November 23, 2017

To the Aquarium: The Case for the Beluga Trade

How the capture and a strictly-regulated market for white whales could advance science and conservation

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Sailors for centuries have dubbed them
“canaries of the sea” for their chirps and warbles. One bioacoustic
scientist famously noted that they sounded “reminiscent of a string
orchestra tuning up.” Belugas, or white whales, are also among the first cetaceans to have
been brought into captivity — in part because of their striking white
appearance and engaging personalities but also because keepers say
they’re quick to adapt and train.

That impression was reinforced last week with the emergence

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