3 GOOD REASONS TO STAY AWAY FROM EXCURSIONS THAT ASSURE YOU TO SEE TURTLES, RAYS OR DOLPHINS
Have you ever wonder why you have been spending ages in the water, trying to observe a marine wild animal and some tour operator can guarantee you to meet them during their excursions? How can their presence be predicted in an environment as wide as the ocean?
The unresponsible practice of feeding can alter the behavior of wild animals, encouraging them to stay in pre-established areas to the point of threatening their survival.
Here we give you three GooD reasons not to trust in those who offer you the certainty to observe wild animals during their excursions and some curiosity about the animals we love the most.
Supplemental feeding consists in offering wild animals artificial food to attract them near the tourists.
This procedure has mainly three negative consequences that constitute our GooD reasons not to support this activity.
GooD reason number 1: the food offered is artificial so it is NOT part of the animals natural diet. This increase the cholesterol and pollutant level on their blood.
Would you be happy to eat a toxic jellyfish that smells bacon?
GooD reason number 2: the feeding alter the animals behavior, making them more vulnerable to boat and jet-sky crashes, to fishing baits and to divers touch. Caressing marine animals, in fact, removes their protective mucus layer, making them vulnerable to the attack of the fungi and bacteria living in the water column. Does it appeal to you to be caressed by a grater? Did you know that turtles can hold their breath for hours but usually emerge after 15 or 20 minutes?!?
GooD reason number 3: animals that are normally of a shy and peaceful nature become aggressive. There are many episodes of bite wounds from animals accustomed to supplemental feeding.
You never thought of biting the cheese burger from your brother's hands when you were hungry? Sea turtles do not have teeth, but sharp corneum cases, the dolphins instead have many of them and often their number is important for identification.
Canary Islands are the northern area where we can observe the Green turtle (Chelonia mydas), the biggest species of its family and the only herbivorous one. It is included in the red list of the endangered species and it cross the entire Atlantic to breed and nest.
The protection of the animals we all love is in our choices. We guarantee you that this powerful ocean is generous with those who respect it and is able to naturally give the marvel of many special encounters.