Dolphin bound for Singapore oceanarium dies

November 22, 2012
Baby bottlenose dolphin Doerte and her mother Delphi swim through their basin on October 18, 2011 at the zoo in Duisburg, western Germany. One of 25 dolphins being transferred to a Singapore oceanarium despite protests from activists died during its flight to the city-state on Thursday, the resort said.

One of 25 dolphins being transferred to a Singapore oceanarium despite protests from activists died during its flight to the city-state on Thursday, the resort said.

Wen Wen, a male dolphin aged about 10, died suddenly less than an hour before the flight from the Philippines landed, a Marine Life Park spokesperson told AFP in a statement.

The spokesperson of the park—which opened to the public for the first time earlier Thursday and is part of the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) casino—said the dolphin appeared fine when medically examined before the flight.

"We are deeply saddened... he will be sorely missed," the spokesperson said.

The other 24 had arrived and were acclimatising to their new home.

"No effort or resources will be spared in ensuring the health and well-being of our dolphins and all at Marine Life Park," the statement said.

Wen Wen is the third dolphin to die out of 27 which RWS acquired from the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific between 2008 amd 2009.

Wildlife activists in the Philippines—where the dolphins were kept and trained before being exported to Singapore—filed a lawsuit last month to stop them from being flown out.

They said the dolphins' capture violated an international treaty on the trade in and plants.

A court in the Philippines initially agreed to a temporary ban on transferring the dolphins but another court overturned it.

A Singapore-based animals rights group also opposea the inclusion of the dolphins in the , saying catching them from the is detrimental to the survival of the species there.

The remaining 24 dolphins are due to make their at the park's twin attractions the S.E.A Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark only next year.

The aquarium is touted as the world's largest with 100,000 marine animals from over 800 species in 45 million litres (12 million gallons) of water.

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KalinForScience
not rated yet Nov 22, 2012
I study in Singapore... In my opinion, I have the impression that authorities here try everything possible to make Singapore less dull place, including capturing wild-born highly sentient marine mammals, for pure entertainment.. I don't blame them.. The country lacks natural monuments, lacks historical monuments.. The only way to make it interesting is to create attractions.. or this is what they think.. Whatever they do, Singapore remains dull.. And this story with the dolphins is appalling already...

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