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Death of dolphin at RWS spurs calls to free others

Published on May 13, 2014 8:39 AM
Marine mammal trainers with Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins at Dolphin Island, Marine Life Park, in Resorts World Sentosa on 19 Dec 2013. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

One of the 24 dolphins kept at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) has died, sparking calls for the others to be released from captivity.

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.

"Resorts World Sentosa is deeply saddened by the passing of our dolphin Sharmila," said the spokesman. "We are conducting tests to confirm the exact cause of death. Prior medical tests indicated that she was healthy."

The bottlenoses are part of the Dolphin Island attraction which opened last year. It was supposed to have 27 dolphins caught in the Solomon Islands in 2008 and 2009, but three died of bacterial infections before arriving here.

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