SEPTEMBER 1996

 

SEPTEMBER 1996 FULL ISSUE

THE TRUTH ABOUT DOLPHINS AND WHALES

By MERRITT CLIFTON

Keiko, the orca star of the 1993 film Free Willy!, was already the costliest, most controversial whale in history long before he splashed into his new surroundings, a $7 million state-of-the art tank at the Oregon Coast Aquarium early this year. Enjoying four times the space he had in his 11 years at the El Reino Aventura amusement park in Mexico City, Keiko increased his activity so much as to double his appetite within his first week of arrival as the biggest package ever flown by Unite I Parcel Service. But the successful relocation only escalated the debate over whether and if Keiko can - or should - actually be freed.

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