I’m going to a whale watching tour at Monterey later on this week. This got me thinking about the state of these giant mammals in captivity. Over the past few years (as noted by other zoochatters) whales and dolphins have been slowly being taken out of captivity in the US and Canada due to varying reasons (Public outcry being the number one reason). I first thought about making a thread about the possibility of baleen whales being in captivity in the future but then I thought this topic is more interesting to hear different opinions. I believe this has been talked about in the past but as it is currently 2018 and many facilities have lost their whales over almost two decades (Point defiance, Vancouver, Oklahoma City,) and a few facilities plan on not housing whales or dolphins anymore (Mystic, Baltimore). So what does everyone think? I personally believe that cetaceans should be kept in captivity but the facilities that keep these mammals should be top notch and offer the best for these animals. They’ll help educate everyone about their wild cousins and what we need to do to save them.