About 24 killer whales are being put up for sale by the owner of the Seattle marine Aquarium.
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Background: About 24 killer whales are being put up for sale by the owner of the Seattle marine Aquarium. But a major controversy of building up between the owner and marine conservationists.
The whales were caught in the great whale-roundup at Pencove in Puget Sound off the State of Washington. The roundup began at the weekend (August 8-9) after a herd of killer whales was stopped from the air.
The Seattle Marine Aquarium -- a private firm -- used nets to corral about two dozen of the mammals and to herd them into pens. Now, says the aquarium owner, they are for sale.
Marine conservationists are angry because a bill to protect marine life was defeated last year in the Washington Legislature. The Director of the Pacific Science Museum accused the aquarium owner of advertising a one thousand dollar (40 pounds sterling) reward to fishermen for each whale captured.
The owner of the aquarium is now selling them for 15,000 dollars each (6,000 pound sterling). The conservationists say there are no Federal or State laws which can halt the rounding up of these whales.