Time was, whales used not to be in such scarcity; however human harpoons and nets did their job. Humankind had better start taking the problem of whales being kept in captivity seriously, or else the situation will come to the point where the absence of whales, a unique link in the ecological chain, may cause the whole fragile balance to get ruined with all repercussions that it implies up to the Earth natural, but premature demise. It should be borne in mind that human beings are a unique part of the ecological balance, as are whales that help food chain as well as its proper distribution keep marine ecosystem well-balanced, otherwise disproportionate food distribution damages other marine species. The opinion of biologists even has them eject certain substances that reduce the amount of carbon gases that are responsible for the greenhouse effect. Further procrastination in whales’ issue that implies their being held in captivity as well as extermination may result in complete extinction.
Being all about getting solid revenue out of whales being put on public display in amusement, theme parks or aquariums, stout businessmen decide on bargaining with their conscience for the sake of enrichment. They spend quite a fortune on purchasing, delivering, and maintaining animals, so they expect dividends to come, which is achievable through the exploitation of marine mammals. There is arguably no better way to attract spectators to theme marks than by bringing rare and precious species that will, however, not last long under such conditions. The problem is that whales receive psychological as well as physical harm before being brought to parks and zoos since it takes time for sailors to chase them down and lure into fishing tackles. Some of the animals get enmeshed in nets never to find a way out, perishing as a result after not receiving enough oxygen for them to live. Harpoons that may be used against some refractory animal individuals pose tremendous threat to their wellbeing up to inflicting mortal wounds or letting water in trough dissected skin, causing serious health complications that may be lethal. Unwanted or heavily wounded whales may be discarded. More than that, most female whales are likely to lose offspring when chased. When taken away from their natural habitat whales lose family connections that may bring them on the brink of emotional crisis and even death, their breeding in captivity may also be at risk, to say nothing of life expectancy that is sure to decrease critically. Chances of whales’ progeny surviving at the early stages of their lives are far lesser than they would be in nature.
Keeping whales in captivity, in cramped pools, may render them crazed inasmuch as certain species of whales produce ultrasound for communication purposes that reverberates throughout the pool and redounds upon them after contacting with the walls of water reservoir. Driven to insanity whales tend to attack their trainers by pulling them under water. Insanity attributed to captivity, unbearable housing conditions, and constant noise produced by applauding and whistling audience as well as special effects has claimed scores of human victims thought the world, including those deciding to stay in amusement parks after closing time. Apart from having to live under cramped conditions, dolphins that are a subdivision of whales are forced into performing on more than just regular basis for them to prove economically rational. Being highly intelligent mammal species of nature, whales are prone to psychological deviations, immunity reduction as well as subsequent deceases.
Another reason for dolphins, such as killer whales to go insane is the impossibility of travelling long distances they are used to, when in their natural habitat. Pools just do not provide enough living as well as travelling space. What is more, water pools contain zero marine fauna and flora that are characteristic of whales’ natural environment. There is no saying about any hunting instincts being used by dolphins that are fed with dead fish, having nothing to do with their natural diet that implies diversity. Chlorinated water pools are filled with differs a lot from that they used to live in. However, what horrifies ecologists more than housing conditions is inbreeding that is fraught with genetic mutations and overall degeneration. Some hostile species are placed in the same reservoir that literally pits them against each other, adding to mortality statistics. Little is known to us, much less commented by public sources and theme parks administration, not wanting to get spectators alienated. It is not that whales are to blame for a series of tragic incidents; it is human captors who should be.
In spite of what arguments may be advanced against whales’ imprisonment these species are known for healing retarded children, having handicaps or serious health complications, disorders and syndromes. This type of medical approach has emotional state improve significantly. Journalists report hundreds of children to be treated by these unique aquatic creatures in terms of delphinotherapy. However, this will never justify their being kept in captivity. Nor will it airbrush harshness they may be seen treated with. The price will be such that humankind will not be able to pay. In contrast to this opinion some experts do believe that in keeping endangered species out of human reach people will secure their retention and safety, without animals being threatened by smugglers and fish traders. This may sound as a real solution to the problem of extinction since nature is no longer a safe place for whales to live in, considering ecological calamities that transpire on a yearly basis, such as oil spilt from tankers or released toxic chemical substances as well as other types of waste that would be too expensive to recycle, not to mention floating rigs.
Whales have already become the Red Book inductees as extinct species that are on the verge of becoming biological history. Serious retention measures are being taken throughout the world by international organizations, most notably the WWF, or World Wildlife Fund and the Greenpeace, to reverse the situation, with conventions, regulations, and statutes being issued as well as fines being imposed on fishers that will not stop hunting, whatever the penalty. Far from being hardly effective, some of the documents mentioned are disregarded by local governments. Public activists are campaigning against illegal fishing-outs by taking to the streets in demonstrations in front of amusement and other public recreation centers, staging walkouts, subscribing to petitions, which demand that captivity should be banned for good. Public opinion is firmly behind whales’ activists that advocate animals’ rights to live in wild nature. Public quizzes are indicative of this tendency, with the majority of the quizzed expressing against animals imprisonment.
Overall, there are a number of reasons why whales being kept in captivity is quite an issue these days. Taking these species away from their natural habitat has certain ecological repercussions up to threatening to unhinge ecological balance and depauperate biodiversity. While in captivity, whales suffer from maltreatment, inbreeding, wrong social pairing, exploitation, cramped housing conditions and other things. Some species even do not make it to the destinations of their housing, perishing in fishing tackles or during transportation. World’s most authoritative nature retention institutions are waging an all-out war against wildlife abusers; however what they do does not seem to be enough to remedy the problem. All people have left to do for now is protect wildlife nature, or else they have every chance to earn their place in the Red Book of Endangered Species one day.