The captive whale and dolphins program at Vancouver Aquarium is coming to an end, as officials say strong debate of the issue is hurting their conservation efforts.
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CEO John Nightingale says heated arguments against the program involving lawyers and politicians have challenged their mission.
The facility is prevented from bringing in any new whales and dolphins after a spring vote by the Vancouver Park Board following ethics concerns about keeping animals in captivity.
A Pacific white-sided dolphin named Helen is the lone cetacean remaining at the aquarium and her future is not known.
Since the park board decision, two other cetaceans died, including Chester, a false killer whale found on Chesterman’s Beach near Tofino in July 2014.
Nightingale says the only options are to transport Helen to another facility or bring in a companion animal.
He added the first of those choices could pose a health risk and the other goes against the park board rule.
With files from CBC.