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Do you dream of owning a dolphin in the USA? Then you’ll need to read this.

A Dolphin With A Boy: Owning a dolphin

Have you ever wondered if you could own and keep your very own dolphin right there in your backyard? Or have you been dreaming of the possibility of creating your own miniature marine park as part of your home or business premises.

Imagine having a playful bottlenose dolphin in a nice pool on your grounds. That would delight your kids and visitors and stand you out as being really cool wouldn’t it?

But what are the legalities involved in owning a dolphin in the USA? Is it even legal to keep such

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The Guiana Dolphin is a relatively smaller-sized animal that can live in both freshwater and salt water.

Guiana Dolphin

A Guiana Dolphin (Photo: Instituto Boto Cinza, cc by-s.a. 2.5)

The Guiana Dolphin is a relatively small-sized cetacean dwelling in the Atlantic Ocean around parts of South and Central America.

Interestingly, though it’s a member of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae) along with species like the Orcas (killer whales) and the bottlenose dolphins, it can live both in salt and freshwater.

The Guiana dolphin is similar in appearance to the bottlenose dolphin although it is lighter in

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Dolphins are very inventive when it comes to hunting for food as confirmed by pods of killer whales stealing fish from Alaskan fishermen.

Halibut Catch: Killer Whales Stealing Fish

Alaskan Fishermen With Their Halibut Catch (Author: Kolmkolm/WikiMedia Commons cc by-s.a. 4.0)

In what looks like something from a comedy: pods of killer whales (orcas) are trailing the boats of Alaskan fishermen and stealing their catch. These highly intelligent and skilled predators are outwitting the fishermen at every turn in the Bering Sea.

The Bering Sea is a strip of water near the edge of the continental shelf between Alaska and Russia. Also, it’s home to almost 1,500 killer whales and a variety of tasty prey that attract humans and orcas. Especially the halibut, and black cod fish species.

No Laughing Matter

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The sudden transition from the sea to the cage is traumatic for dolphins. Here are the most common signs of stress in captive dolphins.

Dolphins at a dolphinarium: stress in captive dolphins

Captive Dolphins At A Dolphinarium. They Are Kept For Profit And Entertainment.

Imagine how you would feel if you were suddenly taken away from your friends and family to another place. No prior information. No warning. Nothing.

Worst of all, on getting there you are forced to remain in confinement against your will!

This is the plight of dolphins in captivity though their captors would want to convince you otherwise. The signs that a dolphin or other cetacean is undergoing stress are noticeable, some more noticeable than others.

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Whales and dolphins have so many similarities that people often mix them up. But, there are clear differences between them.

A Pod Dolphins: Differences between whales and dolphins

A Pod Of Dolphins At Sea. They Are Smaller And Faster Than Whales

Whales and dolphins are both sea mammals that belong in the order Cetacea, along with the porpoise.

These three creatures have so many similarities that people often mix them up, especially as regards whales and dolphins.

Take for instance the case of the orca or killer whale, which is genetically a dolphin though it has ‘whale’ attached to its name.

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Common Bottlenose Dolphin Breaching Water (PD NASA/Wikimedia Commons)

 The Common Bottlenose Dolphin is probably the most recognizable dolphin species and it’s popular for its intelligence, friendliness and ‘smiling’ face.

This species of dolphin is one of the dolphin species in the family Delphinidae. Others include the the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin and the Burrunan dolphin.

This dolphin is very well-known among humans because of its wide exposure in movies, documentaries, marine parks, etc. They are intelligent enough to spot large fishing boats and they will follow these boats for long seeking scraps of leftover fish.

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