Delphinus has adopted the best practices in veterinary medicine, training and facilities design, in order to provide the dolphins with the best quality of life and to allow thousands of people to live a unique experience.
Did you know that an adult dolphin eats between 7 and 15 kg of fish per day?
• The dolphins under the care of our veterinarians are given a balanced and personalized diet that takes into account their kilocalorie and other nutritional requirements.
• Their diet is established based on age, sex, physiological state, weight and, if they are female, on whether they are pregnant or lactating.
• They mainly eat herring, capelin and squid with vitamin and mineral supplements.
• Their weight is monitored daily to control their health.
We have the most advanced technology to care for our dolphins.
• Our model of care is based on preventing illness rather than curing it. Everyday, before starting their daily sessions with the visitors, our Care Specialists perform an examination protocol to detect any physical changes.
• If they notice any unexpected behavior during the interactions with visitors, they report it to the veterinarians who carry out meticulous revisions.
• Tests on blood, stomach contents, and mycosis are done periodically to identify early on any change in the dolphin’s health.
• Delphinus has certifications from national and international organizations as well as alliances with prestigious universities and research centers, through which we learn and share cutting-edge techniques and treatments that help to keep healthy our dolphins .
We perform daily activities to avoid the dolphins from getting bored.
• Dolphins are extremely intelligent and learn through examples, imitations and their own experience.
• Our dolphins have learnt that the humans that take care of them are trustworthy because they treat them when they are ill, play with them, feed them and spend time with them. This trust that exists between the dolphins and the specialists is passed on to those who wish to experience spending time with them.
• Communication between the dolphins and their Care Specialist is done through sign language. It is based on “operative conditioning”: a well carried-out action is rewarded with food or with more interesting incentives than food, such as: playing with certain objects, massage sessions or being stroked by their Care Specialist.
We always respect our dolphins’ normal rhythm of life.
• Dolphins, just like any other living being, need rest and recreation. In Delphinus, we are very strict with times, making sure that training activities and interaction with visitors represent moments of directed play.
• Given that we have a large population of dolphins, we can form groups in such a way that periods of interaction and rest are alternated.
• There are daily sessions of “Environmental Enrichment”, during which dolphins are given toys such as balls, floats, hoops, ropes or mattresses to play with.
• If a dolphin does not want to interact with people, whatever the reason may be, it is not forced to do so. It is simply kept under observation to rule out any indications that this behaviour is due to a health problem.
Dolphins are social animals and for their well-being they must live in a group.
• In Delphinus we have over 20 years of experience in the formation of social groups. We have been scientifically recording the behavior and hierarchies among dolphins which allows us to form socially compatible groups.
• Dolphins’ social groups are not necessarily defined by blood ties but functional ties: breeding groups, young males, reproductive males, etc.
• Dolphins learn through imitation which is why it is important that dolphin calves stay with their mother for up to 2 years after birth. She will teach them everything they need to know to survive and live with other dolphins.
• Dolphins also learn from their own experience. Given they are highly evolved mammals, they are naturally very curious and confident.