As a part of this work, Dolphin Marine Magic cares for the amazing animals that call our park home on daily basis and we also rescue and rehabilitate sick or injured marine animals and release them back to their natural homes. LINK
Aside from presenting our animals to the general public, we also take our role as educaters further by inspiring the next generation to change their behavior through unquine, hands on education programs at the park where school children interact with our animals in a lessons they will remember forever. LINK
Dolphin Marine Magic also leads the way within the local business and industry community through our partnership with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage in their Sustainability Advantage Program. Through these sorts of programs, Dolphin Marine Magic is demonstrating realistic and attainable ways for businesses to go 'green' and the park was recently honored with a bronze partner award and achieved 'Zero carbon footprint for waste to landfill'. LINK
For more information on what we do at Dolphin Marine Magic, please read on through our website.
All our dolphins and seals have either been born under human care or have been rescued and rehabilitated but then deemed unsuitable for release by an independent body (usually National Parks and Wildlife Services) and so must remain under our care in order to survive.
We deplore the annual drive catches at Taiji and strongly believe that all animals belong in the wild wherever possible, doing our upmost to return all rescue and rehabilitation cases to the ocean if we are able. For more information about the personal histories of our animals and the reasons they have been rescued, please go to 'Meet our stars'.
Because of our strict stance on the capture of wild dolphins, Dolphin Marine Magic has never in the past and will never in the future purchase or obtain a dolphin or the offspring of a dolphin that has been captured through driving catches that occur in Japan or any other location around the world nor do we associate with or support any facility that does.
There are many people who claim that simply by having dolphins in our care, we are supporting the capture of the dolphins from the wild, regardless of the fact that all our dolphins have been rescued with injuries or born at the park. We believe that this is an extremely unfair generalisation and the same as claiming anyone who works in a clothing store or buys clothes is supporting child sweat shops in China, regards of where the clothes actually come from.
We believe that through our strict stance on wild dolphin capture, along with similar stances from other like minded facilities around Australia and the world, we are leading the way in the marine mammal care industry and we hope that we can one day change the views and stances of these facilities that do still support the needless capture of dolphins from the wild.
Past attempts that have been made to retrain animals that have lived under human care for release into the wild have not only been notoriously expensive but it also has a very slim track record of success. Even Paul Watson, founder of Sea Shepard, has noted that money spent attempting to release high profile animals back into the wild is wasted money that could have been better spent highlighting other major environmental issues.
Many famous release attempts have ended tragically for the animals released including Keiko, the Orca made famous in Free Willy, who died suddenly after tens of millions of dollars was spent attempting to training him for release back into the wild or the dolphins from the Atlantis Marine Park in Western Australia who either vanished upon release and are assumed to have died or had to be returned to human after been found in extremely poor health.
Although our animals cannot be released, we firmly believe that we provide our animals the best possible care at Dolphin Marine Magic and through the hands on experience our friendly animals offer our guests, we believe our animals inspire guests to make more of an effort to conserve and protect the wild animals that could our oceans home.
Each animal enclosure at Dolphin Marine Magic either meets or exceeds the standards for exhibition of animals as laid out by the NSW Department of Primary Industries, with the NSW marine mammal standards being some of the most modern and stringent in the whole world.
These standards have been developed through consultation between ourselves and our peers within the marine mammal care industry, various government departments and other non-government organisations and groups and these standards are now being used as the basis for developing new animal standards for other states within Australia.
Dolphin Marine Magic can be reached on (02) 6659 1900 during office hours.
NPWS can be contacted on during office hours or after hours on 6652 0900.
It is important to remember that seals regularly haul to rest on beaches and rocks. This is not a sign that they need help, but if you are worried about them please contact either Dolphin Marine Magic or National Parks and Wildlife Services on the numbers provided above. Please do not approach these animals and make sure you keep your domestic animals at bay. Wild animals may have an illness that might be transferable to you or your pet.
Although our animals are all well trained and very friendly, some of our animals weigh more than 150 kilos and if they could still cause you harm or injury by mistake if they were to bump against you by accident during your program.
Come and see us after your baby is born and both you and your baby can enjoy an experience with both seals and dolphins in our 'Meet The Stars' (LINK) program or when your little one is a little older, join us for a 'Private Shallow Dolphin Experience' (LINK) which is the ideal program for families with young children.
Our animals are only asked to interact with guests for a maximum of two hours on each rostered working day, although they are free to interact with guests of their own accord outside of presentations and interactions for whatever period of time the animals wish. See here for more information about the care and enrichment we provide to our animals.