SINGAPORE: A male dolphin bound for Marine Life Park at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) has died on its flight to Singapore.
Wen Wen, which was estimated to be 10 years old, died less than an hour before its plane landed in Singapore.
The dolphin was one of 11 on the three—hour long flight from the Philippines on Thursday.
A Marine Life Park spokesperson said that there were two marine mammal veterinarians and eight marine mammal specialists accompanying and monitoring the dolphins.
The dolphins were also given thorough medical examinations and were deemed healthy before the move.
Another 14 dolphins have already been transported earlier this week from Subic Bay, Philippines, where they were kept for training.
Animal welfare group Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) said that it was saddened by the loss and urged RWS to rehabilitate and release the remaining dolphins back into Solomon Islands waters.
There have been several attempts to block the Indo—pacific bottlenose dolphins from being brought to Singapore.
YOUR SAY: Should the dolphins have stayed in the Philippines like what animal activists were lobbying for? Sign in below and post your comments.
Yes, they should be release back into natural habitat.
How do you like if the "game" is played in the other way?
We being the dolphins.
Release the dolphins. Why pleased humans to put the dolphins for show. Let the dolphins go back to their own habitats where they belong.
SG kampong girl.
We don't want to see dolphins perform at RWS. Please release these captured dolphins into the wild. That's where they belong.
let's not support the new attraction when it opens then. protest through making them losssssss their investment $$!
please let them free before its too late!
PLEASE FREE THE DOLPHIN!!!!
I think they should be released back to their habitats... They have feelings and imagine if it was you who is being forced to leave your house and face the risk of dying on your road to your 'new house'...
How and what will you feel?? It is a very selfish act when people just wants to view the dolphins and not consider what they themselves will feel if they were put in a similiar situation...
This is a common method of gaining attention to an issue which is often coupled with petitioning and mobilisations (of couse the latter can't occur because its Singapore). The main purpose would be to educate the public AND tourists to think twice before supporting an exploitative industry!
Bringing the dolphines in will benefit the kids of Singapore and other visitors that comes. Of course having them in their natural habitat will be great but how many of us will get to see them in their natural habitat. Since necessary care has been taken during the transportation process, we shouldn't blame anyone for it.