Death of dolphin at RWS spurs calls to free others

An Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin heads up to the front at the Dolphin Island, Marine Life Park, in Resorts World Sentosa on 19 December 2013

A spokesman for its Marine Life Park confirmed yesterday that the bottlenose dolphin, named Sharmila, died on Sunday. He did not give its age, although bottlenoses typically live between 30 and 50 years.

Get the full story from The Straits Times.

Here is a statement posted on Resorts World Sentosa's Marine Life Park blog:

We are extremely saddened by the passing of our dolphin, Sharmila. Sharmila left us on 11 May 2014.

We are conducting tests to confirm the exact cause of death. Prior medical tests indicated that she was healthy. We are closely monitoring all our animals, and as always, no effort or resources will be spared in ensuring the health and well-being of our dolphins at Dolphin Island.

We will provide further updates on this blogpost when available.

ACRES: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Singapore) responded to The Straits Times article on their Facebook page:

Another wild-caught dolphin has died at Resorts World... When is enough enough? Four have already died.

Help speak up for the remaining 23 wild-caught dolphins. Urge Resorts World to work with ACRES toward rehabilitating and releasing them back into the vast open oceans.