Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dolphins becoming whales

I feel your pain my flubbery, flippery friends
Aquarium puts 'fat' dolphins on diet

A Japanese aquarium is putting its dolphins on a diet after their portly figures got in the way of their water tricks.
"These days animals at the sealand are a bit ... fat," a zookeeper confided on the website of Kinosaki Marine World in western Hyogo prefecture.
Audiences have apparently noticed, with the dolphins failing to jump into the air as high as before, he said.
"But we ask you, please be lenient with them as they are making efforts to lose weight," he said.
The problem lies in their diet of mackerels, which are popular at this time of year in Japan.
Mackerels are known in Japan for their rich taste but also their high fat content.
"We are trying to make them return to their best weight by feeding them other kinds of fish with less fat or by offering fewer mackerels," the zookeeper said.


The Lil Bee said...

I just went to Oahu and saw a Wolphin...half dolphin/half whale. The only known one of its kind in the world. So, yes, perhaps they are really becoming whales?!

Cute little buggers, aren't they?!

Anonymous said...

as long as we never see some sort of dolphin-wrestling with Flipper wearing a loin cloth, they should be ok...

Pippa said...

lil bee - are you kidding? - that is the coolest thing ever!

anon - too funny, that is one bizarre image

Emma @ White and Wander said...

Wolphin - too funny! They can come to Weight Watchers with me if they like?