Authors Note, this post does contain graphic images, which some readers may find disturbing.
I’ve never been one for politics, nor would I consider myself an activist. On this rare occasion, I’ve unsheathed my sword.
The notion of SeaWorld has never been enticing. Having lived in Florida for almost 4 years, I have never set foot there.
Spectators crowd Shamu Stadium bleachers to watch these animals perform tasks they were bullied into learning.
I’m embarrassed on behalf of people who argue these ‘behaviours’ are natural. I am, however, willing to concede if shown footage of an Orca breaching the Ocean with a human launching themselves from the whale’s rostrum.
There is a clear neglect here. Competing dominate Orcas are often placed in small tanks together causing clashes which can result in horrific injuries. Not a surprise, considering this is Earth’s alpha predator.
WARNING – the following picture may disturb some.
On occasion the blatant disregard for animal welfare occurs in the public forum -
WARNING – This video features a dolphin in distress.
It’s heartbreaking to view. It is not impossible to stop.
Only a small percentage of the population has raised red flags. Millions of people cross the turnstiles of SeaWorld parks in America. By doing so, they’ve all aiding and endorsed this inhumane treatment.
Maybe that is why I’ve never been. I’ll just wait to see them in the wild, where they belong.
My sword is just being sharpened. I will try, as best I can, to raise awareness of this issues. The odds are heavily in favour of SeaWorld. I’ll still put my money on the long-shots.
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I’ll make this clear: This is not a plea to free captive marine animals. It’s possible that remaining in captivity is in the best interest of these Orcas – assuming, of course, a massive shift in animal care standards. The unfortunate truth is marine parks have made these animals dependent on hand-outs. Humans have caused these animals to be so distant from their natural behaviour that they are unlikely to recover.
Probably the most famous captive release was Keiko. You know him as this guy -
Keiko’s release took almost a year, and the monitoring of Keiko in his new home in Norway continued 15 months, until his death. The cost: A staggering $20 Million dollars. It would simply cost too much money and take too much time for a mission with such a high risk of failure.
The capturing of new animals, and the breeding of captive whales and dolphins should cease. Immediately. It is the only way to ensure that parks like SeaWorld will no longer thrive, and eventually close their gates forever.
For us, it means we’ll have chance to greet these animals in the wild. I can imagine it to be a far more spectacular sight then the pool to which these creatures have been condemned.
Little Bites – Beignets, Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort
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