The controversial display of belugas at the Vancouver Aquarium will come to an end in 2029.
But despite the recent cetacean deaths at the Vancouver Aquarium, more beluga whales will be brought back to its facility for now.
CEO and president John Nightingale says the aquarium will go ahead with plans to build the new Arctic exhibit.
He says the program will focus on research and will be phased out by 2029.
Display of belugas will come to an end in 2029, nothing to do with recent deaths, we hear
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Nightingale says they still don’t know why Aurora and her calf Qila died in less than two weeks apart back in November.
But he says the aquarium is suspecting a toxin “that came and went,” and won’t rule out “something malicious” happened.
“The direction from the board is no stone unturned in terms of both finding out what happened and doing everything we can to mitigate that going forward.”
The aquarium says meanwhile, no cetaceans will be placed in “that habitat” until issues around protecting them are in place.
Back in November, necropsy results for Aurora and her calf Qila were inconclusive.