The Animal Instinct – People and Animal Safety Are Always Top Priority

Dolphin Encounters on Blue Lagoon Island is featured in the Lifestyles Section of the Nassau Guardian on March 9, 2010.  Shavaughn Moss, the Lifestyles Editor of the paper writes:

Three strikes and that whale should be out was the cry that rang out from some quarters over the course of the past two weeks, after an incident at SeaWorld left a veteran trainer dead in Orlando, Florida.

Dawn Brancheau, 40, was killed when she was dragged into a water tank by a six-ton orca named Tilikum.

With marine mammal facilities in The Bahamas offering encounters with animals and staff that interact with them, their is a question as to just how safe these facilities are for the people that visit them for encounters with the trained animals and the staff that interact with the animals on a daily basis? The question also arises as to whether some animals, especially the biggest ones, have any business being tamed?

According to Dolphin Encounters Director of Marine Mammals Kim Terrell staff at her facility never forget they are working with wild animals with instincts. She says this is something they are taught from day one, and that safety of people and animals are always priority.