Posted by: The ocean update | August 2, 2015

Chester the false killer whale at Vancouver Aquarium is self-harming, says marine biologist (BC, Canada)

False killer whale Chester was rescued off the coast of Tofino, B.C. and is now residing at the Vancouver Aquarium. (Meighan Makarchuk/Vancouver Aquarium)

False killer whale Chester was rescued off the coast of Tofino, B.C. and is now residing at the Vancouver Aquarium. (Meighan Makarchuk/Vancouver Aquarium)

August 2nd, 2015. A visiting marine biologist says a false killer whale in the care of the Vancouver Aquarium is harming itself.

Chester the false killer whale was rescued near Tofino, B.C. and was deemed non-releasable after being treated at the Vancouver Aquarium, where he now resides permanently. 

Ingrid Visser, a marine biologist from New Zealand, visited Chester on Thursday and said she saw signs of self-harm.

“Chester has some self mutilation on him,” said Visser. “You can see it on his jaw and open wounds. Looks like he’s been doing it for a while.”

“This is the sort of thing you see in all captive whales and dolphins and they just shouldn’t be kept in concrete tanks.”

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