Few decisions have only good consequences.
While SeaWorld’s decision last month to end its orca breeding program delighted animal rights activists, it disappointed many marine scientists, who say they will gradually lose vital opportunities to learn things that could help killer whales in the wild.
Noren got to observe only one mother-and-calf pair at a SeaWorld park before the end of the breeding program was announced.
“It’s really difficult to publish with one. I really was hoping for a couple more, but that is what it is,” said Noren, who works at the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle.
Ironically, the animal rights activists’ victory may result in harming far more wales than the few dozen in captivity.