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#1 stewsmith

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 01:53 AM

I have been informed by a very good friend of mine who is in the Maldives now that the person behind the Captive Dolphin Lagoon is Amir Mansoor.
http://www.haveeru.com.mv/news/38459
He was the number one tennis player in the Maldives for a long time and now a businessman. he owns the safari boats 'Carpe Diem' & 'Carpe Vitae'. Has a fleet of fishing vessels as well and a few shops in male'. he opened up a branch of the fast food joint 'Marry Brown' in male' last month as well. His partners are the owners of Lily Beach Resort and Spa in Ari Atoll.

I would advise all to avoid booking with any of the above companies.

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 02:00 AM

Here's Mr. Amir Mansoor reply to one of the articles about the Dolphin Lagoon in the Scuba-Tribe blog:

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amir mansoor says:
October 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm
I would like to clarify that the information given in this article is totally incorrect and it is a pity that it was published without verifying the facts first. The dolphins of the Maldives will not be captivated nor harmed in any way. The Dolphin Lagoon Maldives is primarily meant as a recreational center offering table tennis, darts, billard, photography, childrens playground, watersports activities and dolphin encounters.

The dolphins that are going to be brought for this project are bottlenose dolphins which were born and raised in captivity. They will be kept in a natural lagoon here in the Maldives with a diameter of 1 km and therefore will have far more space than the place where they are kept now.

Our mission is to present the truth about dolphins despite their popular and sometimes mythological image. We do this by providing an educational venue with our programs. By offering information and interaction we hope to encourage a sense of wonder and fascination based on fact, not fiction.

The physical and mental well being of the animals that will come under our care is our number one priority and therefore we are bringing their trainers and veterinarian as well . The dolphins are free to interact spontaneaously. By fostering a personal bond between the local community and the dolphins, we hope to encourage a sense of committment to the protection and the well-being of dolphins.

Our intention is also to reach out to schools, local handicapped organisations, orphanages and provide them with free lectures and educational material on dolphins followed by direct interaction with the dolphins including transfer to the lagoon.

We hope that with our programs we will be able to raise awareness and care for our under sea world.
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We should not let them or anyone else have captive Dolphins in the Maldives!!!

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 07:22 PM

There is a petition! Stop proposed dolphin lagoon in Maldives
Help End the slaugther of Dolphins in Taiji! Petition Site
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