Delfinpool-Mexiko020Six dolphins kept in tiny pool: Don’t book a vacation at the Gran Bahia Principe Tulum Holiday Resort!

GRD advises tourists wishing to spend a holiday in Mexico against staying in the Gran Bahia Principe Tulum Holiday Resort at the Caribbean coast.

Animal friends will be shocked: less than 20 m away from their natural habitat, six dolphins are kept in a tiny pool under horrific conditions on the Resort’s premises.

For a fee, guests are invited to swim and play with the bottlenose dolphins in the pool which is just 20 m in diameter and 4 m in depth. People are allowed to pet them, play trainer, being towed by the dolphins, … Children are even encouraged to kiss the dolphins!

Delfinpool-Mexiko019The keeping conditions are horrible: with no shade from the sun and no refuge area the dolphins have to entertain the vacationers from morning to evening seven days a week. The animals suffer terrible stress!

GRD is asking the Mexican government to close the facility immediately and calls upon German travel agencies to cancel this holiday resort from their programs.

While the dolphin pool is located on the premises of the Gran Bahia Principe Tulum, it is operated by the external company Dolphinaris.

Dolphinaris-Tulum-02For this reason some travel agents fail to mention the existence of the dolphin pool and many tourists will have a nasty surprise when they get there. Like one person who drew our attention to this dolphin pool:

"We woke up around 5.30 a.m. because there was of a loud, wailing whistle. I went on the balcony […] from where I could see dolphins lying side by side on the shallow edge of a pool, screaming. I couldn’t believe my eyes. To see these poor animals made my friend cry. If possible we would have left immediately."

We call upon Mexico tourists to boycott the Gran Bahia Principe Tulum Resort!


Latest dolphin news

Requiem for a Dolphin – by Horst Liebl
Nature is not always red in tooth and claw. I witnessed a group of dolphins bear the body of their dead companion on its last journey and I was... read on ...
German dolphin defender and sailing legend Rollo Gebhard passed away
Rollo Gebhard, one of the great adventurers of our time and a pioneer in dolphin conservation, has left for his last journey. The founder and... read on ...
Harbor porpoises and sea birds victims of disastrous Green environmental politics
The German environmental NGOs Society for Dolphin Conservation (GRD) and NABU Schleswig-Holstein warn of massive losses of harbor porpoises and... read on ...
Now and then - History of harbor popoises in German rivers
Over many decades harbor porpoises had disappeared from large parts of the North Sea coasts and their estuaries due to the massive negative... read on ...
Inauguration of our Dolphin Conservation Center in Croatia
Together with our Croatian partners from Zagreb University and the nature conservation organization VAL, we celebrated the inauguration of our... read on ...