The two bottlenose dolphins, Geumdeung and Depo, held in captivity in Seoul Grand Park for 20 years, were finally released back into the ocean off the coast of Jeju Island on July 18th.
As the door of the holding area opened, Geumdeung left for the vast ocean off Jeju without hesitation, with Depo following shortly after. We wish them a safe and happy life, and hope that they can find their friends and families again.
It’s a bittersweet moment for all the hard-working activists and volunteers involved; Geumdong and Depo are free, but there are so many more dolphins still in captivity, and so much more work to be done.
There are 39 dolphins still in captivity in aquariums on display, including two other bottlenose dolphins; Bibong, the last Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) in South Korea, and Taeji, a Common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) who was with Geumdeung and Depo at the Seoul Grand Park aquarium.
While we work to free all the other captive dolphins on display, we will also work to insure that no more wild dolphins are taken from their home in the ocean and imprisoned as show animals in tiny aquariums in South Korea.