Season's first dolphin hunt in Taiji ends unsuccessfully

National Sep 3, 2015

Season's first dolphin hunt in Taiji ends unsuccessfully

Fishing boats in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, set sail for the first dolphin drive hunt of the season Thursday morning, as some 15 foreign activists staged protests around the town's harbor facility. The hunt, which was delayed for two days due to bad weather, saw 12 ...

Baby dolphin a big draw for Yokohama aquarium

National Jul 19, 2015

Baby dolphin a big draw for Yokohama aquarium

A baby common bottlenose dolphin born Thursday has been attracting visitors at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, at times swimming beside its mother. The male juvenile weighs roughly 30 kg and is roughly 1.3 meters long. It was the first dolphin to be born at Hakkeijima ...

Japan aquarium group to expel violators of drive-hunt dolphin ban

National Jul 4, 2015

Japan aquarium group to expel violators of drive-hunt dolphin ban

The Japanese aquarium association has announced that members can be expelled for acquiring dolphins caught in drive hunts. The penalty, which was announced Friday, is part of new punitive measures the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums will introduce for breaking its recent ban on ...

Editorials May 31, 2015

Japan's aquariums must evolve

The vote by Japanese zoos and aquarium to remain in the industry's world body means dolphin-keepers will have to rethink how they obtain their animals.

No aquariums quit industry body over ban on Taiji dolphins

National May 29, 2015

No aquariums quit industry body over ban on Taiji dolphins

The industry body that represents Japanese aquariums and zoos ended its two-day general meeting Friday with some members expressing dissatisfaction with its recent ban on acquiring dolphins caught in drive hunts, but there were no resignations over the issue. The Japanese Association of Zoos and ...