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One year today the two bottlenose dolphins ,Tom and Misha, were released back into the sea having been kept in captivity in a sea pen in Bodrum then transferred to a sea pen in Kas before being transferred to a small swimming pool up a mountain in Hisaronu.

In February 2010 a group of people set out to campaign to get the two dolphins released from there hell hole of a swimming pool in Hisaronu. The group started of as half a dozen like minded people. A Facebook page was started to try to get more people involved and a petition was set up in which tens of thousands of signatures were collected.  A fund was set up to raise money towards the cost of rehabilitating the dolphins should they be rescued. Lots of money was raised by all sorts of people doing all sorts events. Even a silent protest march around the streets of  Hisaronu was staged ... a thing that had never been done in the area before where hundreds of people took part in.

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Above is the picture of the swimming pool where the dolphins were kept in Hisaronu.

After a lot of publicity about the plight of  Tom and Misha in both local and national papers in  the UK and here in Turkey the Born Free Foundation came on board and a plan to rescue and rehabilitate the dolphins was drawn up.

After many months of negotiation with the dolphin owners Tom and Misha were released into the care of Born Free and a plan set into place to rehabilitate them started.

Twenty months later, after a few set backs, Tom and Misha were released on this very date, 9th May, twelve months ago back to the wild .. a task many people said  wouldn't happen.

Tom and Misha were tracked for several months after there release and as far as we know now the two boys are living a life of freedom .. the freedom that should never have been taken from them in the first place.

You can read more about the campaign of Tom and Misha on the Born Free site here ..

http://www.bornfree.org.uk/campaigns/marine/hisaronu-dolphins/background/

I was involved in the campaign to get Tom and Misha released, on the ground here, and was one of a few people that were invited to the release of the boys .. a privilege I will remember for the rest of my life. For me to be there and see Tom and Misha finally swim free was a very special moment in my life.

You can see a short clip of the release of the boys here  ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmtAoM4UX-w

Tom and Misha ... Back to the Blue.

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 The temperatures are still very high for this time of year .. in all the years I've been here I've never seen temperatures as high as this in April/May before. The temperature in Fethiye Park the other day was 31 degrees and this was not at the peak ... it still had another hour to go before the temperature would do this.

With the temperatures like this I've seen a lot of people going around looking like lobsters .. not good for anyone to look like this. Get the sun cream on. !!!

Fethiye Park and Fethiye Square are busy at the moment  .. a World Music Festival is on in the Square each evening with singers and bands from around the world  .. the concerts are in the evenings with the finale tonight.

The photo above is of the tower clock and temperature board in Fethiye Park .. it shows the time in London so here in Fethiye its two hours later.

More photos of Fethiye and the surrounding areas can be seen on the Gallery page here ..

http://fethiyefocus.net/index.php/gallery

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As many of you will know I like to go to Gemiler Beach .. I've posted many photos of the beach on the web site.

I was at the beach yesterday, Friday, and while there found out that two of the three ducks had died. It is believed that the ducks may well have been attacked by a wild dog. One of the ducks bodies was found on the beach .. the other one has not been seen .. all very sad. The one remaining duck, a drake, is now looking very sad and lonely.

There are also two geese at the beach with two goslings  but the geese are giving the remaining duck a bad time as he tries to be in there company.

A friend and I are now trying to locate another female duck with the hopes that the two ducks will get on together and be a companion for each other. As I write this blog we have not had any success but have not given up yet.

In the picture above you see the three ducks .. one of the the white duck is the one remaining duck.

You can see more photos of Gemiler Beach and the ducks on the gallery page here ...

http://fethiyefocus.net/index.php/gallery/octdec12/21nov12

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In Fethiye Town Square starting on 3rd May till 11th May will be the Fethiye International Culture and Arts Festival 2013

This annual event in Fethiye will be in the Town Square for the first time.

All the concerts are free. As well as welcoming musicians from other countries (hence the 'international' added to the title), another new element this year is a Book Fair, which will take place in a large tent on one side of the town square.

So pop along in the evenings to the square im sure it will be a great event.

Todays photo, above, I took yesterday, looking along the new promenade heading towards Calis  .. lovely planted areas that run alongside the main road.

It was very quiet along the promenade considering it was such a lovely warm day and with it also being May Day, a public holiday here in Turkey.

More photos I took while in Fethiye can be found here in the web site gallery ...

http://fethiyefocus.net/index.php/gallery/aprjun13/fethiye-today-1st-may-2013

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A new section has been added  to the web site, its on the far right as you look at the page.

Its called Questions and when you enter the page it says Ask Brian.

Here you will be able to see questions asked by various people visiting the site and questions that have been asked lots of times directly to me. I will try to answer the questions direct myself or if I cant point you in the right direction by linking perhaps a web site .

The questions can be about anything to do with  Fethiye and the surrounding areas .. my photos or perhaps some of my walks or places I've visited.

To ask a question go to the "contact me" section and ask away. I will then move your question into the question section and try to give a reply. I will try to give an answer as quickly as possible but please bare with me as the summer season is now getting underway and I can become quite busy.

Todays photo is of one of the many lovely sunsets that you can see from Sundial Restaurant.

Sundial Restaurants is one of favourite restaurants in the area high up the mountain overlooking Fethiye.

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