Dolphin Dies After Deafening Rave at Park

Research published in August suggested dolphins may understand death, but that level of sensitivity appears to be lacking in the caretakers of a Swiss park.

A tropical paradise in the middle of Europe proved a nightmare for eight-year-old Shadow. In a move that would mystify anyone who cares about animals, Connyland amusement park in Lipperswil, Switzerland, hosted a techno rave that reverberated through the dolphin enclosure for two straight days.

Performing dolphins are one of the star attractions of the park. Animal activists had warned Connyland that the dolphins could be stressed by the noise. Connyland disagreed, and the Thurgau Veterinary Office accepted the park’s reassurances the party would not affect them.

Activists from two German animal-rights groups, ProWal and The Whale and Dolphin Protection Society, were on hand. They measured noise levels over 100 decibels outside the park. The dolphins were much nearer the party, and Andreas Morlok from ProWal said:

The sound levels which would have been heard by the dolphins is comparable with that of a pneumatic drill on top volume. Before the event we warned of these noise levels and the damage which could be done and called for the event to be called off.

Jürgen Ortmüller from the Whale and Dolphin Protection Society had this to say:

We have reasonable evidence to suggest that the extreme noise levels from the two day techno party severely affected the immune system of the dolphins. Dolphins are very sensitive creatures.  We warned against a techno party taking place in this location for these very reasons.

A few days after the party, Shadow became agitated, stopped breathing and died. He was the seventh dolphin to die in three years at Connyland. The park is denying guilt, supported by their vet, who is quoted as saying:

I was there and the noise would not have affected the animals. You could hardly hear anything. Connyland takes the care of its animals very seriously and they are looked after very well.

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W. C
W. C1 months ago

Terrible, thanks for caring.

William C
William C1 months ago

Thank you.

S. N.
Susan N4 years ago

I wonder how much the "vet" got for lying?

Gysele van Santen

petition signed.

Eleonora Oldani
Eleonora Oldani4 years ago


1st line “Vorname” = first name
2nd line “Name” = name
3rd line “Strasse, Nr.” = street address and #
4th line “PLZ” = Zip Code
5th line “Ort” = City
Last line “Mitteilung” = Message

Let’s flood them - they should get at least 238 complaints = the comments when I posted this!!!

Eleonora Oldani
Eleonora Oldani4 years ago

I’m deeply ashamed of my country and can’t understand why the Animal Protection Association has not stepped in. They usually poke their nose in almost everything.

If anyone can word a petition I offer to translate it into German; we could send it in both languages. Alternatively here are some contacts which could at least be flooded with protest mails. English is not a barrier – it’s widely understood and if not they should get a translator!

The Connyland Amusement Park can be reached under or on their website under “contact” there’s a feedback form – unfortunately in German but it’s easy to understand. The 1st line is the name, 2nd line email address and the 3rd one is the subject line. These 3 must be filled-in - the rest is optional.

The field: “Ihre Mitteilung an uns” is the one which takes your protest!

Alternatively The Animal Protection Association of the Kanton of Thurgau can be found under There you click on “Wir über uns” (second tab from the left at the top). On this site you’ll find on the right-hand side a box with “Online-Kontaktformular” – click on it and fill it out. Here’s the translation of the obligatory info to be provided:

1st line “Vorname” = first name
2nd line “Name” = name
3rd line “Strasse, Nr.” = street address and #
4th line “PLZ” = Zip Co

Susan B.
Susan B4 years ago

You think our opinions are going to make a difference. Yeah, right.

Alexandra Rodda
Alexandra Rodda4 years ago

This is a good example of how denial operates.

Angela Ray
Angela Ray4 years ago

People are so stupid!!!

Fi T.
Past Member 4 years ago

They've got ears too