It’s a debate that rages on, a week after the last remaining beluga whale at the Vancouver Aquarium passed away.
Meanwhile, people are looking at an American aquarium that has been profitable without having cetaceans in captivity.
The Maui Ocean Centre in Hawaii doesn’t have cetaceans in captivity, but Colleen Foster with the facility says guests have been supportive of not keeping whales and dolphins in a tank.
“We’re not a research facility. That’s not something that comes into play with us. We do quite well regardless; we were named one of the top 25 aquariums in the United States and we continue to resonate with our visitors and do very well with the animals we do have on exhibit.”
Back in Vancouver, scientists are still trying to figure out how both Qila and Aurora the beluga whales passed away ten days apart from each other, sparking the most recent criticism of cetaceans in captivity.
A protest is being held this afternoon in Stanley Park against keeping cetaceans in captivity.