Dolphin Essay

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Braided Essay: Blood dolphins and Endangered Species As my cruise ship approached the port we were about to dock at, I stood near the railing looking down into the beautiful water. Even from fifty feet up, I could see straight to the bottom of the crystal clear water. As my family and I headed towards the main door to exit the ship, the butterflies in my stomach grew more and more excited. Finally, we left the ship and were greeted by a large sign that read, “Welcome to the Bahamas!” Our first stop was to swim with the dolphins. We arrived at the aquarium and sat through a long video explaining how to act around the animals. As I finally stepped into my wet suit, I was able to see a few dolphins jumping up into the air and splashing back…show more content…
If there was no demand to witness the dolphins as if they were spectacles on display, then the captivity industry would have no reason to breed the dolphins. Therefore, no dolphins would be bought from Taiji and the fishermen would be less inclined to continue the murder of these animals. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) uses eight categories to classify animals (Pollock). The first category is extinction. Animals like the steller’s sea cow, Thylacine, and Przewalski’s horse all fall into this category (Pollock). These animals are classified as extinct because they have not been spotted in the wild for at least fifty years. Endangered animals such as the Red Wolf, Mountain Gorilla, and Mediterranean monk seal are all at risk of becoming extinct unless something is done to save them (Pollock). Animals like the Giant Anteater, Manatee, and Jaguar are all placed into the “vulnerable” category(Pollock). These animals are still numerous, but are under great threat. Animals found in only one or few places, or thinly spread over a larger area are considered “rare” (Pollock). Animals in this category consist of the Siberian White Crane, Komodo Dragon, and Kitti’s hog-nosed bat (Pollock). As I continued my research I became aware of the fact that many countries where there are endangered animals are very poor and make money by hunting and/or selling animals. Although I did know that the

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