In our first post regarding Sea World's importation of the Kamagawa Pilot Whale named "Argo" we only posted the permit. Sadly, some people have taken that permit out of context, assuming that Argo was the product of the drive fisheries in Taiji, Japan which is NOT true.
Here's some background information on Argo.
"Argo the pilot whale has no association with the drive fisheries. He was a lone stranding, as a neonate, six years ago on a beach northeast of Kamogawa and was nearly dead when rescued. Animal care specialists nursed him to health at Kamogawa SeaWorld saving his life. Because Argo was hand raised by humans, he is not releasable. Kamogawa SeaWorld does not have any other pilot whales at its park while we have three pilot whales here. We were asked if could provide long-term care for Argo so that he could live with other whales of his own species. We of course said yes. And in case you are not aware, we are providing long-term care to a young pilot whale named Sully rescued after he stranded near death on the island of Curacao a year ago. Argo, like Sully, was given a second chance at life by passionate and dedicated animal care specialists working in marine-life parks like ours."
- SeaWorld San Diego
Argo originally stranded on January 10th, 2004 on the Moriya seashore of Katsuura.
It's important to note that no cetaceans captured in Japan have been known to be imported to the US since 1993 when the NMFS denied a permit for Marine World Africa USA & Indianapolis Zoo to collect four false killer whales.