February 22, 2018

Georgia Aquarium Beluga Plan Raises Whale Culture Questions

A formation of belugas in the Chukchi Sea. Image: NOAA

Opponents of the Georgia Aquarium’s controversial plan to move 18 wild beluga whales into captivity say their capture wasn’t just inhumane, but potentially destructive to a beluga clan, perhaps even a culture.

The idea that whales should be seen in cultural terms, rather than grouped genetically, is a fairly new one, but supported by science. And while the aquarium rightly defends the capture as unthreatening to the survival of belugas

Source: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/10/georgia-aquarium-belugas/