Captive Performers

Dolphin exhibitions, primarily of bottlenose dolphins and orcas (killer whales), became popular in the 1960s. Today more than 300 parks worldwide feature marine mammals. Ninety percent of the cetaceans in captivity are dolphins; the rest include belugas and porpoises.

Graphic showing number of dolphins in captivity throughout the world
*January 2015 estimate; many countries don’t keep records.
álvaro Valiño and Tony Schick. Sources: CETA-base; Orca Home