An enormous aquarium has opened in Singapore. It has 100,000 species of marine mammals. It has a snorkeling reef, a place to feed manta rays, and a giant viewing panel, the biggest in the world. It sounds great. But there is trouble in deluxe aquarium paradise, in the form of 25 bottle-nosed dolphins currently housed there. Bottle-nosed dolphins are endangered, though it’s not clear how endangered they are, and aquarium officials have not exactly endeared themselves to animal lovers by capturing them.
Aquarium officials justify having the dolphins in their “collection” by saying that being able to study them and educate visitors about them is actually good for the species. Needless to say, dolphin lovers are unmoved by this argument. The dolphins themselves have not commented, but we bet they wish they had a little more space.