Mariachi is Lonely Dance for Mystic Beluga
Instead of migrating through arctic waters, the Mystic Aquarium belugas are subjected to daily “encounter” programs. Visitors pay $130 for a 90-minute interactive program in the whales’ habitat. According to the aquarium’s website, “Participants touch the whale’s back and belly and see how they breathe, spout and “sing.” Aquarium trainers will explain how we care for the whales and demonstrate the way in which contact sessions are beneficial to the whale’s health and well-being.”
movements, like the arm movements of the guitar player in the mariachi band. In return, the animal is rewarded with a prize of dead fish. Officals from Mystic aquarium report that Juno’s diet consists entirely of dead squid, herring and capelin. The odds are great that the highly social animal was simply bored and looking for some social interaction. Migrating belugas have been found in pods with as many as 10,000 whales.
In recent months, celebrity Betty White has been filmed interacting with captive-born Beethoven, the Beluga whale at the Georgia Aquarium and comedian Will Ferrell was seen kissing wild-caught Nanuq at SeaWorld San Diego.
From a conservation perspective, the beluga whale is considered “near threatened”. Those who live in the Cook Island Inlet of Alaska are reported as critically endangered. It is believed that the global population of beluga whales is about 100,000.
It is the opinion of Save Misty the Dolphin that beluga whales, as well as all other marine mammals, belong in the open sea. Captivity is cruel. It deprives marine mammals like dolphins, orcas and beluga whales of literally every innate activity known to their species: hunting, migrating and interacting socially as pods in the ocean. Captive animals suffer from a range of health and mental health issues and live significantly shorter lives compared to their peers in the ocean. It is time for people of the world to recognize the inherent cruelty of captivity and to simply stop supporting SeaWorld and other captive facilities. Wild caught marine mammals, who are taken from their pods, experience extreme suffering during the capture process. In Taiji, Japan, up to 20,000 dolphins are hunted annually between September and March. A portion of these animals are taken for training and sold into the international captive market. The rest are slaughtered for food. For more on the plight of the dolphins of Taiji, visit www.countdowntocove.com.
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No aquarium, no tank in a marine land, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea. And no dolphin who inhabits one of those aquariums or one of those marine lands can be considered normal. –Jacques Yves Cousteau
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