General Info: The Japanese Dolphin Center (日本ドルフィンセンター) was opened in 2003 as a research facility but in March 2004 they decided to close the facility as the location and environment of the Seto Island Sea wa snot ideal for housing live dolphins. The business was scooped up by the Japanese Dolphin Assisted Therapy Association and renamed "Dolphin Center." They transformed the facility into a place for dolphin interaction.


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They have a "winter" pool and a summer sea pen, they move the animals between the two based on the season/weather. Info via CetaBase.

 

Taiji Affiliation? Yes. As of 2017, they have three bottlenose dolphins and one Pacific White Sided Dolphin, all from Taiji. In 2013 they had two Pacific White Sided Dolphins but no information has been given on what happened to the other and the dolphin has possibly deceased.


How To Help Spread The Word?

You can reach millions on social media! Don't let a language barrier stop you! You can copy and paste the following phrases to their guests on their social media accounts linked below.

  • 水族館でイルカショーを見る前に「ザ・コーヴ」を見てください (Please watch The Cove before buying a ticket to dolphinariums)

  • 動物は自然界で生きるべきです (Animals belong in the wild)

  • You can also comment with the link DOLPHINFRIENDS.JP! It links to The Cove in Japanese!

Tag them on Instagram! #つくみイルカ島 (copy and paste this hashtag into the captions of your anti-captivity posts)


Dolphin Center's Social Media Pages:

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General Info: Shibushiwan Daikoku Dolphin Land (志布志湾大黒イルカランド) was opened in 2011. It is located in Kushima, Japan.

Taiji Affiliation? Yes.

  • 6 bottlenose dolphins from Taiji in 2010 and 2013.

  • 2 Pacific White Sided Dolphins from Taiji in 2013.

  • 4 dolphins, 2 bottlenose & 2 Pacific white-sided, were transferred on April 14, 2016 from Taiji to Shibushiwan Daikoku Dolphin Land 志布志湾海の駅イルカラン in Japan. Dolphin Land reported that it was no trouble to purchase the dolphins since they were not a member of JAZA." Info via Cetabase.


How To Help Spread The Word?

You can reach millions on social media! Don't let a language barrier stop you! You can copy and paste the following phrases to their guests on their social media accounts linked below. This facility lacks an Instagram account so we've linked their location tag on IG.


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水族館でイルカショーを見る前に「ザ・コーヴ」を見てください (Please watch The Cove before buying a ticket to dolphinariums)

動物は自然界で生きるべきです (Animals belong in the wild)


You can also comment with the link DOLPHINFRIENDS.JP! It links to The Cove in Japanese!


Facility's Social Media Pages:

Website

Facebook

Instagram


General Info: Tsukumi Irukajima (うみたま体験パーク つくみイルカ島)  was opened in 2011 by Marine Palace (who also runs Umitamago Aquarium in Oita) and the Tsukumi city government. Since opening, the dolphinarium has seen an attendance drop of 50%.

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  • April 2016, since the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) banned the practice of their members acquiring dolphins from drive fisheries, many dolphinariums have been struggling with a source for new cetaceans. Tsukumi Irukajima announced that they would be creating a breeding center to "provide the marine mammals for aquariums nationwide."

  • Later that month, an Asahi Shimbum article has stated that "marine Palace touts Tsukumi Irukajima as a breeding center for dolphins, but no successful breeding has been reported there. Fourteen male and female bottlenose dolphins are currently kept at Tsukumi Irukajima. Although some of the dolphins have mated, none of them have become pregnant, according to officials."

  • May 2017, a calf is born on May 14, 2017 to dolphins Saki (estimated 12 years old, wild capture) and Athens (estimated 12 years old, captive born at Enoshima Aquarium, transferred to Kyoto Aquarium, the transferred again to Tsukumi Irukajima). The calf was put on display at just 3 days old. Information on lineage below.

  • The mother Saki was captured from the wild when she was pregnant. She gave birth in 2010 once at Tsukumi Irukajima, but the calf died within 20 days. The calf's died after becoming entangled in the metal fence inside the pool.


Taiji Affiliation? Yes. As of 2017, there is a total of 14 bottlenose dolphins at Tsukumi Irukajima and 13 of them were captured in Taiji.


How To Help Spread The Word?

You can reach millions on social media! Don't let a language barrier stop you! You can copy and paste the following phrases to their guests on their social media accounts linked below.

  • 水族館でイルカショーを見る前に「ザ・コーヴ」を見てください (Please watch The Cove before buying a ticket to dolphinariums)

  • 動物は自然界で生きるべきです (Animals belong in the wild)

  • You can also comment with the link DOLPHINFRIENDS.JP! It links to The Cove in Japanese!

Tag them on Instagram! #つくみイルカ島 (copy and paste this hashtag into the captions of your anti-captivity posts)


Their social media pages:

Website

Twitter