Home News Dolphin filmed slamming its head repeatedly against tank walls, animal rights group...

Dolphin filmed slamming its head repeatedly against tank walls, animal rights group upset

According to experts 'boredom, neurosis or depression’ are the possible causes for why an animal would act out this way.

Author

Date

Category

- Advertisement -

Singapore—Animal rights group Empty The Tanks posted a video of a dolphin on slamming its head repeatedly against the wall of a tank, reportedly at the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) S.E.A Aquarium.

The video was filmed on December 1 and to date; the post has gone viral, shared more than 2,000 times.

In a caption accompanying the post, it says the footage was brought to the attention of the group by a supporter.

“This distressing behaviour is one of the many reasons dolphins do not belong in captivity.

However, in the Daily Mail report, it says the video clip was filmed last year by a concerned member of the public, who then sent it to Empty The Tanks.

- Advertisement -

According to experts ‘boredom, neurosis or depression’ are the possible causes for why an animal would act out this way.

However, The Daily Mail also said that a spokesperson for SEA Aquarium, where there are over 20 dolphins in captivity for the Dolphin Island exhibit, could not confirm whether the video clip was captured there.

Rachel Carbary, who founded Empty the Tanks, told The Straits Times (ST) that a visitor to SEA Aquarium in 2018 saw the dolphin’s behaviour and filmed it.

“During his visit, he witnessed the disturbing dolphin behaviour seen in the video and chose to record it. We have shared this video on social media in the hope of bringing more attention to the plight of these sentient animals that continue to suffer in captivity.”

Marine mammal scientist Dr Naomi Rose from the Animal Welfare Institute explained that what the dolphin is doing in the clip is called stereotypy, which means a repeated act that has no overt purpose.

She says this kind of repetitive, pointless, even self-damaging behaviour is the essence of stereotypy. 

But admits to ST it’s hard to say exactly what is going on though she insists it is a sign of poor emotional health.

Veterinarians from the Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS) at National Parks Board in Singapore went to see the dolphin pens at RWS on Thursday, December 5.

They did not witness any “abnormal” behaviour from the animals there, according to Dr Chua Tze Hoong, a group director at AVS.

RWS claims the behaviour of the dolphin was because of its ‘curiosity’ about its surroundings and people and that it is not that uncommon in dolphins.

In a statement to Coconuts Singapore, RSW said, “We are uncertain of the source of the video but we can share some natural behavioural traits of dolphins.

Dolphins have a natural curiosity about people and their surroundings. They are also very social and enjoy playing with other dolphins.

As part of their natural behaviour, they communicate with each other through echolocation, making high-pitched clicking sounds and other playful actions such as nudging objects using their rostrums to attract attention.” -/TISG

Read related: Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall shocked that Singaporeans send animals found in nature to the zoo

Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall shocked that Singaporeans send animals found in nature to the zoo

Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Cap of 5 people for social gatherings and household visits; Lawrence Wong warns of possibility of another circuit breaker

Singapore -- Octets out, quintets in. Social gatherings will be limited to five people, no more groups of eight. New restrictions are coming into place from May 8 to May 30 to curb the Covid-19 spike in Singapore. The new restrictions will take...

MOH asks hospitals to delay non-urgent surgeries to conserve resources for Covid patients

Singapore— With Covid-19 cases rising, the Ministry of Health (MOH) asked hospitals on Monday (May 3) to delay non-urgent surgeries and give priority to the treatment of Covid patients. In a statement, MOH said it is "working closely with all public and...

5 KTPH staff disciplined for ‘error’ that led to unnecessary treatment of breast cancer patients 

Singapore—Five staff members of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) have been disciplined for a laboratory incident that led to inaccurate test results and unnecessary treatment for some breast cancer patients. The staff members were disciplined for "not adequately performing their duties and...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

Theindependent