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Watch: 'False Killer Whale' Leaps Out of Tank at Japan Aquarium


A False Killer Whale, a member of the dolphin species, leapt from its tank in Okinawa, Japan late last week.

Unfortunately, it found a hard surface beyond the tank instead of the open sea. Thankfully, it was not critically injured.


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  1. That tank is way too small for them - and I also found it interesting how the fellow false killer whales crowded by the glass to see their friend. How sad.

    Posted by: KFLO | Jul 12, 2010 11:25:42 PM

  2. If people really want to preserve cetacean species in safe, captive areas, there are better ways (like netted-off inlets that at least resemble natural habitat). Holding an animal that migrates thousands and thousands of miles on an annual basis in a small aquarium (not to mention the whole performance thing) is a bit over-the-top. There are better ways to "raise awareness."

    Posted by: scientitian | Jul 12, 2010 11:32:30 PM

  3. Christine is right. Where do you draw the line? I mean, first they have zoos and aquariums for dolphins and the next thing you know there will be aquariums for the gays. They will wipe out their natural habitats like Chelsea and West Hollywood and crowd them into little fish tanks to perform for straight tourists. I do think it's cute, though, how the other little fish gathered around to watch. Kind of like gays do at their clubs when other gays go into the K-hole.

    Posted by: gwyneth cornrow | Jul 13, 2010 3:06:06 AM

  4. Please see The Cove if you haven't already done so. http://fm4.orf.at/stories/1643091/

    Posted by: riem | Jul 13, 2010 5:06:22 AM

  5. I've been to this aquarium, and honestly watching the show, the animals seem really happy. Also that tank wall isn't that much taller than the ones they have at Sea World. Also, I realize everyone thinks that all Japanese people are dolphin and whale slaughters who eat it, but as a Japanese person growing up in Japan, I've only encountered whale meat once in my life and it was at a restaurant, and never dolphin. No one eats it on the regular. I just hate the mistaken view the whole world has about Japan on so many aspects.

    Posted by: Em | Jul 13, 2010 11:10:49 AM

  6. Oh and just to clarify, this is part of the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, which is home to the second largest aquarium in the world. It's beautiful, you learn a lot, and they also have a large population of sea turtles which you can find natively in Okinawa but as many know, are becoming an endangered species.

    Posted by: Em | Jul 13, 2010 11:15:55 AM

  7. Look how the other FKW's swim over and watch through the glass. The one called 'video 2' has it from another angle.

    Posted by: lookyloo | Jul 14, 2010 5:56:54 AM

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