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According to Dr. Lori Marino, a beluga behavior specialist with The Kimmela Center, the animal’s behavior is “absolutely definitively aggression.”
“The open mouth and posturing are typical of the way cetaceans express aggression and I’ve seen a lot in captivity in the very same circumstances. This poor animal is telling the kids: ‘Get away’. It’s a threat,”
What many have chosen to see as an example of how captivity allows for a feeling of connectedness with whales, orcas and dolphins, is actually an indication of their suffering.