There are innumerably “Whale shrines”, “Whale temples”, “Whale memorial cenotaphs”, and “Whale graves” in Japan.
It is not only whale.
The graves and the memorial cenotaphs of various living things such as dog, cat, pig, cow, horse, rat, fish, bird, insect, frog, and the plants exist in Japan.
The Japanese has treated all living things equally.
The Japanese doesn’t understand the idea to assume the whale to be a special, sacred living thing.
By the way, did the party who insisted so build “Whale churches”?
One example of whale graves.
↓Oumi-jima, Nagato-shi, Yamaguchi Prefecture