‘The Cove’ Town Plans Marine Park

By China DeSpain Freeman, Ecorazzi

Thanks to the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove,” animal activists around the world are intimately familiar with the Japanese town of Taiji.

Each year, the cove off Taiji’s coast is home to mass dolphin capture and slaughter. Some of the marine mammals are sold to parks around the world, while others are stabbed for their meat, turning an otherwise beautiful cove into a sea of blood.

Activists regularly protest the slaughter, and last year Sea Shepherd sent in vessels to fight the hunt. Despite their efforts, 928 dolphins were captured in Taiji in 2011 alone. Now, in an extremely weird and horrible twist, Taiji is utilizing dolphins in a whole new way: as a tourist attraction.

According to the Mother Nature Network, “The town intends to section off part of the cove and turn it into a place where people can swim and kayak alongside small whales and dolphins…calling it ‘a marine safari park.’”

The plan is to open the “whale park” within five years in a 69-acre stretch of Moriura bay. According to MNN, captured black whales and bottlenose dolphins would be released into the “park,” which would also feature beaches and mudflats.

But the addition of a marine park doesn’t mean the annual slaughter will end. An inside source says that Taiji is “in no way going to stop” the annual hunt, and that residents have no problem enjoying dolphins as both entertainment and food.

Of course, that’s not the official party line.

“We want to send out the message that the town is living together with whales,” says Taiji Mayor Kazutaka Sangen.

Yeah, well, this isn’t the way to do it. Now activists will simply have two reasons to protest this town’s horrific mistreatment of aquatic wildlife. Want to get involved? “The Cove” has a “Take Part” page just for that. Check it out.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Berthold Werner

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Aud Nordby
Aud n4 years ago


Dainzu Arroyo
Dainy A4 years ago

Dolphins are not water toys.

Anne G.
Anne G5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

Kaytlin is right!

cori johnson
Cori johnson5 years ago

Pure stupidity, but thank you for letting the world know.

Kaytlin Crawford
Kaytlin Crawford5 years ago

This is just another way they are capitalizing on the suffering of these innocent animals.

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V5 years ago

Another way to sprrd up the death of the earth.

Florence Eaise
Florence E5 years ago

great article thanks

Florence Eaise
Florence E5 years ago

Dolphins have an unhealthy amount of mercury from pollution so someone please tell me exactly WHAT you have to tell them before they'll stop eating,hunting,killing and exploiting dolphins in particular ALL animals in general

Jane L.
Jane L5 years ago

swimming with their food??? that's sick...