The world's loneliest beluga in an aquarium in South Korea's tallest skyscraper

The specimen is called Bella, she is a 13-year-old female forced into an aquarium in a shopping center in the tallest skyscraper of Seoul, South Korea

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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The world's loneliest beluga in an aquarium in South Korea's tallest skyscraper
© Photo by Teller C

As reported by our colleagues at the Italian site greenme.it, a petition will be opened to free the loneliest beluga in the world. The specimen is called Bella, she is a 13-year-old female forced into an aquarium in a shopping center in the tallest skyscraper of Seoul, South Korea. Bella, as reported by our colleagues at greenme.it, was captured in 2013 in the waters of the Arctic, off the coast of Russia.

Her conditions are very serious, considering the state of captivity, underlined by strong stress and mental distress, as also reported by the Guardian. The promise to release the animal, made by the aquarium managers first in 2019 and then in 2021, was not kept.

Here is the press release from greenme.it of this very sad story, the last on human abuse on animals, for human being pleasure:

"She swims alone in a small tank, in which she has been trapped for over ten years. Bella, a 13-year-old female beluga, would like to roam freely in the ocean, but she is a prisoner in a shopping center in the heart of Seoul, all interior of one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.

The nightmare began in 2013, when she was captured from the waters of the Arctic, off the coast of Russia together with two other belugas and then resold to the Lotte Aquarium in South Korea. After the premature death of the other specimens with with whom she shared the tub, Bella was left completely alone. And her condition is worrying: she shows, in fact, obsessive behavior and symptoms of mental distress.

The promise to free the animal made years ago by the aquarium managers was not kept. But the activists of the Dolphin Project and Pink Dolphins associations did not give up and returned to protest with the cry of Free Bella, also launching an online petition to transfer her to a cetacean sanctuary.“Almost five years have passed since they said they would release her – denounce the activists – She deserves to regain the freedom that was stolen from her."