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Phuket's dolphinarium: too warm for dolphins and for the audience

Setback for Phuket Dolphinarium: Venue Ruled Too Warm for Dolphins and Audience

Monday, December 22, 2014
PHUKET: The opening of Phuket's controversial dolphinarium is likely to be delayed because the water in the pool is too warm, Phuketwan has learned. There are other issues, too.

The large circular 900-seat venue, near the Phuket Zoo, is also too warm for patrons, inspectors from Bangkok are believed to have found.

The Ph level in the water, which defines the acid level, is too low, Problems would be created with dolphin urine, a report is understood to say.

A second pool would also be necessary as well as the main pool in case a dolphin fell sick, the inspectors say.

Phuketwan understands that the proposal to open the dolphinarium involves bringing six bottlenose dolphins onto the island.

There is no timetable for response but the dolphinarium's owners are likely to have to reassure inspectors at a point when all the suggested improvements have been carried out before a final decision can be made.

Officers from the Department of Fisheries checked the venue early last month.

Environmentalists against keeping dolphins in captivity have staged a campaign that resulted in Thai authorities looking more closely at the dolphinarium in southern Phuket.

If the venues eventually does open, an expat trainer would be employed, Phuketwan understands.

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Good News

I really hope they will be unable to fix those issues.

Posted by MJ on December 22, 2014 18:39

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Glad to hear there's one industry that isn't a Thai exclusive occupation.

Posted by slickmelb on December 22, 2014 18:54

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I thought Phuket were trying to attract
"high quality" tourists. In many cases "High Quality" tourists would think Thailand is a cruel place sadly like Singapore which has great rights for people but Sentosa is a real "Zoo" Why do humans have to cage other animals for human enjoyment. Is this an intelligent act, no I think perverse in many ways. Let animals be animals in their natural habitat! Animals do not cage us, leave them alone.

Posted by Fiesty Farang on December 22, 2014 18:56

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This is one "setback" I consider a big step into the right direction.

Posted by Herbert on December 22, 2014 19:55

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Treating dolphins so cruelly, forcing them to live in such a small envirenment and to do tricks to entertain the public should not be supported by anyone

Posted by Paul on December 22, 2014 20:38

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I for one am delighted to hear this. A step in the right direction.

Posted by Delighted on December 22, 2014 21:35

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Only a few technical glitches that are easy to iron out, pH control just requires a pump skid, suitable chemical and a controller...water temperature just a set up with heat exchanger and cooling tower and internal temperature control just require adequate AC capacity..but installed capacity maybe adequate once the water temperature is lowered. all of it things that should have been considered when designing the dolphinarium .

Posted by Sailor on December 23, 2014 00:41

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I really do hope the developers never ever fix their problems and I hope the Thai officials stick to their decissions, NOT to let this venue ever open.
Dolphins should be free in the wild, not in a tiny pool, to amuse people.
We hate human slavery, I keep on praying that animals in Thailand do not become human slaves of attraction.
Great news indeed PW.

Posted by Duncan B on December 23, 2014 07:21

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Hat off to the authorities for making an educated and right decision

Posted by sky on December 23, 2014 07:27

Editor Comment:

It's a delay, not a final decision.

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Through my work, i discovered that this place is already being promoted in China, so we shouldn't keep our hopes up too high.

Posted by Carl on December 23, 2014 09:03

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Phuket do not need this kind of animal prison, I wish it will be banned by authorities. The owner(s) of this fail project are hoping for quick tourists cash hastily building something even not responding to the norms. At least they could use it as their own swimming basin and people will throw them some sardines.

Posted by jean-paul patrick on December 23, 2014 10:11

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I really do hope the developers never ever fix their problems and I hope the Thai officials stick to their decissions, NOT to let this venue ever open.
Dolphins should be free in the wild, not in a tiny pool, to amuse people.
We hate human slavery, I keep on praying that animals in Thailand do not become human slaves of attraction.

Posted by yolanda soto on December 27, 2014 10:25

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It is illegal to capture a wild dolphin in Thailand's waters. Why then is it legal to import dolphins from other countries for entertainment facilities?
If it ever opens it will be one place I will NOT visit and no visiting Phuket.

Posted by Sophie on December 27, 2014 11:05

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@ yolanda soto. Thanks for quoting my comment. I believe that male Bottle-nosed dolphins can be very aggressive, especially towards other males. The males can kill each other and also juvenile dolphins. They are also very fast swimmers and can cover one side of this pool to the other with one cycle of their tail. Two flaps of their tail would have them in the audience seating. NO this attraction must become a repulsive venue.

Posted by Duncan B on December 27, 2014 18:00

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I wanted to express my gratitude to all the protestors for bringing this issue to light. I can only hope the Thai media actually gives this issue more coverage.

Posted by Turtle2Pond on January 10, 2015 06:00


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