Animal activists' anger after aquarium puts Santa hats on whale

Thursday, 20 December 2007
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A festive Beluga Whale
Beluga Whales, now 25% more festive.
I saw this in the Daily Mail yesterday and it brought out two emotions at first I thought, "How cute! Hats on whales!" then I thought, "Hats on whales! What the heck?"

A Japanese aquarium on Yokohama Island has discovered that the two beluga whales they have in captivity were not festive enough on their own so they decided to mount Santa Hats on them.

According to the article, the hats are bringing laughter and cheers from visitors while environmentalists are saddened by the sight of what they say is the final humiliation for the whale in a country that hunts them down with harpoons.

The article doesn't mention how they got them to stay on their heads in the first place but I am going to imagine lasers were used somewhere in the process.

Yeah, don't get me started...
A festive Beluga Whale
Beluga Whales, now 25% more festive.
I saw this in the Daily Mail yesterday and it brought out two emotions at first I thought, "How cute! Hats on whales!" then I thought, "Hats on whales! What the heck?"

A Japanese aquarium on Yokohama Island has discovered that the two beluga whales they have in captivity were not festive enough on their own so they decided to mount Santa Hats on them.

According to the article, the hats are bringing laughter and cheers from visitors while environmentalists are saddened by the sight of what they say is the final humiliation for the whale in a country that hunts them down with harpoons.

The article doesn't mention how they got them to stay on their heads in the first place but I am going to imagine lasers were used somewhere in the process.

Yeah, don't get me started...

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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