It’s the second anniversary of Morgans capture today.
“How long a whale lasts in captivity depends on the animals age at capture and his personality - also on the trainer. You have to be able to challenge them, to know how their minds work. The mark of a good trainer - to too many aquarium owners - is how many tricks you can train them to do in two months. That’s not the point. It’s how long you can maintain the whales sanity….
But you take juvenile orcas: they’re really pretty eager for at least a year, after that, if you can keep them interested…But it’s difficult because the novelty wears off. - But they’re curious enough and interested enough that they wont be driven neurotic in a year. Based on the whales I worked with at Sealand and at the Vancouver Aquarium and the ones I’ve observed in the Californian Aquariums, They all start to get a little bit nutty after two years.” - Graeme Ellis.