Discover the first in a 12-part series of videos that answer some questions related to our activity.
You will find the reasoned replies of specialists, veterinarians, zoological directors and the chairman of the Marineland Foundation.
Some people talk about "catches"… What's the real story?
Check out this series and various articles on our blog, Inside Marineland: www.marineland.fr/fr/blog
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.