At a special meeting on July 31, he Board had voted unanimously to ban the aquarium from breeding its beluga whales and dolphins, while still allowing it to keep its cetaceans in captivity.
Nightingale said that it's not clear how long the legal challenge will take yet, noting that the process of judicial review can take about six months.
He also said that none of the beluga whales have been deliberately bred at the aquarium. While the park now has two female belugas, Nightingale said that it plans to bring back other whales, some of them male, from other aquariums where they are on loan. When the males are returned to the aquarium, they will be kept in the same tank with the females.
"If you keep males and females together, sometimes they mate," he said.
When asked what organizations provide oversight to the aquarium, Nightingale replied that the facility's board of directors, annual audits, an animal committee and an inspection by independent inspectors every five years are all forms oversight.