Statement by Jean-Michel Cousteau regarding the closing of Chosi Marine Park in Japan

October 4, 2018
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Honey, a bottle-nose dolphin, is seen at abandoned Inubosaki Marine Park Aquarium in Choshi, Japan August 15, 2018. Picture taken August 15, 2018. PEACE/Handout via REUTERS

We have received letters of concern from children, parents, and civil organizations from Mexico and Argentina denouncing the abandonment of “Honey” the dolphin, 46 penguins and other marine life now facing a slow death by starvation. The Chosi Marine Park in Japan closed its operations for lack of attendance by the public and they have left these animals totally unattended.

It is urgent that the Japanese authorities address immediately this terrible situation. Those precious creatures have been used to make money and now they are disposed of in the cruelest way. We are only a small part of this Blue Planet. We are not the owners, but the stewards of the life that exists on Earth.

We demand they be liberated into their proper environment.





Warm regards,


Jean-Michel Cousteau
President, Ocean Futures Society