On The Tenth Dive of Christmas, My Buddy Gave to Me...
Ten lords-a-leaping, goes the song, and that's exactly what dolphins are famous for, so it wasn't a tough choice for our tenth Christmas dive!
Earlier this year we did a Top 10 Places to Dive with (or at least see) dolphins.
In many locations, it's quite common to see dolphins riding the bow of a dive boat, and it leads some people to forget that some dolphin populations are very much under threat. Chief among these are some of the river dolphins, their numbers dwindling thanks to mass river pollution, especially in India (Ganges river dolphin) and China (Baiji river dolphin) but in other locations, they are hunted for meat, and often fall victim to fishing nets and boat traffic.
Dolphins, also famous for their intelligence and playful nature, are often captured and placed into captivity for public entertainment in the form of 'dolphin shows'. While there are internationally agreed standards for their treatment, many are kept in squalid conditions in tiny tanks and swimming pools. Some tour operators have begun to recognise this problem, and in 2017, Thomas Cook took a major step forward when it blacklisted a number of dolphinariums that do not meet those standards, although needless to say, an outright ban on all such entertainment would be welcomed by conservationists throughout the world.
A meeting at the world whale conference also encouraged countries to sign up to new standards for interaction with wild cetaceans.
While they may be regularly sighted from boats, encounters with dolphins underwater are much less common, and swimming with these beautiful animals is a privilege, so the 360° video is quite fun to watch.
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