moment dolphin desperate to escape captivity leaps out of its own tank during
Kuru almost makes
it over the edge before sliding back into the water
footage shows the dramatic moment a dolphin suddenly leapt out of its tank
in a desperate bid to escape captivity.
a species known as the false killer whale, had been taking part in a marine
show at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in southwestern Japan when it jumped on
to the floor near its tank.
tourist who was among spectators at the event shot the video footage and
sent it to the former dolphin trainer for the 'Flipper' TV show.
Shock: The false
killer whale, a species of dolphin, leapt out of its tank during a marine
show at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in southwestern Japan
70, who now makes a career out of freeing dolphins, said the video highlights
the cruelty the animals suffer while in captivity.
footage shows the stricken dolphin, called Kuru, lying on the floor as staff
desperately wrap it in a mat and use a crane to lift it back into the water.
The other dolphins in the tank appear to be distressed and gathered around
the side where the creature leapt out.
Mr O'Barry said:
'The habitat of that false killer whale is so unnatural it leapt out in
wanted to end it. Why does a person jump out of a building?'
Captive: The stricken
animal lies on the floor as the other dolphins look on seemingly distressed
wrapped the dolphin in mats and kept it wet with a hosepipe before it could
be put back into the tank
Hideshi Teruya, who
manages the dolphin section at the park, said the it suffered minor scratches
and bruises on its head and fin, but had a healthy appetite for mackerel
and squid after it was returned to the tank. He said: 'It was playing around
and jumped out by accident from the momentum.'
Kuru, which means
'black' in the local dialect, was captured six years ago in the seas around
denied the captivity was cruel and said the tank was not overcrowded and
followed aquarium guidelines. But Mr O'Barry said the guidelines were inadequate
and that dolphins were used to roaming for many miles a day, not swimming
in a circle and doing flips at shows. He added that keeping them in a concrete
box was cruel because it bombarded them with strange sounds and deprived
them of their key sensory skill. He said: 'It proves that captivity doesn't
work. They are free-ranging creatures with a very large brain.
self-aware and putting them in a small tank in a stadium setting is abusive.'
featured in a film about Japanese dolphin hunting - The Cove - in which
he attempted to stop the slaughter of the animals for food in the town of
Taiji. It used hidden cameras to show how the dolphins are killed - workers
herd them into a cove and stab they with spears as they writhe in the water.
The film, which
won best documentary at the Oscars, opened in Japanese cinemas this month
despite protests and threats.
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