Subject: Orcas

Kim Marshall (kim@Whale.Org)
Thu, 20 Feb 1997 16:42:46 -0500 (EST)

From: BarbaraK99@aol.com  - should I have sent it to this address?
Dear Jessica,

Q1: Are captive whales harmed by living alone instead of in a pod?
It is not known for sure if harm is done but we do know that the trainers
and handlers take over the role of a pod and a trust develops between the
whales and the people.  IN some cases whales can become bored and cause
harm to themselves or others.

Q2: What's the success rate of releasing captive whales back into the wild?
There is a very low success rate at this time because the release of
captive animals is relively new and there is now past experiences to
reference.

Q3: When is Keiko expected to be set free?

Keiko's Health. In the year since the orca (killer whale) Keiko moved to
the Oregon Coast Aquarium from Mexico on Jan. 7, 1996, he is reported to
have gained more than 1,000 pounds and overcome both a sensitive stomach
and a skin virus. On Jan. 16, 1997, the Free Willy-Keiko Foundation
announced a collaborative scientific research project with Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institute and the Univ. of California, Santa Cruz, to
establish acoustical, optical, medical, behavioral, and physiological
benchmarks for measuring the recovery of the killer whale, Keiko. [Assoc
Press, Free Willy-Keiko Foundation press release].  There is no date set
for the release of Keiko at this time.

Thank you for your great questions!  Kim Marshall