Swimming with dolphins in the Riviera Maya is one of the most popular and controversial activities due to the fact that it works with dolphins in captivity. A cruel practice for the dolphin that excites thousands of tourists every day in the Riviera Maya.

I was born in Barcelona and my first contact with dolphins It was in the city zoo, where in a small open aquarium they made a show: you saw them jumping on the hoop, flapping their backs, giving kisses to the caretaker-tamer, I liked to see the dolphins, a lot, it's a beautiful animal and the fact of being able to see it is great.

I never woke up or I was awakened by an awareness beyond the naturalness of growing up in an environment where normal living with animals locked, fed the idea with dozens of movies where they show us zoos and aquariums with trainers-tamers with splendid smiles that have a bond of strong love with the animal in captivity. Caregivers love animals, it is difficult to think of them as abused animals. You grow up with that culture without more, at least that happened to me.


Swim with dolphins in Riviera Maya

Swimming with dolphins in Riviera Maya It is one of the most popular activities for the visitor. Thousands of happy faces, including the dolphins and their loving caregivers, is a difficult experience to resist. You want to do it, without thinking!


And so I did, without thinking about it, as surely many do. For years I have not been aware of the suffering caused by living in captivity, let's not forget that dolphins are of the most intelligent animals on the planet. In Riviera Maya this Swim business with dolphins started in the 90 years with the Xcaret Group, which boasts of being a green company, another hoax in the form of input into our poor thinking brain system. No company that is dedicated to this business of captive animals is an environmentalist, period.


Why not swim with dolphins?

We see dolphins well in captivity, if they even applaud and smile at us, they seem to adapt well to captivity ... but the truth is that dolphins are not as happy as they seem in shows. I dare say that its adaptability is not at all synonymous with its being a good animal for to tame, without forgetting that the confinement is for and for the simple recreation of the human being. There is a whole history behind that captivityFrom how they are hunted, their transfers, the dismemberment of dolphin families, their short life expectancy in captivity. Knowing a little more makes us become aware, although it is not easy in the face of all that marketing machinery of happy faces in dolphinariums that makes it difficult to think about them, simply about the one in front of you, the dolphin, without smiles.

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My conscience was awakened by reading articles about dolphins that at some point came to me. Maybe if I had read something like that before I would not have done the swim with dolphins in closed waters. I have been able to see dolphins in the wild, and I have by far a better experience in the wild than in captivity. Swim with dolphins It is an activity that could have totally happened, and that I have done with three of the people I love the most in this life, and I have unforgettable memories in that sense. But swimming with dolphins is not worth it, for real. Of course it is enjoyed, but I have enjoyed more seeing them in freedom or with other types of experiences that give you much more. Comparing it with another controversial activity in Quintana Roo, the swim with the whale shark, this is an experience not to forget that it is done in open water with the animal in freedom.

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As regards the swimming activity with dolphins there is not much talk about attacks in dolphinariumsHow are these cute animals going to attack? Without going any further, my mother broke a phalanx of her toe when a dolphin hit her, a fracture that left her crooked toe, which she tenderly bragged about. If you think the dolphin is an animal piece, and you get into a pool with him, you get closer and you trust his tender little face, that even with a cow you think about it more in the middle of the field, go. The videos that I link are not to scare you, how many times do attacks happen I do not know, but maybe I never thought about the possibility that it could happen, something that is not mentioned.

There are many open debates about the activity of the swimming with dolphins, while in Riviera Maya It seems to be a business covered by the law of money, which governs the world.

I just smiled, no conscience towards the dolphin

The best way to position yourself to stop this activity is to do not go to dolphinariums no spaces where animals are taken out of their natural habitat for our recreation. There are a thousand better things to do in this life.

Good way,

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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