Why SeaWorld is Bad
Killer Whales are large, majestic creatures, with lifespans in the wild ranging anywhere from 50-80 years old. They swim in pods, much like families live in homes together. Although these pods are much larger than average family homes, and typically consist of whales from different families, they look out for each other. They hunt together. There amazing creatures eat other sea creatures, as well as other things. But, one thing some people might not have realized, killer whales live in the wild. Surprise? They do not live in small concrete cages, where they are forced to perform tricks for other peoples’ entertainment. The whales that you see at SeaWorld, as well as the Miami Seaquarium were torn away from their mothers, their fathers, and their family. They were captured in nets, afraid and alone, with odd humans running around them yelling orders. Their families were helpless. Their best was not enough. Some whales that are in captivity were caught at very young ages, such as Corky, a female captured at only three years old. She is held captive at SeaWorld (California), where she has had seven forced, unsuccessful pregnancies. Corky is now 46 years old. Also another young catch was Katina, also known as Kandu 6, who was only two years old when she was captured. Lolita, perhaps one of the most commonly known killer whales in captivity, has been held at the Miami Seaquarium for 46 years. Other killer whales are also held in Japan, France, Canada, and Spain.
If you have ever seen an aerial photo of any of the amusement parks listed above, then you know how tiny these concrete containers are. At first you may think “oh, that’s a fine size for the whales.” But then, you put the pieces together, picturing the ocean. The ocean is practically endless! These whales are used to swimming on and on, without having to worry about bumping any part of their body at any point of their swimming adventure.
The story of Dawn Brancheau erupted all over the internet in 2010, when Tilikum, a whale kept in captivity at SeaWorld California, dragged a SeaWorld professional trainer underwater, killing this 40-year-old employee. Tilikum’s story is a perfect example of why SeaWorld, Miami Seaquarium, and other parks around the globe should release these majestic creatures back into the wild where they belong. The whales are not meant to be trained, so when they are pushed for hours atop of hours a day to jump and spin and splash, they lose it. The poor creatures get stressed and worried; growing tired and bored of doing the same thing every day. They literally begin to lose their mind. Footage has been shown of whales in captivity repetitively banging their head on the side of the enclosure in-between shows. Most of the whales you see in shows came from the wild, where they were free to roam and play, without any worries of humans standing on them or riding them continuously, day after day.
When the documentary revealing all of the horrible secrets behind SeaWorld came out, it was either strongly loved or strongly criticized. SeaWorld had a spot on their website where they deny all of the facts shown on the documentary, Blackfish. SeaWorld claims that million dollars’ worth of care is spent on their killer whales alone every year, but it is obviously not going to the right places. (See above picture.) They also say that new renovations will begin in San Diego next year, expanding the killer whales’ swimming area. Even with major renovations, SeaWorld will never be able to match up to the size of the ocean, and there will still be glass walls, where injuries occur quite often from Killer whales. You can put up as many signs as you want saying “do not touch or tap on glass” or “no yelling, please,” But you will not get many children, (or adults) to listen. In the wild, Killer Whales are not going to have to listen to crying babies, loud knocks on their enclosure, or “Introducing, Shamuuuu!” over the loud speakers. So let’s just put the whales back where they belong, in the wild, and keep the world a safe, happy place for everyone.
To help support the fight and end the abuse, please do not go to any places that hold Killer Whales, Dolphins, Sharks, or any other animal that is not rescued (i.e. Rescue shelters, Marine Emergency shelters, etc…)
P.S. Don’t be fooled! SeaWorld claims that they are cruelty-free, but animals need to stay in the wild, unless they are SEVERLY injured, then rescued by a professional company. Even then, they should go back into the wild!!