The Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium has welcomed home a family of killer whales and it looks to be the best decision they made. The adorable whales are attracting huge crowds and the number of visitors to the aquarium has taken quite a jump. This comes at a time when Japan is being pushed by the international community to give up its whale and dolphin hunting sprees.
The family of killer whales include father Bingo (around 30-years-old), mother Stella, (aged 26), and their six-year-old daughter Ran. They are a loan from Kamogawa Seaworld in Chiba Prefecture and arrived at the Nagoya aquarium in December 2011. They have been leased out for a 5-year period at the rate of 480 million yen (approx. $6.1 million). The aquarium saw a huge jump in visitors around April and September this year.
Official records state that the number of visitors peaked around 1.25 million, which is a 13% increase from the year before. The aquarium is hoping to welcome at least 2 million visitors for the fiscal 2012. If it does surpass the 2 million mark, then it will be for the third time since the aquarium opened in 1992. A very pregnant Stella is due in December and has been very responsive towards the children who visit her.