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Captive dolphin Helen dies at US marine park

Helen, a Pacific white-sided dolphin held captive at SeaWorld Antonio has died. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

Helen, who was at least 33 years old, was born wild and free in the waters off Japan but was captured in 1996 and spent 26 years in captivity after being caught up in fishing nets.

She was recently moved to SeaWorld in Texas from Vancouver Aquarium when Canada outlawed whale and dolphin captivity. At the Vancouver facility she was the only one left after her last tank mate, a false killer whale named Chester, died of what’s thought to have been a bacterial disease.

Keeping whales and dolphins in tanks for human entertainment is cruel and archaic. These intelligent creatures would roam for miles each day in the wild but in captivity they are imprisoned. In confinement they suffer stress causing repetitive behaviour, and live shorter lives than they would in the ocean. It is for these reasons that we are encouraging people not to go to see these shows and are asking TUI not to promote them to customers.

We continue our work to provide sanctuaries for captive whales and dolphins.

About George Berry

George is a member of WDC's Communications team and website coordinator.

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