I know there have been many threads on this subject, but I felt compelled to say something about it since learning of what's going on here. I was looking under "Things to Do" when I came across Manati Park and Dolphin Island. It seems many, many people do not know what these operators inflict on the dolphins. I was shocked when I read the reviews posted by people who know about the conditions the dolphins are kept under.
They are held in small tanks and have to endure up to 200 people a day touching them and riding on them. In addition to that, they put on performances all day. They are very stressed and overworked. They work from 10 AM to 5 PM everyday!
Looking into this subject further, I found a video on Youtube of a poster who video taped his kids dolphin swim. It was so sad. The dolphins worked and worked while the trainer BARKED orders at them. The trainers did not show any love or affection for the animals.
In addition, there have been reports (and at least one review) about the dolphins attacking people. This is due to the constant stress they are under. They do not normally attack people, unless they are made to live in these conditions!
Please, if you have any consideration for the well- being of these beautiful, intelligent creatures DO NOT VISIT THESE PARKS!