Two Dolphins Freed From Bali Hotel Pool
Rocky and Rambo, two dolphins who have been captive at the Melka Excelsior Hotel in Lovina, North Bali, have been freed by animal aid organizations.
A total of five dolphins had been held in a chlorinated swimming pool for at least ten years, where tourists would pay to swim with them and watch them perform tricks. With the help of local organizations, Central Jakarta Forestry Department and the Jakarta Animal Aid Network, dolphin protection group Dolphin Project confiscated two of the cetaceans, along with a number of other animals that had been living in the hotel’s zoo. Tragically, one dolphin died before the rescue, however plans are in the works to save the remaining dolphins.
The cetaceans were transported to The Dolphin Lodge, Bali where they will begin the process of rehabilitation in the hopes of eventual release.
Though capturing wild dolphins and whales is illegal in Indonesia, there is a loophole often exploited by the fishing industry. When animals are caught at night, and said to be rescued from fishing gear, workers are able to sell the them to Wersut Seguni Indonesia. From there, the dolphins are sold throughout Indonesia.
The Dolphin Project is assisting in stopping these illegal captures by monitoring the enforcement of laws and helping helping to build sustainable fishing practices.
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