While the focus of this project was the rehabilitation of Tom and Misha, it is also hoped that the project protocols, will provide a workable, realistic and cost effective process that can be internationally replicated in the future. Back to the Blue also aimed to highlight the plight of captive dolphins and the repercussions of the increasing demand for ‘swim-with’ opportunities.
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Research into the dolphins’ history revealed that the two male bottlenose dolphins, Tom and Misha, had been captured from the eastern coastal area of the Aegean Sea. They are estimated to be between 12 and 20 years of age and were introduced to a dolphinarium in Turkey called Dolphin Therapy Kas before being moved to the pool in Hisaronu to ‘cash-in’ on the 2010 summer tourist season.