BBC News - Is it wrong to swim with dolphins?
According to this article it's stressful to the dolphins to have people swim with them. Dolphins are highly intelligent, sentient beings, I really feel they deserve special consideration from humans.
Swimming with dolphins may be sold as a life-affirming experience, but research shows that it can be traumatic for the sea mammals themselves. So is it time to stop?
It regularly features as one of those transformative experiences to notch up on the "things to do before you die" bedpost - swim with dolphins and discover the very essence of life.
Many tour operators feature it in holiday packages. "You will feel completely free and at one with nature as you swim majestically along side these incredible creatures," is how one sells the experience.
But now doubt has been cast on health effects of dolphin swimming - not for humans, but the dolphins themselves.
British researchers have found that swimming close to bottlenose dolphins and trying to touch them can be highly stressful for the aquatic creatures - preventing them from resting, feeding or nurturing their young.
Lori Marino, a neuroscientist at Emory university in Atlanta, said they could suffer "psychological problems" stemming from swimming with tourists.