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Empty The Tanks 2017

Empty The Tanks is an annual worldwide protest, against dolphinariums and the captivity of marine mammals in general.

I attended the event in Belgium, which was organised by Bite Back.

We protested against the captivity of 7 dolphins (including 2 babies) at Boudewijn Seapark in Bruges.

In Belgium wild animal circuses are banned but this is somehow still allowed. The trainers exploit the dolphins daily and make them perform tricks and ride around on them in exchange for dead fish.

The conditions of the dolphinarium are poor; there is hardly any natural light and the swimming pool is really small.

Boudewijn Seapark is the last remaining dolphinarium in Belgium.

We met at 2pm at the market place, right in the center of Bruges, and distributed leaflets to tourists and locals, urging them not to support dolphin captivity.  We then formed a circle and stood still for 1 hour, to remember all of the doplphins who have died in captivity while at Boudewijn seapark.

We then walked to the dolphinarium, where we will also distributed leaflets outside the venue. 

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Big Blue 2 – Staff Photo

This year, with the move to Big Blue 2, I have worked with a great team of restaurant and resort staff and made some amazing friends along the way. I’ve been lucky enough to learn some Thai and Burmese recipes, in exhchage for some help with casual English lessons, and setting up multiple Facebook and skype accounts! Highlights have been being present at the birth of one of the laundry staff’s babies, and attending a Burmese wedding celebration at a Korean BBQ!

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Big Blue Diving – Staff Photo

Big Blue Dive Crew of 2012

What a lovely bunch of people! Over the year few years at Big Blue I have made some incredible friends, who I now call family and know they are with me for life. Here is to all of the amazing staff and customers who make this little island one of the best places to live and work in the world. You’re all awesome!

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