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Wed Jul 24, 2013, 02:02 PM

Dolphin busts free, finds its family in ocean after years of captivity

Four years ago, Sampal the dolphin was accidentally hauled out of South Korean waters in a fishing net, but instead of throwing her back like they should have, the fishermen sold her to an aquarium. She learned to do tricks on command, but she never forgot her family. Fast-forward three years, when activists battling for Sampal's freedom won their case; the aquarium began the long process of rehabilitating her to release her back into the wild. An impatient Sampal had other plans, making a break for it in late June through a tear in the netting and disappearing into open waters. Amazingly, she was recently spotted, swimming with the exact pod of dolphins she was taken from. Happy and free. http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/07/11/sampal-dolphin-escapes-captivity-reunites-pod-ten-years-later





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Reply Dolphin busts free, finds its family in ocean after years of captivity (Original post)
Ichingcarpenter Jul 2013 OP
MoonRiver Jul 2013 #1
roguevalley Jul 2013 #39
LostinRed Jul 2013 #41
1monster Jul 2013 #47
CatWoman Jul 2013 #2
ellie Jul 2013 #3
dipsydoodle Jul 2013 #4
AtomicKitten Jul 2013 #5
Zorra Jul 2013 #6
srican69 Jul 2013 #7
Ichingcarpenter Jul 2013 #11
CitizenLeft Jul 2013 #14
srican69 Jul 2013 #15
BlancheSplanchnik Jul 2013 #36
UtahLib Jul 2013 #40
rhett o rick Jul 2013 #33
tavalon Jul 2013 #43
JimboBillyBubbaBob Jul 2013 #49
donquijoterocket Jul 2013 #51
dbackjon Jul 2013 #8
malaise Jul 2013 #9
Scuba Jul 2013 #10
CitizenLeft Jul 2013 #12
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Raffi Ella Jul 2013 #13
dhill926 Jul 2013 #16
suffragette Jul 2013 #17
hue Jul 2013 #18
KT2000 Jul 2013 #19
BlancheSplanchnik Jul 2013 #37
LoisB Jul 2013 #20
mountain grammy Jul 2013 #21
blackspade Jul 2013 #22
Fuddnik Jul 2013 #23
adieu Jul 2013 #24
marew Jul 2013 #32
BlancheSplanchnik Jul 2013 #38
magical thyme Jul 2013 #25
PearliePoo2 Jul 2013 #26
KansDem Jul 2013 #27
Liberal_in_LA Jul 2013 #28
Brigid Jul 2013 #29
me b zola Jul 2013 #30
SunSeeker Jul 2013 #31
City Lights Jul 2013 #34
Enrique Jul 2013 #35
Hekate Jul 2013 #42
Hubert Flottz Jul 2013 #44
woo me with science Jul 2013 #45
L0oniX Jul 2013 #46
Egalitarian Thug Jul 2013 #48
DirkGently Jul 2013 #50

Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 02:04 PM

1. Yay, just wonderful! You go Sampal!!

I'm active in movements to close dolphinarians around the world. India and the EU, among other nations, have done it, the US needs to follow suit.

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Response to MoonRiver (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 11:29 PM

39. scientists just discovered that dophins call each other by name. each has their own. :D

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Response to roguevalley (Reply #39)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 03:35 AM

41. Link please love to read that

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Response to roguevalley (Reply #39)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 11:43 AM

47. That has been known since the late sixties, early seventies. David and Melba Caldwell

discovered that at Marineland of Florida.

Recently, a group put out a press release saying that they had evidence "confirming" the Caldwell's research but worded it in such a way that it looked like they had just made the discovery.

Dolphins get a "whistle" at birth which is then used to identify that dolphin for the rest of its life... "Whistle" equals "name."

On edit: DU thread on this topic: http://www.democraticunderground.com/122821023

url for the article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23410137

a blurb regarding the Caldwell's work: http://www.dolphin-institute.org/resource_guide/animal_language.htm

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 02:05 PM

2. Yah, Sampal!!!

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 02:05 PM

3. Yay! Score one for the dolphin!

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 02:10 PM

4. Today's good news post !

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 02:12 PM

5. Brava!!!

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 02:19 PM

6. Dolphins are telepathic.

They really are. For years, a pod would come to visit me almost every time I walked the beach by my house in the morning, no matter if it was 6 AM or 10 AM. They would parallel me as I walked, surfacing close to shore for a good distance before going about their other business. They are happy, beautiful spirits, I love dolphins.




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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 02:21 PM

7. they are as smart as we are ... holding them in captivity is like slavery

I will never ever take my daughter to those aquariums

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Response to srican69 (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 02:30 PM

11. This dolphin enjoyed this girl's dance for him













I totally agree with you they need to be set free. India has done just that thing this year.

India has officially recognized dolphins as non-human persons, whose rights to life and liberty must be respected.

Dolphin parks that were being built across the country will instead be shut down.


India's Ministry of Environment and Forests has advised state governments to ban dolphinariums and other commercial entertainment that involves the capture and confinement of cetacean species such as orcas and bottlenose dolphins.


In a statement, the government said research had clearly established cetaceans are highly intelligent and sensitive, and that dolphins "should be seen as 'non-human persons' and as such should have their own specific rights."


The move comes after weeks of protest against a dolphin park in the state of Kerala and several other marine mammal entertainment facilities which were to be built this year. Animal welfare advocates welcomed the decision.
"This opens up a whole new discourse of ethics in the animal protection movement in India," said Puja Mitra from the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations (FIAPO). Mitra is a leading voice in the Indian movement to end dolphin captivity.


http://www.dw.de/dolphins-gain-unprecedented-protection-in-india/a-16834519

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Reply #11)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 02:34 PM

14. the dolphin .gif...

...it looks like he's laughing! Love it!

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Reply #11)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 02:36 PM

15. they are certainly more person than the corporations that own them

It's time that similar laws are passed here that ban keeping dolphins in captivity

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Reply #11)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 11:23 PM

36. that is so beautiful, I'm going to cry.

This really reallly touches my heart.

And India has declared dolphins "non-human persons", and so they have rights we must respect. WOW! I had no idea the Indian govt. is so advanced. I wish we were anywhere NEAR that evolved.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Reply #11)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 12:44 AM

40. I love that gif.

All dolphins and orcas should be swimming free.

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Response to srican69 (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 05:58 PM

33. To say their are as smart as we are is a bit insulting.

They are smarter than a good share of the American population. I am sure they would vote Democratic.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #33)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 05:34 AM

43. That was my first thought, too

We are so sapiocentric. And we are so not the smartest creatures on this earth. After all, we shit in our nest. How smart is that?

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Response to srican69 (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 11:51 AM

49. Yes,

it is slavery, pure and simple.

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Response to srican69 (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 02:05 PM

51. Please make a point of seeing

and supporting the movie Blackfish before Seaworld makes it impossible.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 02:23 PM

8. Awesome!

Saw a story the other day were researchers have found that dolphins have unique whistles for every member of their pod - a name.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 02:24 PM

9. Sweet

Humans are scumbags

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 02:26 PM

10. This is great, thanks for sharing Ichingcarpenter.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 02:32 PM

12. that is awesome!

Thank you, I needed some good news today!

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 02:33 PM

13. ~

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 02:51 PM

16. Fantastic!!!

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 02:53 PM

17. So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish!

The late, great Douglas Adams would love this.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 02:57 PM

18. Sweet freedom!!! K&R!!!

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 02:59 PM

19. What a tale to tell the fam -

Good for her!

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Response to KT2000 (Reply #19)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 11:24 PM

37. +++

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 03:28 PM

20. This is great news!!!!

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 03:28 PM

21. Swim free, live free. Best story I've heard today..

in other news, the baby has a name. God, how I envy dolphins.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 03:30 PM

22. Good thing dolphins don't have weapons.

We might have a few sunken boats to show for this kind of mistreatment.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 03:32 PM

23. Awesome!

I took a boat ride into the Gulf last week, and saw plenty of dolphins, and they came right up to the boat, and played in our wake.

Any day you see dolphins is a good day. Such magnificent creatures.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 03:48 PM

24. Baby steps for humans

First, it was emancipation of slaves. Then women's suffrage. Now, leaving other sentient beings be.

I have no problem with humans killing animals for food. That's part of nature's cycle. I do have a problem of doing it inhumanely or for sport or exploitation of animals for financial gain because animals haven't figured how best to use cash or how to enter their PIN at the ATM.

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Response to adieu (Reply #24)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 05:11 PM

32. I have no problem with humans killing animals for food.

Perhaps but the cruelty and suffering of farm animals is a real problem. Some areas are even attempting to make the reporting the abuse of farm animals a felony for the person doing the reporting. No animal should be made to or allowed to suffer.

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Response to marew (Reply #32)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 11:27 PM

38. so right you are.

And that law is ....I don't have words for how wrong that is.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 03:55 PM

25. YAY SAMPAL! You go girl!!!! nt

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 04:05 PM

26. Holy Crap..this makes me happy!!

Wish Lolita could find her way to escape from the bastards too!

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 04:10 PM

27. Sampal was heard saying to the other dolphins just before his escape...

"Nyah! Now listen here, you mugs! I'm blowing this joint! See? And no one's gonna stop me! See? Any of you mugs with me? Nyah!

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 04:10 PM

28. k&r

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 04:24 PM

29. Hooray for Sampal!



It's no wonder the ancient Greeks believed that dolphins were once humans.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 04:30 PM

30. Recommended

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 04:59 PM

31. Best news I heard all day! Thanks. nt

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 06:02 PM

34. Go, Sampal, go!



Have a wonderful life!

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 06:23 PM

35. the amazing thing is the guy who helped her escape

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 04:05 AM

42. So long and thanks for all the fish!

Wonderful. KnR.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 06:57 AM

44. Sampal the dolphin is going back to an ocean that is becoming

a victim of man's greed and stupidity. Climate change is rapidly creating a global calamity.

"Happy and free." What a wonderful dream.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 07:02 AM

45. Thank you for this story.

K&R

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 10:32 AM

46. \/\/( )( ) T

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 11:44 AM

48. K&R This made today's DU time worthwhile. Thank you. n/t

 

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 12:05 PM

50. So long ... thanks for all the fish. n/t

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