A distressing video shows two stranded dolphins who appear to be desperate to escape their marine park tanks.
The video, which was reportedly taken at Kyoto Aquarium in Japan, shows two dolphins lying out of the water, apparently stuck on the concrete deck next to their tank. One of them appears to be in distress, turned on his side and thrashing his tail in the air. The other one begins to thrash, pushing himself out of the tank, then lies still, his mouth agape.
Eventually a staffer walks over. She pushes the second dolphin half into the water, but he thrashes again, pushing himself back out of the tank. The video then cuts off.
It's unclear how long the dolphins were lying there before the staffer arrived, and there are few details about when the video was taken. But according to David Perle, a spokesman for PETA, the dolphins were likely trying to escape the rampant bullying that's common in marine park environments.
"It is likely that the dolphin became stuck after being chased by others in the tank," Perle told The Dodo. "The animal clearly is stuck and struggling and requires trainer assistance to get back into the water."
This would hardly be the first time it's happened. Last year, two videos emerged showing Morgan, a wild-caught orca who's one of several SeaWorld keeps at Spain's Loro Parque, beaching herself on the side of her tank to escape extensive bullying from her tank mates. In one of the videos, she appears to be bleeding from her chin.