There’s just…so much here I don’t know where to start.
I don’t know if this person is referring to one SeaWorld park or all (I’m assuming it’s just one), but the numbers of wild caught orcas vs. captive borns is skewed.
- two wild
- five captive born.
- three wild
- seven captive born.
- six captive born.
But I could be wrong. And perhaps I might be a little bit picky about those numbers.
Well, what’s next?
So, sea pens are bad for orcas, because life in a tank is so PERFECT! It’s like the moment you put a captive orca into a seapen it’ll instantly die. Though I am not into just throwing former captive whales into the ocean and hoping for the best. But the current tank sizes… just, no.
Speaking of which, this person gives out tank dimensions, which is somehow supposed to make everyone think that it is more than enough than some nasty ol’ seapen. I mean, the whales can dive to a whopping 36 feet in a SeaWorld tank! Fifteen feet in “the two side pools” as opposed to the depths a wild orca can reach, which is, what, a hundred feet? Two hundred plus, depending on what they’re hunting. For a comparison recreational scuba divers usually max out at 98 feet. Even a free diver gets to dive deeper than poor Shamu.
And swim a hundred and eighty feet in a straight line! That’s totally better than swimming 100 miles or so a day.
But I guess at SeaWorld the orcas has no use for deep diving or long range swimming as they are fed dead fish from a steel bucket and spend most of their time on the surface. Deep pools, who needs ‘em? Not SeaWorld orcas, that’s for sure.
Not to mention the sheer number of orcas they cram into these tanks, which results in less space for them to move around in. SeaWorld solves that problem by sending the excess whales to other parks, destroying the mother-calf bond in the process. I think it’s their twisted way of showing how much they care, getting rid of surplus animals to make room for the others. How considerate of them.
And let’s not forget that captive animals apparently have it so much better than those in the wild, because of all the man-made problems they face.
They’d been surviving well enough until we came along with our pollution, over-fishing, hunting and general fucking up of the planet, and we show we care by destroying tight-knit family groups in the name of conservation and education.
And SeaWorld hasn’t captured an orca since 1975? That’s only for those in the Pacific Northwest. What about the Icelandic captures? Did you forget about those as well?
A “fancy resort for whales.” Well, gee I guess you may be right. So, when is the holiday over for them and when can they go home?
Oh, right, they can’t. It’s not a “fancy resort” but a prison. I don’t think I like to spend the rest of my life in a hotel room being unable to leave it, eating room service food all the time and having to share the space with half a dozen other people. I’d get fucking bored.
regardless of how many they breed or how well taken care of they are these animals should be in the wild. l great greatly appreciate that they nurse them back to health BUT i do not agree with making money off these animals. these animals should be free.