Subject: Re: MARINE CAPTIVITY QUESTION

Daniel K. Odell (odell@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu)
Fri, 31 Jan 1997 23:04:32 -0500 (EST)

Dear Ms. Harju:

Newspaper and magazine articles and various pamphlets are probably the
last place you will find factual information on marine mammals in
captivity. Most of what you find is unsubstantiated opinion.  There are,
of course, exceptions.

For a start, you should review those components of the Marine Mammal
Protection Act of 1972.  This is the federal law that protects all marine
mammals in US waters and specifically allows collection for public display
and research.  You can find the MMPA by going to the National Marine
Fisheries Service, Office of Protected Species home page.  You can find it
listed under 'other useful links' on the Society for Marine Mammalogy's
home page.  http://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~smm/
Other links on the NMFS pages should take you to their annual reports
which list the numbers of animals collected for public display and
research.

Dan Odell
Sea World

 On Thu, 30 Jan 1997, Nancy Harju wrote:

> DEAR DR. ODELL,
>   MY SON (A SOPHOMORE AT APOPKA HIGH SCHOOL) IS DOING A RESEARCH 
> REPORT ON MARINE ANIMALS IN CAPTIVITY.  HE HAS GATHERED VARIOUS 
> MATERIALS INCLUDING NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS, MAGAZINE ARTICLES, ENCLOPEDIA 
> INFO, BOOKS, ETC.  DO YOU HAVE ANY PAMPLETS OR ADDITIONAL 
> RECOMMENDATIONS WHERE TO LOOK FOR INFO THAT WE COULD POSSIBLY SEND 
> FOR?
>     THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT.
> NANCY HARJU
> harjun@ocps.k12.fl.us
> or
> PHTM00B@PRODIGY.COM
>