Saturday, July 15, 2017

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2 Dolphins Who Were Illegally Captured 20 Years Ago Are Returning to the Wild!

Geumdeung and Depo are two indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins who were illegally captured off the coast of Jeju Island in South Korea back in 1997 and 1998. Now, after 20 years, the two animals will finally be given their freedom! The wonderful news was shared by the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), who has been following the work of HotPinkDolphins, a marine mammals welfare organization based in South Korea, as they rehabilitated the dolphins.

In spite of how much time Geumdeung and Depo spent in captivity, in conditions very different from what they would be in their natural habitat, both animals are doing very well in the sea pen where they were transported on May 22, 2017. In the sea pen, they were able to readjust to life in the ocean, learning how to navigate currents and catch live fish all over again.

Very soon they will be free, enjoying their lives the way they were intended, with family and in the wild. They are set to be released July 18th.
OPS shared on Facebook that they had the opportunity to come over to the HotPinkDolphins facilities and learn from the specialists how to rehabilitate and release captive dolphins back to the wild, as well as get necessary experience and training.

Keeping dolphins and whales in captivity is often justified and explained away by arguments that the animals are content in their synthetic homes or that the educational value of keeping them captive outweighs their freedom. However, cetaceans are very obviously far from happy living in captivity – there is countless proof in instances of aggression in captive animals, the emergence of zoochosis – abnormal repetitive behaviors similar to Neurosis – health problems, like vomiting and unusual illnesses, accelerated deaths, and even self-mutilation and suicide attempts. In the light of these facts, the educational and entertainment value of aquariums seems to pale in comparison to animals’ well-being. What we’re seeing in these artificial pools are not happy animals, performing tricks at will but really sick, desperately unhappy and anxious beings. Is that really what we want to support?

These two dolphins prove that life after the tanks is possible, so isn’t it time we emptied the tanks. Image source: Oceanic Preservation Society/Facebook
Demand an End to Swim-With-The-Dolphin Programs. By supporting the Swim-With-The-Dolphin programs, people are supporting the imprisonment of intelligent animals that belong in the wild. They should not have to pay the price of being captured and held captive for the entertainment of humans. Some of the facilities appear to be nicer than others that have shallow water, foul food, small pens; however, they are all inhumane. The only way these programs will shut down is if people stop spending their money to swim with the dolphins, and instead, spend their money to see them swimming free in the oceans. Click here to help out!
Ready to make a difference for dolphins?
Dolphin Project is proud to announce our second annual Virtual Race to raise awareness about dolphin captivity and the drive hunts of Taiji, Japan. This August, no matter where you are around the world – run, walk, cycle, or swim on behalf of dolphins!
It’s fast and simple to join. To get started, click on our Virtual Race page to register, and start raising funds to support our upcoming Taiji campaign while spreading the word about the slaughter that takes place each year. Join as an individual, or create a team for mutual encouragement and some friendly competition! Last year was a blast, and our participants walked, ran, swam, and kayaked over 242 miles to raise awareness for the Taiji hunts and dolphin captivity.

The official race will take place on August 12, but you can complete the race any time during the week before, or spread out your mileage across several days. All participants who reach our fundraising minimum will be awarded with a t-shirt and medal, and additional prizes will be awarded!

In the month leading up to the start of the Taiji hunting season, we want the world to know what takes place in The Cove. Dolphin Project will once again be on the ground in Taiji during the entire hunting season, documenting and disseminating information as we continue our critical mission of ending dolphin captivity and the hunts that supply dolphins to aquariums and marine parks across the world.

On behalf of us all at Team Dolphin Project, good luck!

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