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Imprisoned Dolphins Released

Written by Michelle Kretzer | May 21, 2012

Update: 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. 

Two 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 spring.

Freedom Stolen

Captured 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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Freedom Restored

Because 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.

If 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 their terms.

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  • Patti says:

    I WISN PEOPLE WOULD UNDERSTAND THAT IMPRISONING ANIMALS,MAMMALS AND WILDLIFE WEREN’T GOD’S INTENTIONS FOR THESE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES WHO DESERVE TO LIVE A LIFE THEY WERE INTENDED FOR. “FREEDOM” LOVE AND COMPANION. ANOTHER THING IS THAT EVEN THOUGH I’M AN ADULT, SEEING THESE WONERFUL CREATURES BRING OUT THE CHILD LIKE IN ME AND THE TROUBLES IN MY WORLD GO AWAY, THEY’RE GREAT FOR EMOTIONAL HEALING, WHY CAN’T THE BAD GUYS SEE THIS?

  • Vanessa Helm says:

    Praise God for relasing those dolphins. God has a plan and purpose for those dolphins! Thank you, Jesus for freeing those precious animals, Lord!

  • Winston says:

    Resorts world (Singapore) is also planning to put 25 captured bottle-nosed dolphins on display. These 25 dolphins were captured in the waters of the Solomon Islands and are now being kept in the Philippines while the new facility at Resorts World Sentosa is being built. Two of them have already tragically died.

    Can Born Free Foundation help as well?

  • Estelle Oelofsen says:

    Great!!!! Thia is just wonderful. God bless all of those who try to make a difference!

  • Laura M says:

    The Born Free Foundation is one of the world’s greatest animal welfare groups. They give me hope in a world full of horror stories about animal abuse, torture, neglect, etc. Dolphins are intelligent, social, sentient beings who do not deserve to be imprisoned, no matter how good the facility “thinks” they are caring for them. They were born to roam free in the sea, to laugh and play. I will never visit ANY zoo or aquarium because I refuse to condone imprisonment and slavery. Kudos to Born Free for saving these 2 precious dolphins. And kudos to PETA for continuing to bring us the good and bad stories to show the world what goes on behind closed doors so we can make informed decisions and take action where we can…

  • Maureen says:

    It is about time I hear some GREAT news concerning animals. I want to personally thank the Mayor of Hisaronu of Turkey, Thank you for seeing that these (and so many others) animals have their chance at life. As Mayor you have made a great stand, I hope you will continue to help animals in their plight.

  • Sandra spencer says:

    It is heartening to read about a happy ending , such as the dolphins. I wish that there were more such stories.

  • Save te innocnet dolphins says:

    Thise beautiful creatures are gonna get instinct if the japs keep eating like dam suchi!!!! Why does these happedn to innencent beautiful animals in the woerld please god save them from such torment and not letting them be beautiful in there own way like god made them not as food or pets.iam crying so much for them !!! RIP dolphins

  • lynn says:

    Wish to more stories like this.

  • Renato Aravena says:

    This kind of news inspires one in life…. Free the dolphins and all animals held in captivity…

  • Maribeth Hendrickson says:

    This news is so exciting and heartwarming! For all of us who have ever volunteered our time, donated our money, cried our tears and had our hearts broken over the suffering of animals, it’s so gratifying to see results of this type. We CAN make a difference to the animals of the world who need help, and we must not feel that our efforts are meager or ineffective. Tom and Misha don’t think that.

  • Laurie says:

    this is an awesome event and I hope that it catches on and all marine animals in parks are released – I’m so sickened by these places – Kudos go out to the german branch of PETA and the other interested parties in allowing this to happen – GREAT EXAMPLE !!

  • Purpledolphin95 says:

    Thanks for releasing the dolphins…:D…My love for dolphins is more wider and im happy for this news

  • Christine says:

    Thank you Tommy for enlightening me on how captured dolpins are really treated. My love for dolpins have made me more aware thanks to you. Love, mom

  • Sherrie says:

    Keep up the good work! This is amazing news and hopefully others will follow in the same footsteps. Great news for the dolphins!

  • Jake says:

    Amazing! Keep us updated, and show a video of the release to seaworld!

  • Cheyenne says:

    those dolphins deserve to be set free <3

  • tlc123 says:

    A big Thank You!! to all involved in this wonderful rescue!!!