Wake Bali Adventure Resort, situated on the east coast of Bali, is onto a nice little earner. It charges children $100 USD (and adults $110) to spend 45 minutes in a small chlorinated pool with four dolphins. After the 45 minutes is up, you get out of the 10 x 20m pool and carry on with your holiday — perhaps you go for a dip in the sea, just a few metres’ walk from the sea’s edge, or for a surf at the world famous right-hander Keramas just round the corner. The dolphins, on the other hand, enjoy no such freedom. The chlorine and prolonged absence from their natural habitat, moreover, could cause them serious health problems.
Clearly something ain’t right here. Sydney surfer and professional surf forecaster Craig Brokensha has started a petition to put an end to the madness, and Chippa Wilson (see below) has been helping spread the word. Read the petition (below), sign it (here), and if you were thinking of staying at Wake Bali Adventure Resort, think again.
“As a regular ocean user and surfer, interaction with dolphins in their natural habitat occurs semi-regularly.
The discovery of an adventure park on the beach containing a small pool 10m x20 m about 400 metres south of Komune Resort and the famous Keramas surf break housing 4 dolphins in chlorinated water for tourists to swim and play with was a huge shock.
A similar dolphin facility was closed down 2 years ago by the Minister of Forestry, Zulkifli Hasan, with a pledge to close any other dolphin attraction sites.
After initial protests when the Indonesian owned, Wake Bali Adventure Park opened last July, the resort still remains open and the dolphins remain trapped in a tiny chlorinated pool.
This is a request for Wake Bali Adventure Park to free the dolphins and allow them to be re-introduced into the wild, where they belong.
Please note that there are NO dolphins in the pool at Komune Bali Resort at Keramas and Komune’s owners Tony Cannon and Luke Egan are both surfers and actively support organisations protecting marine mammals.
Also note, these dolphins can’t be simply rescued and returned straight to the ocean. They need to be rehabilitated and there are pens setup for this detailed here.”
Bali – There was nothing worst for me then walking past a small pool (10x20m) with 4 of these beautiful animals every time I surfed keramas! People need to stop supporting these companies and go for a swim in the ocean where you most likely will see these animals free. Chlorinated pools are for humans not Dolphins. #borntobewild #wakebalidolphinssucks #animalcruelty There’s a link on my page, please sign the petition to free these beauties! Spread the word 🙂