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Rescue/Rehabilitation Records

  • Overview
  • Dolphins
  • Sea turtles
  • Other animals

Overview

Aqua Planet operates a professional rescue and rehabilitation task force exclusively comprising veterinarians and keepers in order to systematically and promptly respond to emergency situations and safely rescue animals. Through its efforts, injured or stranded animals in the nearby waters of Yeosu and Jeju where Aqua Planet is located can attain the aid of a professional rescue team. We will continue to do our best to protect marine animals.

Dolphins

There are about 100 indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins living in fluid pod groups along the coastline of Jeju. These dolphins have been garnering greater attention from Koreans ever since they appeared on the TV show, ‘One Night, Two Days.’ The indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins get injured unintentionally or stranded by fixed shore nets, due to their tendency to travel in the shallow waters.
Injured dolphins are usually spotted by local fishermen and reported to the marine police. The Aqua Planet rescue team, along with the marine police then rescue the injured dolphins.

September 4, 2018 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
Bottlenose Dolphin
Place
Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Rescue Procedure
Decided to hand over to NIFS after brief check
 
 
 
 
 

April 26, 2018 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
Rough-toothed Dolphin
Place
Dolsan-eup, Yeosu-si
Rescue Procedure
Stranded with physical wound Brought to Aquaplanet for further treatment after emergency measures on the spot

July 17, 2017 Recue Procedure

Rescued animal
Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin
Place
Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Rescue Procedure
Successful release after driving it to the sea from the anchorage

August 20, 2015 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin
Place
Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Rescue Procedure
Prompt release after physical examination in a good condition

July 18, 2015 Resuce Procedure

Rescued animal
Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin
Place
Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Rescue Procedure
Decided to hand over to NIFS after brief check

April 2, 2014 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
Long-beaked common Dolphin
Place
Hamdeok beach in Jeju-si
Rescue Procedure

Prompt Release in a good condition with no physical wound found


August 17, 2013 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin
Place
a fixed shore net in Biyangdo, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si
Rescue Procedure

1. Spotted the dolphin swimming inside the fixed shore net.
2. Release after physical examination in a good condition


August 12, 2013 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin
Place
At the port of Geumneung-ri, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si
Rescue Procedure

Successful release after driving it to the shallow part of the net

November, 22, 2012 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
2 Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins (240-250cm, one presumed to be male, the gender of the other was not reported)
 
 
Place
Saehwa-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si
Rescue Procedure

A fisherman spotted the dolphins caught in a fixed shore net.

  1. 1. A report was made to the marine police
  2. 2. A rescue request was made to Aqua Planet and the Whale Research Center by the police
  3. 3. The Aqua Planet marine animal rescue/treatment TFT arrived on the scene.
  4. 4. One dolphin was already released by the fisherman and the other was successfully released with the help of the rescue workers.
Veterinarian diagnosis
confirmed that there were no physical wounds via a photo taken by the fisherman.

October, 4, 2012 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
An Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin (240-250cm, presumed to be male)
 
Place
Aewol-eup, Jeju-si
Rescue Procedure

A fisherman spotted the dolphin caught in a fixed shore net.

  1. 1. A report was made to the marine police
  2. 2. A rescue request was made to Aqua Planet by the police
  3. 3. The Aqua Planet marine animal rescue/rehabilitation TFT arrived on the scene.
  4. 4. The dolphin was successfully rescued and release
Veterinarian diagnosis
almost no physical wounds found except fatigue from being caught in a net for 3 days. In a good condition for release into the wild.

Sea turtles

According to one study, 12 Green Sea Turtles, 3 Loggerhead Turtles, 1 hawksbill sea turtle, and 25 unknown species of turtles were incidentally caught or stranded along the Jeju coastline between 2008 and 2009. According to research, there will be an increasing number of sea turtles appearing on the coastlines of Korea. Along with the increasing number of turtles, the number incidentally caught or stranded is also likely to increase. Aqua Planet Jeju and Yeosu are at the forefront rescuing the sea turtles in need of aid when they are caught in nets or washed ashore.

June 24, 2019 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
Loggerhead Turtle
Place
Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si
Rescue Procedure
Brought to Aqua planet for further treatment due to severe wound on the back and lack of vitality

 
 


 
 

October 2, 2018 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
Green Sea Turtle
Place
Dolsan-eup, Yeosu-si
Rescue Procedure
Release after temporary protection for health recovery

 
 


 
 

November 25, 2017 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
Loggerhead Turtle
Place
Samcheock-si, Gangwon-do
Rescue Procedure
Removed aliens and disinfected a wound

 
 


 
 

December 19, 2016 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
Hawksbill Sea Turtle
Place
Hadong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Rescue Procedure
Brought to Aqua Planet for further treatment due to behavior disorder

September 29, 2016 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
Green Sea Turtle
Place
Dolsan-eup, Yeosu-si
Rescue Procedure
Removed aliens from the body and disinfected a wound

September 21, 2016 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
Green Sea Turtle
Place
Samcheock-si, Gangwon-do
Rescue Procedure
Disinfected a would which is made by a fishing gear

July 5, 2016 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
Green Sea Turtle
Place
Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Rescue Procedure
Brought to Aqua Planet for further treatment due to disability of underwater swimming

August 7, 2015 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
Green Sea Turtle
Place
Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Rescue Procedure
Prompt release after physical examination in a good condition

July 20, 2015 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
Green Sea Turtle
Place
Samsan-myeon, Yeosu-si
Rescue Procedure
  1. 1. Conducted physical examination upon arrival
  2. 2. Brought Aqua Planet for treatment due to the lack of vitality for normal behavior

June 25, 2015 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
Loggerhead Turtle
Place
Dolsan-eup, Yeosu-si
Rescue Procedure
  1. 1. Conducted physical examination upon arrival
  2. 2. Brought Aqua Planet for treatment due to the severe wound at the abdomen

August 7, 2014 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
2 Green Sea Turtles
Place
Future Aquaculture Research Center of National Fisheries Research & Development Institute
 
Rescue Procedure
  1. 1. Bring turtles into Aqua Planet from NFRDI
  2. 2. Check necrosis and administer antibiotics
  3. 3. Still in the treatment of disinfection
Veterinarian diagnosis
Serious necrosis found in certain parts of the body

August 23, 2014 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
Hawksbill Sea Turtle
Place
Future Aquaculture Research Center of National Fisheries Research & Development Institute
 
Rescue Procedure
  1. 1. A rescue request was made by NFRDI
  2. 2. Bring into Aqua Planet for treatment
 
Veterinarian diagnosis
In the treatment due to severe injury of the shoulder

July 4, 2013 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
Green Sea Turtle
Place
a fixed shore net in Hallimeup, Jeju-si
Veterinarian diagnosis
Release after physical examination in a good condition

September 25, 2012 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
1 Green Sea Turtle (Sehll-72cm, female)
Place
Shinsan-ri, Seogwipo-si
Rescue Procedure

A fisherman spotted the sea turtle caught in a fixed shore net.

  1. 1. A rescue request was made to Aqua Planet.
  2. 2. A report was made to the Jeju-do, Jeju marine police and the Youngsangang Environmental Office by Aqua Planet.
  3. 3. Rescued the sea turtle after obtaining a permit for rescue and treatment.
  4. 4. A veterinarian treated a wound around the neck area.
  5. 5. The turtle was finally released after treatment (September 25, 2014)

Whalesharks

The whaleshark, known as the largest fish on Earth and grows to up to 18 meters, has a gentle charateristic and slow growth rate unlike other sharks, which is easily extinct when overfishing occurs. They live mainly in warm, tropical and subtropical regions and are rarely seen in all parts of Korea. In 2016 the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries designated them as “Endangered Marine Species” to protect them. If whalesharks are incidentally caught by the fishing net, they are more likely to die suffering from exhaustion or injury due to their huge body size. So when you find stranded or incidentally caught Whalesharks, please promptly report it.

October 29, 2017 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
Whaleshark
Place
Wando-gun, Jeollanam-do
Rescue Procedure
Induced the escape from construction sites

September 13, 2017 Resuce Procedure

Rescued animal
Whaleshark
Place
Samcheock-si, Gangwon-do
Rescue procedure
Prompt Release in a good condition besides from minor scratch

Otters

Eurasian otters inhabiting Korea used to be a common sight, but their numbers dropped dramatically due to overhunting and the pollution of many of their rivers habitats. They are already extinct in Japan and only spotted rarely in select streams in Korea. They were designated natural monument 330 in 1982 to and as endangered wild animals level 1 in 2012. Despite their friendly appearance, otters are very sensitive and aggressive. If an injured otter is seen, a professional rescue organization such as the Wild Animal Protection Center, Otters Security Association, or Aqua Planet, should be contacted in order to rescue the animal safely.

January 14, 2012 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
1 Eurasian Otter
Place
On a road near the Expo in Sujung-dong, Yeosu-si, Jeonam
Physical condition
Severely injured vertebra from a car accident
Rescue Procedure

Rescue request made by a citizen

  1. 1. Rescue request made to Suncheon Wild Animal Protection Center
  2. 2. Animal captured on scene and emergency measures taken (warm water provided, body temperature kept high, and promoted calm and stability for the animal)
  3. 3. Transferred the animal to Suncheon Wild Animal Protection Center

Saul’s Triton Shell

Saul’s Triton Shell, which is the biggest species of Gastropoda inhabiting Korea, can be found near Jeju island and South sea.. In the past we could easily find it near the coastal area. However, due to illegal collection and environmental pollution the number of species evidently decreased. At present Saul’s Triton Shell is under protection designated as Class Ⅰ Endangered Wildlife. and it needs great concerns. These animals are collected and sold as edible shell thoughtlessly because of an air of indifference. If you find this shell in sushi restaurants or fishing net, please promptly report it for release.

February 17, 2015 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
Saul’s Triton Shell(Charonia sauliae)
Place
Sushi restaurant located in Yeosu
Rescue Procedure
  1. 1. Found in a aquarium of sushi restaurant before it is sold to a dealer
  2. 2. Searched for habitable Zone
  3. 3. Released near WoongChun artificial beach

November 24, 2013 Rescue Procedure

Rescued animal
Saul’s Triton Shell(Charonia sauliae)
Place
Near Sungsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju island
Rescue Procedure
  1. 1. Found in a aquarium of restaurant
  2. 2. Make a setting in isolated space
  3. 3. Feed starfish & check intake activity
  4. 4. On the continuation of research