Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Hisaronu Dolphins to be released

photo bdmlr/bff/SAD
Misha and Tom in their temporary seapen

Monday 6th September

Following a dramatic 48 hours of negotiations, the Born Free Foundation has secured the release of the two dolphins, Tom and Misha.

The plight of the dolphins has made international news since they were placed in a small concrete swimming pool in the Turkish town of Hisaronu, from where local campaign group, the Dolphin Angels, arranged a massive Facebook protest and an ongoing street presence, calling for their release.

The appalling conditions in the pool caused many to fear for the deteriorating health of the dolphins and to speculate as to whether they would survive their ordeal. Water samples taken by experts revealed harmful bacterial counts ten times higher than would be permissible under internationally accepted marine mammal standards. Meanwhile, SAD (Underwater Research Society), a Turkish NGO, has been pushing relevant governmental departments since July with supporting reports and proofs so that the dolphins must be confiscated by the government and handed over to NGOs which will carry out rehabilitation.

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