So if they can't come to the U.S., where will they go?
According to the White Whale Programme the biggest customers of wild-caught Belugas are China, Thailand, Vietnam and Arab countries. And what will be Europe's biggest aquarium is under construction in Russia at this very moment.
What Russia needs is it's very own "Blackfish." That documentary by Gabriela Cowperthwaite changed the conversation about captivity in the US and contributed to a decline in Sea World attendance of 500,000 people from third quarter 2013 to third quarter 2014. Revenue also declined over $42 million during that same period.