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In July 2003, Mexico imported 28 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins from the Solomon Islands for the Atlantida facility in Cancun. At least 12 of the original 28 dolphins exported to Mexico died within five years of their transport.
In October 2007, the Solomon Islands overturned their 2003 ban on the trade of live dolphins to allow the export of 28 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins to the Atlantis resort in Dubai – a deal whereby government tax was estimated at over US$100,000.
In December 2008 and January 2009, a total of 18 dolphins were exported from the Solomon Islands to Philippines to be trained before being re-exported to Singapore. These dolphins are scheduled to be sent to Resorts World Sentosa in 2010.
In December 2009, nine dolphins from the Solomon Islands arrived in holding pens at Awana Porto Malai Resort in Malaysia. Six of the dolphins were exported by the Solomon Islands Marine Export Limited and three from the Solomon Islands Marine Wildlife Park.
In December 2008 and January 2009, a total of 18 dolphins were exported from the Solomon Islands to the Philippines to be trained before being re-exported to Resorts World, Singapore. After the imports took place, the Philippines CITES Scientific Authority declared the imports to be illegal.