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Halifax (Nova Scotia), Dec 7 (Canadian-Media): Two prospective sites in rural Nova Scotia for an ocean retirement home for, beluga whales raised in captivity, have been selected by U.S.-based conservation group after their long search for three years, media reports said.
“We are focusing on Nova Scotia for the site for (our) first sanctuary for captive beluga whales,” said Lori Marino, president Whale Sanctuary Project, non-profit group. “There are a couple of sites in Nova Scotia that we have our eye on.”
It was confirmed by the Whale Sanctuary Project Friday that is negotiating with the residents and government officials in the Sheet Harbour and Sherbrooke areas along the province’s rugged and sparsely populated Eastern Shore.
The submission of the final proposal to the regulators or local residents would only be done, after more research and securing community support.
“This is not something you can come in ... and impose on a community,” she said in an interview. “That’s why it’s taken a little bit longer than we anticipated.”
Whales raised in captivity can’t be released into the wild because they don’t have the skills to fend for themselves, said Marine biologist Hal Whitehead, a professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax.