Help Shut Down World’s Smallest Dolphin Tank

Remember the Academy Award winning documentary, The Cove? Well, the cruelty is still going on. It’s well known that not all of the dolphins trapped in this horrific annual event are sold for their meat. Some are sold to dolphinariums for entertainment purposes. The practice is known as “Blood Dolphins” for the shocking color of red the water becomes during the slaughter. Yes, it is literally the dolphin’s blood you see.

Two sad and lonely dolphins — appropriately named Sad and Lonely — were sold to the Taiji Whale Museum located only a short distance from the infamous cove in which they were captured. Sad and Lonely are on display in the museum lobby in a tiny tank. It is believed to be the world’s smallest dolphin tank.

Ric O’Berry — a long time dolphin advocate — has made a video of the two dolphins living in misery at the Taiji Whale Museum. Look at the ridiculously tiny tank these spotted dolphins are forced to live in. They are totally enclosed with no fresh air, sunshine or sea water.

WSPA (The World Society for the Protection of Animals) believes any tank or enclosure is too small for dolphins to live in. If you go by U.S. standards of 24 feet by 24 feet by six feet deep, a dolphin would have to circle his enclosure 1,700 time per day to simulate the 40 miles per day he swims in the wild.

“No facility can adequately simulate the vast ocean or provide for a dolphin’s needs. No captive program — no matter how large, well regulated, well funded, or well intentioned — can make a case for meeting a dolphin’s complex behavioral needs and no standard set by a government can be called sufficient.”

What You Can Do:

The Taiji Whale Museum is a member of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA), which is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA.) The Switzerland based WAZA is responsible for ethical standards of its members. Please contact them to ask they let Sad and Lonely be moved to — at the very least — an outside enclosure with sea water. You can submit comments on their website or email them directly at

A Care2 petition written by the Earth Island Institute is calling for removal of the two dolphins named Sad and Lonely. Consider signing for this cause. Another petition is still active and has over 400,000 signatures.

Related Reading:

Battling Dolphin Deaths: 8th Grader Reports From Japan

Dolphins Slaughtered in Front of Protestors

Bearing Witness to the Murder of Dolphins

Japan Dolphins Day

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Lisa Eveland
Lisa Eveland3 years ago

how sad

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

poor animals. thanks for posting

Berenice Guedes de Sá

This is horrible. Why don't we just leave the animals alone and respect them? All animals deserve rescpect!!

Judy Y.
Judy Yao3 years ago

Petition signed. It's just another form of incarceration - no wonder their names are Sad and Lonely.

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.3 years ago


Aimee A.
Aimee A.3 years ago

:( Thanks for posting!

Tanja Z.
Tanja Zilker3 years ago

signed and shared

richa blue akasha
Rich Blue3 years ago


Elsie O.
Elsie O.3 years ago

Apparently this protest was successful (at least to some degree) because I read a few days ago that the two dolphins have been transferred to a much larger outdoor pool with fresh air and sunshine, and fresh seawater pumped in. Still not the same as freedom, but the dolphins do seem to be much happier and more active in the new habitat.

Pat Coetzer
Pat Coetzer3 years ago

I am so sick and tired of the cruelty and suffering animals go through at the hands of MAN!!! When, when is this going to stop, is it ever???? Why does'nt the human race just leave animals alone and respect them, let them live as they were intended. I have never read and seen videos of so much suffering. I am devastated at how any human being can meter out such acts on GODS precious creatures. Give me animals over humans any day. We could learn to be alot kinder and caring from animals. It is just disgraceful - we are going back to the dark ages.