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Dolphin Escapes Pen to Reunite with Her Pod After Years in Captivity

Sampal in the temporary sea pen that she eventually escaped from to reunite with her pod l Photo: KAWA Dolphins Seapen

We always knew that dolphins were incredible, but this story made our jaws drop – a dolphin, captured and held in captivity for several years, escaped from her pen and reunited with her pod. The dolphin, named Sampal, was accidentally caught by fishermen off Jeju Island, near South Korea, as reported by the environmental blog Take Part, which has been charting this epic tale. Instead of being released, however, Sampal was then illegally sold by fishermen to the Pacific Land Aquarium, where she was forced for years to perform tricks for food.


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