RWS gives dolphins in captivity pedicure, manicure

Posted on 17 September 2013

Public relations charm working wonders for dolphin captors.


In a bid to prove to mankind that dolphins in captivity have it better, Resorts World Sentosa went on a public relations offensive to woo back a sceptical public.

Tn The Straits Times yesterday, they tried to show that RWS’s Marine Life Park employed 36 trainers for its 24 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins ahead of the opening of the Dolphin Island attraction, insinuating superiority in cultivating care-giving conditions.

Hong Kong’s Ocean Park only has 40 trainers caring for 40 marine animals, including 18 dolphins, insinuating that Singapore is doing a far better job.

And Singaporeans are biting the bait, hook, line and sinker.

Bu Hu Hu, a local, said: “If you look carefully at those ST photos, you’d wouldn’t be able to see the tears in dolphins’ eyes. Because the tears have already been washed away by the water.”

However, the effusive praise for RWS is still flowing from some other Singaporeans.

Tong Wu Yuan, a Singaporean, said: “Ya, after I read the article I feel that it is totally justified to steal dolphins from their natural wild habitat so that they can learn stunts and perform to a paying audience to boost the share prices of Resorts World group.”

“Ya, that’s great. All animals deserve to be eaten or played with. Come Resorts World, I clap for you.”

Three of the original 27 dolphins caught from the Solomon Islands in 2008 and 2009 have died from bacterial infections, two in October 2010 while being held in Langkawi, and one last November on the way from the Philippines to Singapore.

The current surviving dolphins have been christened “Saddest Dolphins in the Universe” by rights group.

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