Angel's tiny tank is also filled with chlorinated water, which is extremely bad for any cetacean, causing eye irritations and other health problems. But as an albino dolphin, Angel is particularly susceptible to these eye problems. "She often has her eyes closed," Lucas says, "perhaps because the chemicals in the water are too harsh."
After losing the lawsuit for discrimination against westerners, the Taiji Whale Museum has been ordered to pay AFD 110,000 yen, which equates to only about $972. Now Lucas is asking representatives to use the money to relocate Angel into one of the sea pens the Taiji Whale Museum has at the front of their property. "I do have real hope that she will be released in time to a sea pen," Lucas says. "It's actually in the museum's best interest, if they want Angel to have a long life." Despite this glimmer of hope, Angel is still the museum's property, and it's possible that they will choose to keep her on display.
"No one is sure yet whether Angel could be released into the wild," Lucas tells The Dodo, "but we think a sea pen with adequate shade cloth would be much more humane than her current tank. She's never going to playfully swim in the ocean with her mother again, so we have to focus on trying to give her the best life now that we can."