"There are sanctuaries for other large, highly social, and wide-ranging mammals, including elephants and great apes, but there are none anywhere in the world yet for dolphins and whales," Marino, an animal behavior expert who was featured in "Blackfish," said in a statement. "Cetacean sanctuary initiatives are long overdue, and we now have the best possible team of experts to ensure an optimal quality of life and care for individual cetaceans."
WSP aims to create a sea sanctuary "where cetaceans - whales, dolphins, and porpoises - can live permanently in an environment as close to their natural habitat as possible and with full support for their well-being," the group said in a press release.
While the sanctuary didn't expressly mention SeaWorld's orcas in its press release - or the company at all - WSP's all-star team has clear ties to the company. Former SeaWorld trainers John Hargrove, Samantha Berg, John Jett, Carol Ray and Jeffrey Ventre will all serve on the advisory board.