"The purpose of the energetic spinning behaviour of the spinner dolphin is not known. It has been suggested that the large cloud of bubbles created by the powerful spin and splash landing may act as an echolocation target, to allow a widely dispersed school of dolphins to communicate. Another theory is that the spinning may dislodge hitch-hiking remoras, or the spinning may, at times, simply be play." -
The gif above (extracted from here/sorry for low quality) shows an incident that occurred in the swim with programme at Dolphin Academy on 1st January 2008. A dolphin chose to avoid leaping over the pole instead choosing to turn its body and hurl itself directly at the swim with participants. After the incident one required hospitalisation.
As it seems for whatever reason we are hell bent on keeping dolphins in captivity we simply cannot allow these swim with programmes to continue. They are advertised as fun for families and do we really want to be putting any person, especially children, in a situation where this could happen?
Dolphins are wild animals and no matter how much we try to train them it’s never going to safe for anybody, especially members of the general public, to get into a tank/pool/sea pen with them. Swim with programmes need to stop!
Not to mention the feed dolphin programs - many children have been lunged at/nipped at. Even as recently as the 22 feb 2014. When will Seaworld stop being so greedy and actually care about sea creatures and their guests….