Dancers at Spooky Nights Sea World event

Dancing ‘zombie dolphins’ call for answers during Sea World Spooky Nights


Thanks to your support, we held a 'spooky' event in central Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast calling Sea World out on their lack of transparency over the births, sicknesses and deaths of their dolphins since 1994.

Image credit: World Animal Protection / Carol Slater Photography

To highlight this issue, a pod of ‘zombie dolphins’ danced among gravestones bearing the names of some of the dolphins who lost their precious lives at the theme park under unknown circumstances.

Olivia Charlton, Campaign Manager, World Animal Protection said:

Dusty, Tyson and Sinbad are just some of the dolphins who have died at Sea World, and because of their lack of transparency around sicknesses and deaths, we don’t know why they died.

What we do know is that right now as Sea World hosts their annual Spooky Nights event, the dolphins there are exposed to loud noises and vibrations of nearby rides, screams of visitors, loudspeakers, and fireworks.

The lack of transparency over dolphin births, sicknesses and deaths at Sea World casts a dark shadow over the venue which also happens to be the last venue in Australia to continue to breed dolphins in captivity.

This means that a dolphin bred in captivity today may still be in that same barren pool in 2070. That’s 50 years in captivity!

Large crowds gathered to watch the flash mob action. Volunteers also distributed leaflets to several concerned individuals further educating them about the theme park’s practices. Many of them signed our petition calling on the Queensland government to put an end to captive dolphin breeding, shows and interactions.

Spooky Nights Sea World Event

Sea World is the only venue in Australia that continues to breed dolphins in captivity. Together, we can make this the last generation of dolphins bred in captivity for tourist entertainment.

End dolphin suffering

Call on the Queensland government to ban captive dolphin breeding and stop captive dolphins shows and direct interactions.

Dolphin facts

Common name: Dolphin. Scientific name: Delphinidae. Distribution: Temperate and tropical waters around the world

Dolphins are warm-blooded marine mammals that breathe air. Learn more about these highly intelligent, sociable and playful animals.

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Around 550,000 wild animals are presently undergoing intense physical and mental trauma in the name of tourist entertainment worldwide.

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