Japanese Dolphinariums 101: Nagoya Aquarium

General Info:

Port Of Nagoya Aquarium (名古屋港水族館) opened in 1992. They previously owned one of the infamous "Taiji Ten" (aka Taiji Five) orcas that were captured in Taiji in 1997.


News And Mentionable Incidents:

Photos: IKA-NET.jp

  • Three bottlenose dolphins were purchased from Taiji in 2005.

  • In 2011, after less than a year at Nagoya, an orca named Nami died. She was transferred from Taiji Whale Museum where she had spent the last 24 years. It was found that she had swallowed 491 stones, weighing 179.5 pounds during her time in Taiji, causing her death.

  • In June of 2011 a Pacific White Sided Dolphin was purchased from Taiji while pregnant in 2008. She died during training, landing on cement.

  • In December of 2011, orcas Stella and Bingo (both wild captures from Iceland) were transferred on a breeding loan from Kamogawa SeaWorld. Stella was forced to leave behind three offspring in the transfer. Her and Bingo calved a female in 2012 named Lin at Nagoya but she was later transferred to Kamogawa.

  • In 2012, Taiji Whale Museum decided to dig up Nami's remains to put on display.

  • On September, 2016 a bottlenose dolphin acquired from Taiji named Lulu gave birth to a calf. She began exhibiting aggressive behavior towards the calf which escalated to the calf's death, just four days later. This is an act that is "exceedingly rare for mother dolphins in the wild... However, it is a major concern for captive cetaceans."


  • In March of 2017 they purchased an orca from Kamogawa for approx. 5 million dollars. He is the only male Orca in Japan as of today. Calf between Oscar and Raby (also both originally captured from Iceland).

  • On Sept. 14th 2017 a bottlenose dolphin named Bibi gave birth to a calf. The calf died on Sept. 15th 2017. Staff noted that the mother and calf's health were both unstable after the birth. Source: CetaBase

  • Winnie ウィニー, a bottlenose dolphin, gave birth to a female calf on September 23, 2017 at the Port of Nagoya Aquarium in Japan. Source: CetaBase.

Any Taiji Affiliation? Yes, purchased multiple animals directly from the fishery and indirectly through Taiji Whale Museum or other facilties.

What can you do? Knowledge is power and a lot of people would not be attending and purchasing tickets to these places if they knew what was going behind closed doors. 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. Don't forget to leave them a Facebook review!

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!


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