|Angel the young albino bottlenose dolphin at Taiji Whale Museum
Some (Save Japan Dolphins Volunteer Cove Monitor Karla Sanjur and Richard O'Barry) have started calling the white dolphin "Angel". Angel really does shimmer in the water, so it seems to be a good name to call her and perhaps she will become the Angel to help save other cetaceans who so desperately need our help.
We know she is female because the Taiji Whale Museum has posted so on their FB page announcing that she is captive there. [Update: they have shut down their FB page after 2300+ angry comments about Angel's captivity]. Below is what they have posted about her:
(Translated by Bing)
White bottlenose dolphin's body was transported. Group to 17, had been caught in the color white bottlenose dolphins has been identified.
In female white dolphins, at about 2 m in length and weight about 100 kg and future followed we hope you want to think. [Announcement]
|Angel on her first day at the Taiji Whale Museum after her tragic capture,
you can see how she was injured and bloodied from the ordeal
The Taiji Whale Museum has been described as more about whaling, capturing cetaceans for food, than conservation. This is now where Angel will be held captive for the rest of her now shortened life, or to be sold for a very high price because she is now a "rare commodity" as the "property" of the Whale Museum. In reality, she IS special and rare, and has now become a symbol for the Anti-Captivity movement, someday Angel will be free, either she is rehabilitated and given back her freedom in the sea, or she will die and finally become free of her captivity.
|Angel swimming with her mother before her capture
Sea Shepard Cove Guardian photo
Captive Cetaceans SBTS Facebook page: "Ric O Barry named this baby Angel yesterday after one of his cove guardians said she was like an angel with fins. Today Paul Watson decided to call her Shoujo. As we had been calling her Angel all day yesterday and I am sure Paul Watson would not have known she had already been named. In respect to both great animal advocates who both fight against the Cove, she will be known on this page as Angel Shoujo." And so we will call her Angel Shoujo on the blog.
~ Kindness for Animals