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article imageDolphin headed for Singapore oceanarium dies during flight

By Leo Reyes     Nov 22, 2012 in Environment
A male dolphin suddenly dies on board an aircraft on its way to Singapore to be transferred to the Marine Life Park from its temporary training ground in the Philippines.
The dolphin named Wen Wen was the third dolphin to die out of the 27 that Resort World got from Solomon Islands about four years ago.The dolphins were reportedly being trained in Subic Bay, Philippines before they were flown to the Singapore Marine Life Park.
The marine park is reportedly part of the Resort World Sentora (RWS), a huge entertainment resort and Casino operating in Singapore.
"Two marine mammal veterinarians and eight marine mammal specialists accompanying and monitoring the 11 dolphins on the flight responded with emergency medical treatment," the Singapore writes.
The 11 dolphins on board the aircraft from the Philippines was part of the 25 others that were transported to Singapore. Except for Wen Wen, the rest of the Dolphins are now acclimatizing at the Marine Life Park, their new home in Singapore.
The Dolphins appeared fine after they were examined before the flight to Singapore, a spokesman for RWS said in a statement.
"We are deeply saddened... he will be sorely missed," the spokesperson said.
"No effort or resources will be spared in ensuring the health and well-being of our dolphins and all marine animals at Marine Life Park," the statement said.
AFP reports that a lawsuit was filed in the Philippines by wildlife activists last month to prevent the dolphins from being flown out.
"They said the dolphins' capture violated an international treaty on the trade in endangered animals and plants," AFP writes.
The report says initially, the activists won a favorable ruling from a Philippine court but later, the ruling was lifted by the same court after the expiration of the 72-hour restraining order.
Marine Life Park is the largest oceanarium in the world with a park area of about eight hectares, housing over 100,000 animals. The ocean park opened last November 22, 2012
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