When I stayed at the Royal Aquarium Resort in Curacao, guests had free access to the aquarium right next-door. I haven't been visiting zoos or aquariums over the past few years. I've been very involved in animal rescue for about a decade. My husband and I have had at least 100 foster animals in our care during those years. We also donate food, money and transfer pets when they need to be spayed or neutered or brought to a safe shelter.
So truth be told if I had not had free access to the aquarium I probably would not have visited it while on the island of Curacao. However I saw right away that the animals seemed very well cared for and I did do some research on whether or not aquariums and zoos are all bad. Of course there are some good ones and some bad ones and as with most issues, there are two sides to every story.
During my first visit to the aquarium, I saw one of the trainers talking to a family who really wanted a kiss from a sea lion. She was adamantly telling the family that, "today was not a good day for the sea lions as they were not kissing and the trainers were not going to try to make them". The trainer seemed to care more about the animals than what the people wanted to pay money for.
I am still sure how I feel on the whole aquarium and zoo issue(s). I do not believe animals should be used for entertainment or kept in captivity only for that reason. That said, at this point, I don't see myself making it a habit of visiting zoos and or aquariums in the future.
As you can see from the following links there are some good reasons to have animals in sanctuaries as some are becoming extinct and need protection. I certainly would not want my cats roaming free they are completely indoor cats. Perhaps they would be less bored being allowed to go outside but they would not be safe from other predators, automobiles, and diseases. I realize that comparing my domestic cats to large marine life is probably not a great example, but some large animals do need protection for various reasons.
I did want to share my photos and thoughts. I am curious to hear what your thoughts are on zoos, aquariums and sanctuaries. Please leave your thoughts and experiences in the comment section.
Most of these photos and other can be found on my Pixabay account. Pixabay has hundreds of thousands of photos that can be used for free in a variety of sizes and you don't have to worry about getting in trouble as they are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. Here is my account: Mariamichelle' photos
Below is a baby sea lion nursing:
The dolphins put on an amazing fifteen minute show. There were several mother and daughter dolphins in the show. The younger ones were still learning their jumps and stunts.
I did pay twenty dollars for a kiss from a dolphin. It stuck it's tongue out at me afterward!
The sea lions were equally as amazing!
Thank you so much for stopping by and please leave your comments below have a great week.
I will leave you with a video of a baby sea lion nursing: