Two Dolphins Possibly Killed by Techno Music in Switzerland

Sure, this tragic tale took place in Switzerland, but Miami is home to almost as many dolphins as it is to techno DJs, and it's a sad reminder that the two should never, ever be mixed.

The Connyland aquarium and amusement park decided it would be a good idea to host a two-day rave on their property, and told animal rights activists that their dolphin's enclosures, only 50 meters from where the rave was to be held, were designed to be soundproof.

So the rave went on, and hard techno music blasted for 16 total hours at the park.

"The sound levels which would have been heard by the dolphins is comparable with that of a pneumatic drill on top volume," Andreas Morlok, an animal rights activist told The Daily Mail. "Before the event we warned of these noise levels and the damage which could be done and called for the event to be called off."

At first the dolphins seemed unaffected and were forced to continue on performing at the park. However, according to The Local, about 20 days later, Shadow, an 8-year-old dolphin, was found disoriented and agitated in his pool and eventually died a few hours later.

Now animal protection groups claim that the non-stop noise and stress from the rave may have damaged Shadow's immune system.

World Radio Switzerland now reports that a second dolphin also died from similar mysterious symptoms over the weekend.

Though an official cause of death won't be available for a few weeks, it seems it's a safe beat that dolphins and techno don't mix.

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Orca JayP
Orca JayP

The planned White out Party at the Miami Seaquarium next week will have very loud music and fireworks. This event is held by Care Resource who states their mission to be about SAFETY and RESPONSIBILITY . They have not considered the marine mammals in their planning. This level of noise can and will disorient and in some cases kill sound-sensitive marine mammals.

Do not attend this event and please ask Care Resource to relocate their party.

Mortonmerl
Mortonmerl

Dolphins should not be in captivity.  They should be free in the ocean where they belong - well away from Raves and drugs!

mac
mac

It was the Japanese from the South Park episode:"Faaaaaak you, Daaaphin!" 

Niki Gianni
Niki Gianni

And unfortunately, very soon, Miami Seaquarium will be hosting a similar loud dance party called "The White Party" - just a stone's throw from their own dolphin and whale pools. Hmm, makes you wonder what's going to happen there! When will people learn these beautiful, intelligent, highly social animals do not belong in concrete tanks?!

Amanda_McC
Amanda_McC

Interesting considering that this year's White Party will be held in a field next to Miami Seaquarium.

Hellboy-mac
Hellboy-mac

Well, maybe they were dolphin sensors and took thief lives after LADY GAGA came on

Nia
Nia

THEY FOUND OUT THE RAVERS FED THEM DRUGS, YOU ALL FAIL

Hellboy-mac
Hellboy-mac

How rediculous....ABBA would have them jumping through hoops, I'm sure.

Does anyone know where dolphins come from? Techno rave's right?

Octofysh
Octofysh

My theory is they died from the monotony and the sheer crappiness of Eurotrash dancemusic.

poopsicle
poopsicle

theory: after having a taste of heaven the dolphins decided to take their own lives, say fuck captivity and make a bee-line straight to heaven to continue the party with jesus

baud
baud

It is a wonder that any life can survive the music nowadays.

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