Jedol is due to be released in the near future from a sea-pen back to the population on Jeju that he was born into and two females will accompany him. This is the first rehabilitation of a captive marine mammal back to the wild in Korean history and many from the IWC Scientific Committee were keep to learn more, offer whatever advice they could and show their support.
|Dr Rose speaks|
The project is being overseen by Dr YiKweon Jang, a behavioural ecologist, who is striving to make sure that the dolphins are fit and ready for release and that the local human population is ready to recieve them - and in particular will not attempt to feed them, should the dolphins beg for food..
|Previous successful dolphin releases elsewhere in the world.|
|Nick Gales Australian Veterinarian|
Pierre Gallego described the necessary disease tests that the animals needed to be subjected to in order to ensure that they did not expose the wild populations to any risk.
|Dr Yikweon Jang, Ewha University|
Outside of the symposium hall, the local NGOs provided badges to the visitors and talked about their work. One of the little badges showed an image of a severed whale tail and in Korean asked the reader not to eat whale meat.
Jedol in the English language news here.