Baby News! Former Captive Dolphin With Calf

Four months after Sampal was spotted with a calf – one of five Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins rehabilitated and released back into her original home range off the South Korean island of Jeju – we have news that another baby has been born!

According to a report from Yonhap News Agency, a team from the Dolphin Research Group of Jeju University/Ewha Womans University confirmed that Chunsam has successfully given birth. The pair has been documented many times from July 20 to August 11, with the birth likely occurring between late June and mid-July.

Chunsam and calf, South Korea

Chunsam and calf, South Korea
Photo credit: Soojin Jang and Mi Yeon Kim

Chunsam was among five dolphins caught and sold illegally to aquariums in the country between 2009 and 2010. In 2013, the Korean Supreme Court ruled to release them back to the wild as a result of years of campaigning by local animal welfare groups. Ric O’Barry was in South Korea helping the Korean Animal Welfare Association, along with other NGO’s with the rehabilitation for three of the five dolphins in 2013, including Sampal, Jedol and Chunsam. Dolphin Project’s Protocol for Releasing Captive Dolphins was used for rehabilitating the dolphins.

The real hero in this story is the Mayor of Seoul, South Korea, the Honorable Park Wan Soon. The mayor spearheaded this release and approved the budget to make it happen.” ~ Ric O’Barry, Founder/Director of Dolphin Project

We wish Chunsam and her new baby a life filled with all things wild and wonderful!


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It might be true that we don't recall many moments from our early years. However, Cara's first memory of a dolphin had her begging her parents to ask the trainer to let the dolphin go! The problem with captivity was evident to her, even as a 4 year-old child.

A writer by trade, Cara has researched, investigated and documented dolphins suffering in captivity. From documenting dolphins incarcerated in buildings, cut-off from fresh air, sunlight and normal socialization to researching cases of animals imprisoned in solitary confinement, Cara is a dedicated dolphin welfare advocate.

It is her belief that education equals empowerment. The more information shared, the better our choices and knowledge of how to act as a positive and respectful voice for dolphins across the world.

Cara is based out of Canada and makes time whenever possible to observe dolphins in their natural environments. She is writing her first fiction novel but knowing her, the marine world will play a prominent role in her book!

"The use of animals for entertainment is nothing more than an abuse of dominance. Some of the most sentient species on the planet have been exploited to incomprehensible levels, all due to their inherent benevolence. Ironic, considering that we turn to the abused themselves for displays of humanity."
~ Cara Sands

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