East China Sea Oil Spill and Vancouver Aquarium Won’t Keep Cetaceans Anymore

East China Sea Oil Spill Vancouver Aquarium Ends Cetacean Program


Ship Collision Results in Oil Spill in East China Sea: Could Be The Largest In History

Question for you: If a tanker spill oil in the East China Sea and nobody seas the oil, dis it really happen? The ship collision in the East China Sea could be worse if the oil that remains in the tanker that sank could make it the largest oil spill in history. I find this incident is not really getting a lot of global press similar to the Exxon Valdez or DeepSea Horizon spills. It could be because the spill happened on the border China and Japan and China is keeping the press under wraps compared to the North American press in the other two spills.

Regardless, the spill is bad for the environment and the impacts will probably go un-noticed because it happened away from shore and dispersants will be used to hide any oil in the Ocean…we all know how bad dispersants are for the Ocean.

Scientists are not happy with the response time by Japan or China and say that the governments allowed the oil to spread 200 miles before any action was taken. It could be because the area has been a point of contention between China and Japan in the past; therefore, neither country knew how to react.

Unfortunately, this will not be the last oil spill. Oil spills occur all the time; however, they may not happen at this magnitude. It’s the cost of doing business in the oil and gas industry. The only problem is the Ocean pays the consequences while the oil executives reap the rewards.

Vancouver Aquarium Announces The End Of Their Cetacean Captivity

The President and CEO of the Vancouver Aquarium sent an email out to the aquarium’s followers that the aquarium is ending its cetacean captivity program for good. I must let you know that the aquarium did not keep cetaceans captive for entertainment purposes. The Cetaceans were housed at the aquarium because they were rescued and would not survive if they were released back in the wild.

A white-sided dolphin named Helen will be looking for a new home, in captivity, with some other dolphins to which she can interact. The Vancouver Aquarium hopes they will find a facility that will take the 30 year old dolphin that will be appropriate for her.

The Vancouver Park Board voted for the end of the Cetacean program last year after the Aquarium announced it was going to phase out the program in 2029.

The Aquarium stated that it will still run their rescue and rehabilitation program, but will not hold the animals at the aquarium for the long term.

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