Posted Monday, May 20, 2002 4:47 AM | Contributed by wkyc.com
An amusement park has won federal approval to import a formerly beached killer whale activists said should have been returned to the wild. The National Marine Fisheries Service issued the permit Thursday for the whale and another orca. Six Flags Worlds of Adventure plans to have them at the park by the end of the summer. Six Flags applied for the permit last October to import the whales for the former Sea World park it purchased last year. Sea World's three popular orcas were not part of the sale.
Read more from WKYC/Cleveland.
Congradulations to SFWoA and all the others!
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I'm a bit more skeptical. Maybe I'm a little too close to biologists (i.e., married to one), but the condition of some habitats and their track record thus far aren't the best. I guess we'll see what happens.
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"An amusement park has won federal approval to import a formerly beached killer whale activists said should have been returned to the wild."
So what side wins? The money, of course.
I'm really happy that this went through. It's great for SFWoA...and it's no different for the whales. Captivity, or captivity...no difference. There is obviously no chance it'll be released back in the wild.
Also the story about it being purpousely capture, it's just that...a story. Without evidence it's just a situation with two sides to the story, and there's nothing they can do about that.
Thirdly, Jeff, I doubt you should have any concerns. They clearly state in the article that they met the approval to be able to house these animals...if they thought that they would not be taken care of properly, they would not have been granted the permit. As for future care we will see, from my own experiences the animals seem very healthy, the tanks are clean, and the employees are very knowledgeable.
I honestly don't see a difference in the animals care from when Busch had to park, and now. It all seems the same to me if not better.
Congratulations SFWoA. Now hopefully we get the hyper, or 4-D...whichever that's supposed to be, and King Cobra...we'll be set.;)
This is cool since I wrote a letter like it said to do on the Six Flags website. . .
Additionally, I saw on the refreshinglook message board something about Six Flags Worlds of Adventure getting King Cobra from Paramount's Kings Island and placing it near the walkway. Is there any truth to that?
Also, any update on the hyper coaster?
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