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Japanese aquarium puts dolphins on weight-loss plan 日水族館計畫幫海豚減肥

Right: In this photo released by Kinosaki Marine World, Keith, one of the dolphins at the Japanese marine park in Toyooka, western Japan, sits on a stage, looking plumper than normal, during training to greet dolphin show spectators on Sept. 11, 2008. PHOTO: AFP
右圖:日本西部豐岡市「城崎海洋世界」九月十一日發佈的這張照片中,館內海豚「凱斯」坐在舞台上練習和海豚秀觀眾打招呼;牠看起來比一般海豚胖了些。照片:法新社

Fatty food isn’t just a problem for humans. A Japanese aquarium is putting its dolphins on a diet after they began having problems performing their water tricks.

“These days, the animals are a bit fat!” a zookeeper said on the Web site of Kinosaki Marine World in Toyooka, western Japan.

Audiences have noticed, with the dolphins failing to jump into the air as high as before, he said.

“But we ask you, please be lenient with them as they are making efforts to lose weight,” he said.

The problem lies in their diet of mackerels, which are popular at this time of year in Japan. Mackerels are known in Japan for their rich taste but also their high fat content.

“We are trying to make them return to their best weight by feeding them other kinds of fish with less fat or by offering fewer mackerels,” the zookeeper said.

The marine park offers audiences shows by dolphins, sea lions and other marine animals. (afp)

高脂食物不光是人類的問題。日本一家水族館正在推行海豚減肥計畫,因為牠們已經胖到無法順利水上表演了。

日本西部豐岡市「城崎海洋世界」的一位動物管理員在官網上表示:「最近動物都有一點肥!」

他說,海豚沒辦法跳得像以前那麼高了,觀眾也注意到了這點。

他說:「但我們懇請各位,對牠們寬容一點,牠們正在努力減肥。」

問題出在牠們食用的青花魚,現在正值日本青花魚的盛產期。青花魚在日本以其濃郁的口感及高脂肪含量出名。

該名館員說:「我們正在努力讓牠們恢復標準體重,我們會餵牠們吃其他脂肪較少的魚類,或減少餵食青花魚。」

這座海洋公園有海豚、海獅和其他海洋生物的表演秀供民眾欣賞。(法新社�翻譯:袁星塵)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. trick n.

把戲 (ba3 xi4)

例: Brent impressed everybody with his amazing card tricks.

(布蘭特神乎其技的紙牌把戲讓所有人印象深刻。)

2. audience n.

觀眾 (guang1 zhong4)

例: The audience stood up and applauded at the end of the performance.

(表演結束,觀眾起立鼓掌。)

3. lenient adj.

寬容的 (kuan1 rong2 de5)

例: Michelle's parents are too lenient with her.

(蜜雪兒的父母對她太寬容了。)

4. mackerel n.

青花魚 (qing1 hua1 yu2)

例: Mom cooked us a wonderful mackerel supper.

(媽媽為我們煮了非常美味的青花魚晚餐。)


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