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Bottlenose dolphins awaiting release

Marine Connection is delighted to report the news that approx 70 captive bottlenose dolphins are awaiting release back into the wide open sea under the supervision of Ric O’Barry, world reknowned dolphin advocate and campaigner.

The project is between Jakarta Animal Aid Network and Earth Island Institute, they have built a 90 square metre sea pen in Karimun Jawa National Park to house the marine mammals and it is now the the world’s largest area for a dolphin rehabilitation program. The plan is to eventually release the dolphins into their natural habitat in the waters off the northern coast of Java.

Speaking at the official launch of the five year protection and rehabilitation program O'Barry said that once they are moved into the the sea pen, they will experience the natural rhythm of the sea and once again will be in the same area where their families are or what is left of them. Ric has rescued hundreds of dolphins in simialr situations and a survey has shown that these latest dolphins were caught from Central Java’s Karimun Jawa National Park while three dolphins originated from the Ujung Kulon National Park in Banten. Some of the dolphins formed a travelling circus featuring dolphins as one of its attractions, others were found in various facilities under the guise of conservation, education and therapy - all alleged to have been obtained illegally.

Marine Connection director Margaux Dodds comments "I am delighted that these dolphins now have hope of life in the wild and will not be touted around the country as part of a touring attraction. It is vital that we continue to work together to monitor countries including Indonesia to ensure that this dreadful practice is not allowed to continue."

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