If scientists are willing to concede that the captive orca named Wikie was mimicking the words “hello” and “Amy”, then surely they would be equally interested in vocalizations that sound an awful lot like orca crying.
The individual in the video below has just been separated from his pod in the killing cove of Taiji. He is being captured for a lifetime in captivity.
This video is from a captive facility, likely similar to the one that Wikie finds himself interred in.
Of course, the implications of orca crying in captivity would throw a wrench into the often well-funded studies conducted in concrete tanks, at the expense of the orcas and whales who will never get to decide whether or not they’d like to participate in these studies.
Sonar advocates for collaborative studies in the wild, on the cetacean’s terms. This is the only ethically sound way to approach individuals of other species. It is also the only way to truly understand who they are.