Freed Aquarium Dolphin Spotted With Baby In Wild

by | Apr 29, 2016 | Conservation, Science | 0 comments

dolphin-captive-wild-calf.adapt.1190.1A dolphin which was released into the wild in 2013 has been spotted in a pod of 55 dolphins off the coast of South Korea. More importantly, she was spotted with a baby at her side. The Indo-Pacific dolphin was known as Sampal when she was in captivity at the Jungman Pacific Land Marine Park in Jeju. She was also featured in a National Geographic article about whether it was possible to reintroduce captive animals into the wild.  Reintroducing captive animals into the wild has been a source of much controversy. There have been lots of studies attempting to capture the success and failure rate of reintroduced animals into the wild. There are many reintroduction programs at certain aquariums and zoos, whose main focus is to the reestablish the population of animals that have suffered decline. It is a very difficult and scientific process to ensure that the released animal has the optimal chance for survival, and many factors need to be considered. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)has adopted guidelines for the reintroduction of animals born or held in captivity. Sampal has not only shown the world that successful reintroduction of a captive animals is possible, it also gives hope for the natural birth of offspring. MORE

  • Francis Yupangco

    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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