The nuclear accidents would have a lasting impact on Japan’s northeast, too. Understandably, the release of radioactive materials in the area made it less of an appealing holiday destination for tourists. And as a result, visitor numbers at the Inubosaki Marine Park Aquarium began to dwindle.
So, seven years after the earthquake and tsunami, the aquarium shut its doors for the final time, in January 2018. Prior to this, the facility had been home to hundreds of animals, including fish, reptiles, penguins and a dolphin called Honey.
It had been up to the marine park’s owner, then, to decide the fates of all the creatures in their care. But two months after the aquarium’s closure, it seemed that no effort had been made to relocate the animals at Inubosaki.