Written by Josue Santiago Friday, 08 July 2011 00:00
25 años •• Libra
What does the tattoo on the inside of your bicep represent?
I got the tattoo about a year ago and it symbolizes my passion and bliss for marine mammal training and the ocean.
What is it about marine mammals that draw you to them?
Marine mammals are amongst the most intelligent animals on our planet. I think it is amazing that we can interact and build such incredible relationships which such animals and form bonds like no other. They each have their own personality like each of us.
What do you say to people who feel that keeping marine mammals in captivity is inhumane?
Animal rights activists need to understand the subject of having marine mammals in marine life parks is three dimensional. Marine mammal facilities save the lives of injured and beached animals. Certain animals are not able to be released back into the wild because of permanent injuries and some even lose their natural ability to hunt after being under human care for a long time. These animals tend to live longer in captivity than they would in the wild because they can't fight off diseases – and they get the best veterinary care. I believe in the mission of conservation and education that these marine life parks have with their animals.