Around the world, aquatic animals of all sizes are kept in aquaria for humans to observe. In almost every case, there is little enrichment for the animals, who live in mostly-barren tanks or small lagoons, sometimes in view of the open ocean. Some animals, like turtles and sting rays, are kept in “touch tanks” which allow visitors to interact with these highly sensitive creatures. While there is ample science showing that marine mammals suffer in captivity and in isolation, dolphins, orcas, belugas, and other marine mammals are still kept in tanks in marine parks and aquaria around the world – and in some jurisdictions are still actively bred.

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