SeaWorld San Diego has taken delivery of a 10-year-old captive male pilot whale from a marine park in Japan.
The pilot whale, known as Argo, arrived at SeaWorld San Diego after a 9-hour flight from Japan. Described as ‘unreleasable’ after repeatedly beaching near Kamogawa in Japan in 2004, he will now be housed with three other captive pilot whales, two of whom have been trained to regularly perform tricks for live audiences.
As SeaWorld San Diego notes on its own website, in the wild pilot whales live in pods of up to 90 animals and dive to depths of 1,000 feet in search of prey. WDCS strongly believes captivity is wrong. Argo is now confined to life in a shallow, barren, concrete tank and a world away from the highly social pod he left in the wild.
Source: U-T San Diego