KEEP WHALES IN OCEANS
Re No One Should Love Marineland (Dec. 5): Orcas in the wild lead multifaceted, complex lives. They are intelligent animals who work co-operatively, form close relationships, communicate using distinct dialects and swim up to 100 miles every day.
Belugas thrive in the wideopen ocean. They are extremely social animals who play, chase each other and interact in extended pods. Belugas have been called “sea canaries” because they speak and seem to sing to each other.
At Marineland, belugas and a lone orca named Kisha exist in small, monotonous tanks. They cannot swim long distances, court and mate in autonomy, or engage in other activities that give their lives meaning. They are reduced to cartoonish props that diminishes everything they are.
People who really care about dolphins, whales and other marine animals can help keep them in the oceans where they belong by refusing to patronize aquariums and marine theme parks. It’s that simple.
Jennifer O’Connor Fort Erie, Ont.