The project to launch the dolphinarium in Phuket experienced some difficulties in obtaining the necessary approvals due to claims of cruelty to animals. However, despite the controversy, the dolphinarium opened to the publish on November 3rd of this year. General Manager, Supreecha Suthamanondh, addressed the controversy saying, “I understand the concern from conservationists, but all of these animals were born in captivity. They are not from the wild and they need training and care. Our dolphin specialists will take very good care of them.” The dolphinarium will house five or six dolphins and will present daily shows.