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Updated: 11/23/2012 05:19 | By Channel NewsAsia

Dolphin bound for Marine Life Park dies en route to Singapore

YOUR SAY: Should the dolphins have stayed in Philippines like what activists lobbied?


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.

— CNA/jc

YOUR SAY: Should the dolphins have stayed in the Philippines like what animal activists were lobbying for? Sign in below and post your comments.

Philippine authorities allow dolphin exports to Singapore


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.


Richard Chin

Nov 22, 2012 7:17PM

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.

Nov 22, 2012 7:24PM
It has long scientifically been proven that dolphins do not do well in enclosed environment, yet when activists raised their concerns, officials from RWS said ' that there is a role for zoos and aquariums in the conservation of wildlife and in education '.... The DOLPHINS don't do well in captured environment, understand? Who cares about your roles and education.. for goodness sake, send the dolphins back. The wildlife belongs to the wild.
Nov 22, 2012 7:53PM

We don't want to see dolphins perform at RWS. Please release these captured dolphins into the wild. That's where they belong.



Nov 22, 2012 6:33PM

let's not support the new attraction when it opens then. protest through making them losssssss their investment $$!

Nov 22, 2012 8:26PM
I read that 2 other dolphins died while in captivity some time back. So total 3 dolphin deaths? Tsk tsk. I won't be going to the attraction for sure, even if it's free. It's a matter of ethics and principles, and my way to protest a wrong. Hope others will do the same so the authorities know what they are doing is not ethically right. The dolphins should be rightfully released to while they came from. They were caught from the wild in the first place, and that's already thievery.
Nov 22, 2012 8:11PM

please let them free before its too late!





Nov 22, 2012 8:23PM

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... 

Nov 22, 2012 9:57PM
Release the Dolphins back to their Natural Habitat where they belong...Please...We should be helping them survive and NOT put their lives at risks and KILL them.

We should not make their lives miserable by robbing them of their freedom! 

We should be cultivating kind & warm hearts as well as educated, cultured and understanding minds and thus be able to feel for the Dolphins and animals at large, put yourselves in their shoes, would you like to be captured, kept in captivity and have to performing tricks everyday to entertain people? Nobody likes to be a clown!

In today's technological and creative age, people have more than enough ways and means to entertain themselves. There are so many type of harmless entertainments out there. There are so many alternative entertainments in Singapore already - more than sufficient. NO NEED to use Dolphins and animals for entertainments . DO NOT turn Dolphins into clowns! A Dolphin is a Dolphin and should be a Dolphin! Why make these Dolphins suffer? 

There are also sufficient highly experienced and qualified scientists in the world who have been studying the nature and behaviors of Dolphins and these scientists and marine vets carry out their research and studies in the wild, in the natural habitat of Dolphins Not In Captivity!!! To say its for RWS to also educate the public is a stupid excuse - anyone can surf the web and learn about Dolphins. Even paper book and CD or DVD can be purchased for education purposes. 

Doesn't mean you have the money and the funds mean you can exploit the Dolphins like this!!!

Please REPENT!!!

Release the Dolphins!!!


Nov 22, 2012 7:35PM
It is a sad news, but before any conclusions is made, probably better to understand what has caused the death of this dolphin. The 3-hour voyage probably not the cause else why the other 24 survive?  Before Panda was discovered in SzeChuan, human being were afraid that it might harm animals and mankind. But the attempt to get close and understand Pandas have helped them from extinction, because they are now well nurtured and protected by human than having to fend for their lives in the nature. If (supposing) human has never known about dolphin (and come to like/love dolphins), maybe we would be equally suspicious of whether it will attack us, etc. and it might have gone extinct without us knowing, like many that could have gone extinct without being discovered/known by mankind. We want to love and preserve all living things and nature, which the process and cost may be part and parcel of it. This is an isolated incident, which we should not jump too quickly. Just a thought.
Nov 22, 2012 11:49PM
Yes, these murderer , always for the benefit of money. So many dolphine died because of your selfishness. I Hate RWS 
Nov 23, 2012 2:03AM
Accept that fact that SG will never have dolphins... And that we have to travel out to the country that has these beautiful creatures... Isn't that more interesting to travel rather than bringing them in and end up killing them! Wake up SG! U will never have any natural resources.
Nov 24, 2012 9:39PM
RWS U Murderer U Better Leave Those Dolphins In The Oceans.
Jan 5, 2013 1:40AM
Dolphin ?
All right Man
Do not waste time
97% of man are non intelligent
Yes, i am one of them
So what ?
if you are the 3% of the intelligent, You known what to do. ( as what their doing now )
else you have Time to read my comment or write comment
you are the 97%
Dec 14, 2012 12:14AM
RWS we all know this is all a money making scheme. but your greed for money has lead to the dolphins death. wen wen (who calls a dolphin wen wen) anyways, your money can't buy it's life back can it. all these for entertainment value and just because your pockets can get fatter. i say you release those beautiful creatures back to their habitat. you nor does anyone else have any rights to them. they belong in the wild. how would you feel if someone put you or your children in the wild how long can you survive.
Nov 28, 2012 9:32AM
If RWS did not have permit to export the dolphins into Singapore, how did they get the import permit for the dolphins?
Nov 22, 2012 11:00PM
Maybe the activist groups can produce a pamphlet about the harm it is doing to dolphins and leaflet outside RWS (I don't think its illegal). It will **** damper on their business!
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!
Nov 22, 2012 7:24PM

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.

Nov 22, 2012 6:57PM
i suggest they make the distance shorter into two different fights. make a stop in bewtween if its possible.
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