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  Dolphins 'taken from the sea'
Updated 11 June 2002, 16.37
Tourist kisses a dolphin
Newsround has discovered dolphins are being taken from the wild to swim with tourists at environmental tourist attractions.

Hundreds of tourists on holiday pay more than 75 for the chance to stroke, kiss and swim with dolphins.

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But many of them don't realise some of the dolphins have been caught in the sea especially for the tourists to swim with.

Cruel

Tourists stroke the dolphins
Tourists stroke the dolphins
Rik O'Barry trained one of the worlds most famous dolphins, TV star Flipper, but he now thinks it's cruel to take dolphins out of the sea for tourists to swim with.

"Taking them away from their families, putting them in a cage and they're going to teach somebody about their respect for nature," said Mr O'Barry.

But the people who run the park say the dolphins are treated fairly and letting people swim with them is good because people can learn more about them in a more natural environment.

'Dolphins aren't pets'

Some holiday makers were upset when they learned the truth:

"They're not a pet or a toy - they're wild animals and they should be treated like that," said one boy on holiday near the park.

Campaigners say they'll do all they can to get parks that offer the opportunity to swim with the mammals closed down.

They say visitors get to enjoy one day, but the dolphins face a lifetime in captivity.

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