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The Dolphinarium on Phuket will open as soon as the creatures arrive

Dolphins in Air on Way to Phuket Marine Theme Park, Says Protest Posting

Sunday, October 18, 2015
PHUKET: Several dolphins are being airlifted now to the Thai holiday island of Phuket, according to a Facebook posting by opponents of the Phuket Dolphinarium.

The notion of a theme park for dolphins has met with strong opposition from expats living on the island, local university students and wildlife advocates around Thailand.

Backed by Russian businesspeople, the theme park is proceeding even though the Russian market of tourists to Phuket has since collapsed.

Numbers of Chinese, who are expected to provide most of the audience, have increased.

Progress of the flight bringing the dolphins is being tracked but details remain sketchy today.

According to the Facebook post at Phuket Says No to Dolphin Shows, ''Bottlenose dolphins transferred from the NEMO Odessa to Thailand on October 6, 2015.

''The number of dolphins transferred was not disclosed & according to the news the transport plane, IL-62, which carried dolphins in Thailand, made a stopover in Iran's Isfahan then disabled their transponder.''

Officials from Thailand's Fisheries Department said last month that the final hurdles to gaining permission for the dolphins to be brought to Phuket had been overcome.

The post at the Facebook protest site says: ''The Dolphins are on their way to Phuket. We all feel disgusted right now. Shame on Phuket. Please share and please help us try and educate everyone why buying a ticket is so very wrong.''

The post contained a link to a Russian site and the following information in translation: "Cargo IL-62M Airlines Belarusian Rada Airlines flew to pick up a certain number of dolphins for "Nemo" (LLC "Nerum") and deliver them to an Asian country.

''Transportation of dolphins - it is very troublesome, so for this purpose was chartered aircraft with long range, capable of non-stop to reach the destination. The price of this trip - not less than 100 thousand US dollars, reported the "Duma" sources at the airport.

''Dolphinarium Co-owner Andrew Kislovskiy confirmed the export of marine mammals from the Ukraine. According to him, the young Black Sea and Pacific dolphins were born in captivity.

''They are destined for the island of Phuket in Thailand, where "Nerum" recently completed construction of a new dolphinarium.

"As soon as the animals arrive, the venue will open," said the businessman.

He argues that "Nerum" has all the documents allowing the export of the creatures, including certification of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources.''

The Dolphinarium is near Phuket Zoo, on the road to Palai on the island's east coast.

The Thai tourism organisation SKAL has also issued a media release and joined the protest against the planned opening of a dolphinarium on Phuket.

The protesters won Phuketwan's award for the most important environmental activity of 2014.


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Hope skal will arrange a big demonstration, then for sure I will join. Just spoil our reputation by Russians

Posted by Mj on October 18, 2015 20:08


When ever I look at footage of dolphins racing through the sea and jumping etc it should be illegal to keep them. Koalas etc that are slow moving maybe - These animals are intelligent and highly energetic and putting them in a space like this is comparable to locking a long distance runner in an average size room for the rest of their lives. Coupled with the huge water changes necessary and ideally 24 hours pumping new water to maintain clean water from their waste it is disgusting. In the wild their waste is literally behind them and forgotten here they have to swim it in. Shame on Thailand, all for the money why else! Never see them here in the UK they must be banned. Their are some like in Israel that are actually in the sea with net enclosure which are better but still cruel. Also the Red Sea is warm do the dolphins like warm water. When I was there they had a baby dolphin so presumably they were happy but thinking about this now maybe the pair were imported but hopefully not they bred naturally which would be a good sign there are content. I am proud to be British as you will see here there are none in the UK as we are well known animal lovers -

Posted by Help me on October 18, 2015 20:25


The young Black Sea and Pacific dolphins were born in captivity.
What kind of dolphins is that? The Black Sea and the Pacific is so far apart that you have to travel half around the world to visit those waters.

Posted by Double expat on October 18, 2015 21:31


Poor Dolphins, sad Lives waiting for them..

as for ''Help Me'', i hear what you are saying, but proud to be British, ??? what about Fox Hunting ?? thats
cruel as well, .... , probably a wose death, 100 dogs in for the kill...

Posted by robert smith on October 19, 2015 02:38


robert smith

I got a good chuckle from your comment, thanks. Also there aren't any legal hurdles to opening a dolphinarium in the UK

Posted by christian on October 19, 2015 07:07


@ Robert Smith fox hunting was banned in the UK over 10 years ago. Did you know that slavery is also banned in the USA? @Christian why don't you think there are any dolphinariums in the UK> I will leave you to work that out it might take you some time.

Posted by British on October 19, 2015 08:45

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