Originally Posted by scott free
I'm sure its easier to study certain things in a controlled setting like that, obviously you wont be able to get natural/wild habitat behavior or biology data in places like that.
But i'm sure there are basic understandings that can be gleaned in a controlled environment... i'm totally against having 100's of them scattered around the world in amusement parks, but keeping a few for study seems like the smart thing to do imo.
Maybe you're right. I don't mean to turn this into a scientific debate thread because I honestly just don't know, but what do we have to learn from these things? There has never been a recorded orca attack in the wild so it's not like we're trying to save human lives by determining their behavior or something like that. As far as I'm aware, their biological makeup isn't closer to humans than rats so once again, we're not learning anything there.
I just don't see what
we need to study, I guess.