Marineland’s Nellie keeps on ticking, at almost 59 years, a dolphin in captivity

So sad that Nellie the dolphin has lived the last 59 years, since February 27, 19stinking53 in captivity.  1953.

Have you lived in one room of one house all that time?  Were you even born in 1953?  I wasn’t.  Have you lived even your mere 21 or 25 or 35 years in one room of one house?

Can you think that thought?  Imagine that image?  59 years.

Nellie doesn’t have to try.  She has absolutely no choice.

To those of you who don’t think that Nellie should have a choice, I say, shame.

7 responses to “Marineland’s Nellie keeps on ticking, at almost 59 years, a dolphin in captivity

  1. I have observed Nellie numerous times during my life and her bahavior has always been demonstrably happy. Surely she would not have lived to be 59 years old if she was unhappy! She certainly is not a candidate to be abandoned in the wild at this point in time. That would be inexcusably cruel.

  2. It is unfortunate that you believe, apparently, that retraining dolphins for a life in ocean water is abandoning them. But you make a good point that Nellie has made this long says something about her ability to live longer than most captive dolphins.

  3. Nellie was born at Marineland, so she doesn’t know anything else. The fact that she is almost 60 years old and has outlived even wild dolphins, she must be content and happy.

    • You are right that she doesn’t know anything else. Concluding that she is content and happy, however, just because she is the longest-living dolphin in captivity, is a little like concluding that because a smoker lives to be 100 and dies of old age, that smoking is not related to cancer. It is a convenient conclusion for those who want to continue smoking, or holding dolphins in captivity.

  4. So it’s about living free and swimming about 100 miles a day in the vastness of the ocean versus living in a prison cell FOR 59 YEARS!!!!!! How can people possibly think that she is happy!?? It’s utter madness. Think. Please Do Not pay to see a cetacean in captivity Ever again.

  5. Oh for heaven’s sake, save the drama for your mama. She has not had to live in fear of being killed, has not had to suffer seeing her offspring killed in front of her, has never wanted for food or mental stimulation, has never known lack of veterinary care. She’s had a great life. No mammal in the wild wanders further than it needs to in order to forage for food.

    • Yes, you’ve pretty much captured all the anthropomorphized justifications for captivity. But as to drama . . . “live in fear of being killed”? Now, there’s some drama.

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