Bottlenose dolphin left to die alone in Japanese Aquarium

Yvonne O'Halloran

One of the most well-known captive dolphins called ‘Honey’ has died in Japan. She was captured back in 2005 and has since spent the rest of her life in captivity. She, along with 46 penguins and hundreds of fish and reptiles, were abandoned at Inubosaki Marine Park Aquarium just east of Tokyo. The park was forced to close, but the animals were left behind.

The person who ended up buying Honey was the owner of the Inubosaki Marine Park, a dolphin aquarium near Tokyo, Japan. Honey spent many years at the park performing shows for paying guests, along with a few other dolphins — but these other dolphins have all died. There appeared to be a staff member who was employed to simply feed them but other than that they were alone all day everyday.

She has lived in cramped conditions, completely alone with no other dolphins for company, and nothing at all to entertain her. Her mental and physical health are not even considered by the park’s owner.

In January, the park closed its doors to the public, yet Honey, as well as 46 penguins and hundreds of fish and reptiles, have remained at the park.

Honey has spent years as nothing more than amusement for the public, probably starved in order to perform tricks, but to abandon her in solitude is pure torture for an animal as intelligent as a dolphin. Drone footage captured this amazingly intelligent creature in her tank where she was barely existing in the abandoned location. Honey, who was estimated to be about 20 years old, didn’t seem to have any kind of sun protection either exposing her to the sun and damaging her skin.

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