Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Freedom for two ex-captive dolphins

18 July 2017

Categories: Homepage News, Zoo Check Campaign News, Dolphin News

Today, two wild caught Jeju dolphins will be released back to the ocean after years in captivity. Geumdeung and Daepo were captured in the 1990s and taken to Seoul Zoo in Korea where they remained for 20 years. After undergoing rehabilitation in a sea pen, they can once again catch and eat live fish and are healthy and strong enough to be released to the same location they were taken from years ago. This is all thanks to Hotpinkdophins, who have already released Jeju dolphins back to the wild in 2013 and 2015.

All of the released dolphins are endemic to Jeju Island in South Korea. There are only 100 of them left, making them the one of the smallest Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin pods in the world. Today there are 39 captive dolphins (29 bottlenose wild caught from the Taiji hunts in Japan, 9 belugas imported from Russia and one indo-pacific bottlenose captured from Jeju) in seven South Korean facilities. 37 were captured from the wild and two were born in captivity.

Hotpinkdolphins have photo IDs of every dolphin in the Jeju sea and closely monitor the dolphins after their release. The 5 dolphins they have already released are constantly spotted swimming with their original pod. Two of them, Sampal and Chunsam, even birthed their own calves in 2015 and 2016.

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