Captive marine mammals continue to languish in unnatural conditions
There is a debate going on in Vancouver over whale breeding policies for the Vancouver Aquarium. The park's board recently decided to allow the facility to keep belugas, also called white whales, but dictated that it can't breed them "unless they are a threatened species." There are critically threatened species of cetacean (the collective term for whales, porpoises, and dolphins) in many parts of the world, but breeding them in captivity won't save them.
Dr. Andrew Trites, Director of the University of British Columbia's Marine Mammal Research Unit, lists his research interests as biology of marine mammals, their population dynamics, bioenergetics, fisheries, and data analysis. He opposes the decision.
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