海豚表演中躍到地面,希望結束囚禁生活


日本水族館驚人一幕 海豚躍出,企圖掙脫牢籠

2010年7月9日

這一驚人片段上演了戲劇性的一刻,一條海豚突然跳出水缸希望逃脫。

這海豚屬偽虎鯨,在日本西南地區的沖繩美海水族館參與表演時,從水缸跳到地面。

一位美國遊客攝錄了過程,發給電視節目《海豚的故事》的前海豚訓練員。

域克 .奧巴利,70歲,現致力解救海豚,表示錄像有力顯示動物被囚禁的殘酷苦況。

片段顯示,出事海豚小黑躺在地上時,職員趕緊用墊子把它包起,並用吊車將它放回水中。

水裡的其他海豚顯得哀傷,並聚集在事發的缸邊。

奧巴利先生表示:「那條偽虎鯨的生活環境違反天性,所以牠拼命逃脫。

「牠想一了百了,如同一個人好端端的為什麼要跳樓?」

Hideshi Teruya,是該海洋公園海豚部的經理,表示海豚只是輕微擦傷,頭和鰭撞瘀。回到水缸後,對鯖魚和章魚還是胃口大開。

他說:「牠只是玩耍時不小心跳了出來。」

Kuru,當地解黑色,六年前在沖繩海域被捕。

Teruya先生否認囚禁海豚殘忍,並表示水缸也不是太過擠迫,水缸亦符合水族館的標準。

不過奧巴利先生說那些標準並不足夠,海豚一般每天泅泳很多里,而不是困在圓圈裡游來游去,以及表演翻筋觔斗。

他繼續補充說,把海豚困在水泥缸裡是很殘忍的,水泥缸會產生奇怪噪音轟炸牠們,使牠們喪失一定的感官能力。

他說:「這證明不應囚禁,牠們擁有較大的腦袋,是自由放養的動物。」

「牠們有自我意識,放牠們在小水缸箱是一種虐待。」

奧巴利先生曾在一部關於日本屠殺海豚的電影-《海豚灣》現身,他在片中試圖阻止太地町漁民為獲取豚肉而進行動物大屠殺。

電影用隱藏的攝影機拍下海豚如何被屠殺,工人將海豚趕進一個小海灣,當海豚在水中痛苦翻滾時,用魚叉刺殺他們。

電影獲得奧斯卡最佳紀錄長片獎,並且不顧抗議和威脅,本月在日本院線上映。

Shocking moment dolphin desperate to escape captivity leaps out of its own tank during marine show

By Mail Foreign Service
UPDATED: 12:49 GMT, 9 July 2010

This startling footage shows the dramatic moment a dolphin suddenly leapt out of its tank in a desperate bid to escape captivity.

The dolphin, 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.

A U.S. 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.

dolphin leaps out of tankShock: 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

Ric O’Barry, 70, who now makes a career out of freeing dolphins, said the video highlights the cruelty the animals suffer while in captivity.

The 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 desperation. ‘It wanted to end it. Why does a person jump out of a building?’ 「

dolphin jumps out of tankCaptive: The stricken animal lies on the floor as the other dolphins look on seemingly distressed

 

dolphin leaps out of tankPlight: Staff 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.管理公園海豚館的勇賢先生小黑

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 Okinawa.

Mr Teruya 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.

dolphin jumps out of tankRescued: The female dolphin, known as Kuru, is put back among her fellow creatures using a crane

 

dolphin jumps from tankEscape bid? A member of staff looks on as the dolphin leaps out of the tank. The other dolphins can be seen on the far side of the pool

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.

‘They’re self-aware and putting them in a small tank in a stadium setting is abusive.’

Mr O’Barry 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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