O'Barry speculated that the most likely scenario for the dolphin, should it survive its precarious transition from its mother, and the wild, is that the Taiji Whale Museum would keep the calf to attract tourists.
Laura Bridgeman, a spokesperson for the International Marine Mammal Project, commented on the issue:
The current media storm over this hunt in Taiji all started because of this little white dolphin named Angel. Because it is so different, it's individuality becomes clear to us, allowing us to connect with her on a more personal level. This has likely ignited empathy and compassion in many people. This is what nonhuman personhood is all about - treating nonhumans as individuals, rather than species, populations, or quotas. By viewing dolphins as individuals, their personhood emerges, as will their basic rights.
Karla Sanjur, a volunteer for O'Barrys Dolphin Project on the ground in Taiji, weighed in on the calf's future, and the sad fate of her mother:
We believe the albino dolphin will be kept at the Taiji Whale Museum as a prize. If this dolphin were to be sold, he would be too easy to track and that is the last thing the fishermen here want. Her mother was not taken captive, she was actually seen frantically looking for her daughter and spy hopping out of the water only to then go under never to be seen again. We suspect she drowned herself in desperation.