Over the last month, there has been a flurry of movement between marine parks in the U.S. as several captive-held belugas have been shifted among facilities. This appears to be an attempt to mix up males and females and advance captive breeding efforts, after a 2015 court decision denied the Georgia Aquarium and other parks permission to import 18 wild-caught belugas from Russia.
The recent moves involved a shuffle of individuals between facilities including the Georgia Aquarium, SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, and the Shedd Aquarium. The Georgia Aquarium has lost several calves in recent years, including a miscarriage in 2017, the deaths of two newborns in 2012 and 2015, and their mother, Maris. SeaWorld’s parks have also been unsuccessful in keeping young belugas alive.
While U.S. facilities are moving individuals around, the fate of more than 50 belugas held at Marineland Canada remains uncertain after the death of the
Original Title: Multiple belugas moved in US marine parks
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