Georgia Aquarium’s Beluga Plan Raises Concerns about Whale Culture

Georgia Aquarium’s controversial plan to move 18 wild beluga whales into captivity

The Georgia Aquarium’s controversial plan to move 18 wild beluga whales into captivity has met with fierce opposition. Opponents state that their capture was inhumane, and could be potentially destructive to a beluga clan.

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Captive Beluga Whale Was Able to Mimic Speech

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When a beluga’s caretakers heard noises that sounded like garbled phrases emanating from its enclosure, they realized that the whale might be imitating the voices of its human handlers. The outbursts, originally described at a conference in 1985, began in 1984 and lasted for four years until the whale named NOC hit its sexual maturity.

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