Since the release of the video, Sun Asia Ocean World has publicly apologized for the incident, according to a news report. “We express our sincere apology to all the friends who like Sun Asia Ocean World,” a representative from the marine park reportedly said. The trainer is also said to have resigned.
While this incident might not be repeated at the park, Heather Rally, a marine mammal veterinarian who currently works with the PETA Foundation, said there are much bigger concerns around keeping beluga whales in captivity.
“In the wild, beluga whales can live up 60 years or more,” Rally told The Dodo. “But in captivity, there are relatively few adults who live beyond the 20- to 25-year range.”