Written by Michelle Kretzer
Tom and Misha were released
back into the ocean earlier this month and
within hours were already chasing and hunting fish together and socializing
with other wild dolphins. Born Free kept their release on May 9 a secret to
avoid human interference with Tom's and Misha's progress, but satellite
transmitters on their dorsal fins show that since their release, the dolphins
have already traveled hundreds of miles and are healthy and eating well.
dolphins who were formerly held captive for four years as part of a swim-with-dolphins
program will finally be released back into their native habitat later this
and imprisoned in a tiny tank in Hisaronu, Turkey, bottlenose dolphins Tom and Misha were denied everything natural to them
and forced to perform for a constant barrage of tourists. Their future seemed
bleak until the Born Free Foundation, a British organization that campaigns in
behalf of animals in zoos and aquariums, embarked on a mission to win their
freedom. With the help of PETA
Germany, which posted an action alert on its
website, wrote to Hisaronu's mayor, and coordinated actions with Turkish animal
rights groups, Born Free got Tom and Misha released to a marine reserve in the
Mediterranean Sea and began preparing
them for life in the ocean.
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of the stress of intensive confinement, the dolphins were weak, underweight,
and lethargic when they arrived at the reserve. But after two years of
nurturing, they are healthier and stronger and, most importantly, are starting to
catch fish on their own, a sign that they are nearly ready to be released on
schedule in late spring. Once again, they will be able to swim for up to 100
miles a day and use their sonar to explore the ocean.
you love dolphins, please don't pay for them to be imprisoned and tormented in swim-with-dolphins exhibitions. By contrast, programs like the one at the Florida Keys' John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
allow you to interact with dolphins in their home—on
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