June 18, 2010

In the Spotlight - Don't Feed Wild Dolphins (PSA)

A Fun Video with a Serious Message: Illegal Feeding Harms Both Animals and Humans

“Just stop feeding me!” says an animated dolphin in a new public service announcement released [recently] that highlights the dangers of dolphins getting hooked on human handouts. The PSA was produced by a coalition of government agencies and private organizations.

The video reminds viewers that feeding wild dolphins is not only illegal, it is harmful to dolphins, even causing some to rely on begging for food from humans, upsetting their natural role as hunters and altering their diets. Feeding wild dolphins is a threat to humans, too. Dolphins sometimes become aggressive when seeking food and are known to bite when teased.