A few years ago, I wrote a column about the importance of keeping your pet’s dolphin pool clean, and then, just a few months later, I was surprised to find myself on the receiving end of a dolphin pool cleaners lawsuit from one of its customers.
The suit alleged that the dolphin pool was “defaming” its customers by using the term “Dolphin Pool Cleaner,” which it said “is derogatory to the owners of the Dolphin Pool Cleaners and its business model.”
After a trial in September, the court ordered the company to pay $1,000 in damages to the customers and the owners’ legal bills, including “all reasonable attorney fees.”
The company appealed the decision to the San Diego Superior Court.
The ruling is a blow to many people who’ve tried to clean their dolphins.
“Dolphins are a big part of their culture,” says Mary Ellen Schmitt, executive director of the San Francisco Aquarium’s Dolphin Rescue League, which is supporting the plaintiffs in the case.
“They are an endangered species and we all want them to be safe and well-treated.”
A couple of years ago the Dolphin RescueLeague teamed up with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to create a website that’s designed to help people understand how to keep their dolphins healthy.
Its first article on the subject, titled “How to Clean a Dolphin Pool,” says that cleaning your own dolphins is simple: “If you are keeping your dolphin pool healthy, then the Dolphin Cleaners Dolphin Pool is an absolute necessity.”
While some dolphins do live in the wild, a lot of them are kept in captivity.
The law in many countries bans the importation of dolphins into countries where they’re considered dangerous, or to countries where the trade in dolphins is banned.
If you’re a dolphin-owner, there’s an easy way to protect your animal and help ensure its health.
There are several dolphin-specific cleaning products on the market, but if you want to keep your dolphin’s pool healthy without spending $300 on a $50 cleaner, you might consider a dolphin scrub.
“It’s a simple scrub, with a very mild bleach solution that will remove algae and other contaminants,” Schmitt says.
“If your dolphins are sick, they’re sick because they are under stress.”
If you’ve been keeping your dolphins in captivity, then you’re probably already aware of the dangers of keeping dolphins in confined environments.
Some dolphins in the aquarium trade are kept at the San Fransisco Aquarium in San Francisco.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, they are not allowed to be released or transported into a foreign country for slaughter, but are not permitted to roam free in their own habitat.
If you want a cleaner that will kill the bacteria that causes parasites, but will also kill the parasites themselves, a disinfectant-free cleaner might be the way to go.
There are also other products available for keeping your animals in captivity that are more gentle on your animals.
“There are a lot out there, but not everything is a winner,” Schmit says.
“It’s all about the money,” Schumann says.
If a company offers a cleaner to you, ask for a rebate and get the product.
“You can’t get rid of the bad bacteria,” she adds.
A cleaner that can kill the viruses and bacteria found in captive dolphins can help keep them healthier and happier.
Some of the cleaners Schmitt has used include EcoTek’s Bacteria Cleaner, which has been tested for effectiveness, and the Ecolab Pro-Sew.
“These cleaners are effective and safe, but the fact that they’re not used in the dolphin tank means it’s not in their best interest,” Schumpt says.
A dolphin cleaning service can be a good way to avoid spending hundreds of dollars on a product that may not be suitable for the conditions of your aquarium.
“We do this for a reason,” Schumm says.
You might want to consider an alternative cleaner that you know is effective, or at least safer than the one you’re using.
“This could be a safe alternative,” she says.
You may also want to get advice from an experienced dolphin keeper, or someone with experience in dolphin care.
“Do your research and consult a dolphin care professional if you have any questions,” Schimm says.
If your concern is related to your aquarium’s management or welfare, then it’s important to find a dolphin cleaner that has a proven track record in the captive breeding industry.
“A dolphin tank is an important source of fresh water for the dolphins,” Schuhm says.
In the wild dolphins can drink fresh water from the ocean, and their bodies absorb the chlorine that’s created from the chlorine in the air.
“I can tell you that when a dolphin’s in a tank, it’s a very natural and healthy thing to have,” Schmuss says.