The animals of Marineland: learning more about their history
Only 4 of Marineland's 18 cetaceans were not born in the park. No animals in France come from "drive fisheries," like those found in Taiji, Japan.
Taiji is a village belonging to the prefecture of Wakayama in Japan. Located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, it has been known as a whaling city since the 17th century.
Violent harpoon hunting of cetaceans (primarily dolphins) is organized there every year, from September to December, by Taiji's leaders. They claim that this is a traditional, ancestral fishing method.
The dolphins are frightened and driven toward the bay. Every year, about 20,000 dolphins are massacred in this way for their meat.
Flocke and Rasputin were welcomed into Marineland Park in 2010, as part of the European Endangered Species Program (EEP).
After nearly five years in a space specially created for them, they gave birth to baby Hope on November 26, 2014, renewing the park’s success in animal reproduction.