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Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 19:02

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.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 18:57


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.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 18:55

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.