Somers was born at Dolphin Quest Bermuda where he suffered a broken lower jaw and septicemia death at an early age. DQ staff undermine Somers' injury by chalking it up to roughhousing with other dolphin prisoners, but it would take some real significant force to break the jaw in that way such as a moving propeller or other mechanical device like a gate mechanism. DQ staff could have discovered and treated the septicemia early instead of inflicting Somers to a long flight that can cause stress-related health issues. Somers died at only 12 years old just weeks after the move to Dolphin Quest Hawai'i in 2010. Dolphin Quest recently transferred dolphins via @FedEx between facilities and to @DolphinarisArizona, a traumatic experience for these animals. One of the original wild caught dolphins Pele has been made to breed several times, two of her offspring were recently taken from her in this recent transfer and this definitely isn't the first time they've done this to her and other dolphins that founder Jay Sweeney captured from the ocean. @Dolphin_Quest should be ashamed of themselves, breeding these animals for profit. Dolphin Quest failed miserably in their husbandry obligations with Somers. Their inability to determine a cause of the injury is unacceptable and avoided probable causes that would have required action on DQ's part. How many other Somers stories are there at Dolphin Quest? #DolphinQuestLies #AnimalCruelty #FedExtinction #ARHawaii #AnimalRightsHawaii #CaptivityIsCruel #EmptyTheTanks #DolphinQuest #SeaLifePark #KahalaResort #HiltonWaikoloa #Hawaii
Kai And Yoichi:Kai and Yoichi were two of the first wild captured dolphins at Dolphin Quest. They were both found lying dead on the bottom of the lagoon in the morning upon staff arriving at their Hyatt location (now Hilton Waikoloa). One died in March and one died in April and for a while they couldn't figure out what had gone wrong. It turns out they were poisoned by consuming naturally contaminated reef fish that had swam into their lagoon from the ocean.
- The Marine Mammal Inventory by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
- It is required by federal law to report all births and deaths to this governing body.
- To see just Dolphin Quest's portions you can click here.
- Waikoloa Loses Baby Dolphin- Honolulu Star Advertiser 1994
- It's Hapai Day For 4 Dolphins- Honolulu Star Advertiser 1994
- Toxic Fish Kills 2 Dolphins- Honolulu Star Advertiser
- Hyatt Dolphin Deaths Baffle Vets- Honolulu Star Advertiser
- Dolphins Remain Free In Bermuda- WDC
- Hurricane Gert Wreaks Havoc In Bermuda- BBC America
- Hurricane Lashes, Frees Captive Dolphins- USA Today Part 1 Part 2