Two years ago, there was a massive outcry surrounding a dolphin named “Honey.” The lovely dolphin used to be one of the main attractions of a famous aquarium in Japan.
The aquarium had to shut down due to financial issues at the end of 2018.
Its owners decided not to transfer or sell the animals elsewhere, as it would be a costly endeavor.
Therefore, they left the creatures in the pools or cages they inhabited.
One of these creatures was Honey, a beautiful bottlenose dolphin.
It passed away in a small pool after two years of abandonment.
The marine park is also home to hundreds of reptiles, fish, and nearly fifty penguins.
No one is aware of their current condition.
Possible Reasons Behind The Aquarium’s Abrupt Shutdown
There has been a fair bit of speculation as to why the owners had to shut down so abruptly. It is not like other parks never face financial issues.
Most of them have to endure a crisis period, and they usually persevere and continue operating.
People who heard about this news recently thought that the novel coronavirus pandemic was the reason behind the aquarium’s closing. However, that is not the case as the management sealed the museum doors in 2018.
The owners hired one employee to look after the abandoned animals and feed them.
However, since there was no one else in the park, and caring for animals as massive as dolphins and alligators is not easy for a single person, the employee eventually abandoned them, leaving them in complete isolation.
Sadly, most of the creatures that lived in this aquarium, including Honey, died due to lack of food and pool maintenance.
Years Of Financial Struggle
Before closing, the Inubosaki Marine Park was struggling for quite a while.
It all started after the tsunami and earthquake that happened back in 2011. It led to a massive disaster leaving the aquarium in lousy shape.
The natural calamity caused a significant economic decline in the country.