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#107011 - 08/06/05 02:47 AM Costa Rica bars swimming with dolphins, sharks
Marty Offline
Costa Rica bars swimming with dolphins, sharks

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- Costa Rican officials are prohibiting people from swimming with dolphins or whales, shutting down a growing tourism industry that has been criticized, an environmental group said Thursday.

The new regulations were published and became law July 28, but they weren't brought to the public's attention until Thursday by the environmental group PROMAR.

The group proposed the new regulations to the Costa Rican government.

Under the new rules, not even researchers will be allowed to swim with dolphins or whales and the animals won't be allowed to be held in captivity.

"The observation of dolphins and whales has grown significantly since 1998 without any legal control until now," PROMAR said in a statement, adding that about 45 companies advertise swimming with dolphins or whales in Costa Rica.

#107012 - 08/06/05 07:54 PM Re: Costa Rica bars swimming with dolphins, sharks
Barbara K Offline
What ever happened to the "swin with dolphin" plan the were proposing for Belize? Hope it went by the wayside.

#107013 - 08/07/05 02:21 PM Re: Costa Rica bars swimming with dolphins, sharks
Katie Valk Offline
Going forward. Just read a story in todays NY Times about the aquarium in Atlanta with two whale sharks. Supply and demand, as long as they are patrons..
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