Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Beluga Whale In Vancouver Aquarium Dies

One of the young beluga whales in the Vancouver Aquarium was found dead this past week. This particular beluga whale was only three years old. Beluga whales from the Canadian Arctic waters have been held in captivity in aquariums only the last several years. In addition to Vancouver, which was the site of a much publicized birth a few years ago, there are also the white color beluga whales in Niagara Falls' Marineland. There are now claims that such whales should not be held in captivity.

The Inuit of course have been very familiar with this type of whale as they are part of the usual game hunted. The Arctic beluga whale is also a popular subject for Inuit art sculpture and prints. For some nice examples of belugas, see Inuit art whale sculptures.


Anonymous said...

This is so sad. I live in Australia and I went to the aquarium in Vancouver and thought they were really cool when I saw them!

Anonymous said...

Wow! this is shocking! I agree with the Australian about how sad it is and everything