Captive Dolphin Will Go Free

If you are against dolphins being held in captivity for human entertainment you will be glad to know a dolphin in Korea is being released back into the wild from a tank where it has been kept as part of a show. A male dolphin named Jedol will be taken to the seas off Jeju Island, where it was captured, from the Seoul Zoo. Protests from animal rights organizations caused the zoo to reevaluate its dolphin program and decide to return Jedol.

“It is not only a matter of one dolphin going home, but a matter of the relationship between animals and humans, between nature and humans,” Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon. (Source: The Korea Times)

Jedol is 13 years old and is a Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin, which is an endangered species. The zoo got him from a marine leisure park, but at the time they did not know he had been purchased illegally. He will be trained to live in the wild again before release, so he can transition from living in a controlled, confined artificial habitat to a natural one, where he must hunt and find food for himself.

Another consideration is how much he has imprinted on humans, and if he will choose to live apart from them. It wouldn’t be safe for him to spend too much time hanging around boats and marinas where he could get run over and injured or killed. Also many dolphins and other marine mammals are injured by entanglements with fishing gear and plastic pollution. (A wild New Zealand dolphin that saved whales died from human-related injuries.)

Zoo officials have said they don’t know if the Jedol relocation will be a success. If it isn’t, they will return him to the zoo. The fact they recognize why it is important to try is a step in the right direction. His release will not happen immediately, but it could be an example to all facilities holding dolphins in captivity it is possible.

Image Credit: Ark

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85 comments

Holly C.
Holly C.3 years ago

Wonderful news :)

Suzanne L.
Suzanne L.3 years ago

It makes me happy to read this. When I look at the tv ads for marine parks showing performances by marine mammals I think how tedious it must be for them to perform these 'tricks' several times each day, neverendingly.

Zee Kallah
Helen Porter3 years ago

Have a happy life, little one.

Aud Nordby
Aud nordby3 years ago

ty

Maria D'Oporto
Past Member 3 years ago

Hope he can adapt to a new life, if not, at least he got an oportunity.

Arlene M. Baladi

This is certainly good news...I hope that he or she is able to make the transition back into the wild safely. May God bless and keep him/her safe, and may he/she reproduce many young in the wild!

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers4 years ago

Wonderful.

Nirvana Jaganath
Nirvana Jaganath4 years ago

Good news

Carrie Anne Brown

good news thanks for sharing, hope he adjusts :D

Pjck Men
Pjck Men4 years ago

ThanK you Verry Many

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