It was news to me but Pattaya is going to have their own dolphin world. I heard this tonight on Pattaya local radio. Okay it claims to be a first for Pattaya but it isn't unless you really stretch a point because there are dolphins kept in a muddy hole at the Temple of Truth at the other side of Naklua (which really is part of Pattaya). These dolphins do shows daily.
Okay dolphins do play a bit of a part in Pattaya culture. Everyone who lives here knows the Dolphin roundabout. Dolphins also figure in some of the artwork along the Coconut Bar too.....but but but is this exhibit going to be any better than the commercially exploitative shows in the likes of Bangkok Safari World and Oasis Sea World?
I am not against the keeping of dolphins in captivity but I am against commercial exploitation, no conservation, inadequate facilities and failure to properly educate people about these wonderful creatures. What we do not need is yet another dysfunctional zoo in Thailand and especially around Pattaya. Far too many already.
It remains to be seen how this new venture will measure up. It surprises me that I did not learn about it before now. I was very much aware of a similar venture planned for Phuket in the south of Thailand because of the protests surrounding it, Here in Pattaya...not a whisper.
Here is the news item:
"A team from Pattaya People Media Group led by CEO Mr. Niels Colov together with Nova Radio 87.5 FM was invited to attend the official opening of the new Pattaya Dolphin World and Resort on Friday afternoon. Located near Phoenix Golf Club in Huay Yai, and still under construction, this amazing sea world style resort promises to become one of the top tourist attractions in the area. Guests were welcomed by the Board Director, Police Lt. Col. Natapong Wattanasukon and given a sightseeing tour of the shows already completed – one attraction appropriate for Pattaya is the exciting Dolphin Show, the first Dolphinarium in Pattaya. Many years ago, Dolphins were often seen swimming in abundance in the sea around Pattaya Bay and hence became the symbol representing the growing seaside city.
The Dolphin World premises will be completed in December, 2011 with attractions including adventure zones for all ages, with rock climbing, shooting galleries, go cart racing and bungee jumping. News stories placed on this website are short versions. If you would like the full story, please read the Pattaya People Weekly newspaper" LINK
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