“A Sochi aquarium is set to display during the Olympic Games a pair of orcas that were captured by whalers in waters north of Japan, say whale protection advocates.
Killer whale monitoring group Russian Orcas began reporting as early as 2012 that ships were capturing killer whales in the Okhotsk Sea with Sochi’s Aquatoria as a possible destination. Russian officials and staff at the aquarium have been mostly silent about the plans since that time, but with the Olympics just a few weeks away, local whale researchers and thousands of B.C. residents are joining international voices in decrying the move.”
Great news! The President of the Sochi Olympic Committee has just confirmed that the two wild orcas captured by White Sphere will not be displayed during the Sochi Olympics.
But this fight isn’t over. Whale and Dolphin Conservation believe that White Sphere is responsible for the capture of 8 wild orcas in the past year. The 2 that were bound for the Sochi Olympics are still in Moscow. They are still destined to be shipped off to another dolphinarium in Russia or China. They will still be forced to participate in live shows and be kept in ridiculously tiny metal tanks.
The physical and mental health of these orcas is in danger. We have to ramp up the pressure on White Sphere, and we think we know how. White Sphere is a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IIAPA), the world’s largest trade association for amusement parks and aquariums. So is SeaWorld. We want the IIAPA and SeaWorld to expect better from their members and partners.
Tell the IIAPA and SeaWorld to boot White Sphere out of the Association, unless it returns the captured orcas to the wild.