How SeaWorld Continues to Destroy Orcas
Captive orca’s have been known to have more psychological, mental, and physical issues than compared to wild orcas, and despite that Seaworld still chooses to keep orcas captive. Seaworld claims that orcas are keeping orcas safe but in reality orcas are actually making the orcas mentally unstable and starving them.
By keeping these orcas locked in the tanks, orcas are isolated which deprives them of using their social skill, orcas are tired of swimming in the same circle every day whereas in the wild they would swim up to 100 miles. Orcas are not as free as orcas would be in the wild, orcas are detained in a swimming pool.
Orcas are one of the top predators in the sea, but yet orcas are kept locked up in tanks requiring to do tricks for human entertainment.
“The show was nice, however, I couldn’t help but to think about what they had to do to the animals to get them to obey commands and stuff like that,” recent Seaworld visitor Bianca said.
What trainers do to make the orcas “perform” those tricks are using methods as starvation to ensure they will learn. While orcas are practicing prior to the show, if the orca does not comply with the trainer and does not do that trick, then the orca will not get any food as positive reinforcement. If the orca does any trick after the little rebellion, then during the next few exercises orcas still will not get food. Orcas are left to starve that day, as stated in the documentary, Blackfish.
When Tilikum, a famous orca known for murdering three of his trainers, was training for a show, he refused to some of the acts. When he finally did some acts, he came to his trainer with his mouth opened waiting for food.
Having to entertain people all day, the orcas get bored which leads them to have psychological issues such as being aggravate or frustrated, and orcas are fed dead fish as reinforcement, but if orcas are not doing what trainers say, orcas starve.
“If you were in a bathtub for 25 years, don’t you think you’d get a little irritated, aggravated, maybe a little psychotic?” said Jane Velez-Mitchell, to the New York Times.
“There’s another good reason to keep orcas on display: They’re “education ambassadors” that encourage “people to think more about the environment and what they can do to help preserve and protect it,” said Seaworld’s Robeck in an interview to Tasmeen Raja, journalist of the Mother Jones magazine.
Orcas are kept in tanks, not well built tanks, so every night they are forced to hear the sounds of thunder and fireworks, which damages their ear drums while also being forced to swim in continuous circles day and night, which bores them because orcas are usually accustomed to swimming for at least 100 miles a day. These are just a few of many countless examples of how being kept captive is destroying their health.
These orcas at SeaWorld go through so much, in their less that usual average life span, such as being forced to breed, kept in isolation, and having their calves getting taken away from them. Lolita, known as the loneliest orca, has not seen another orca in thirty-six years!
Corky, known as the saddest orca in the world, has been kidnapped at age three, and has been locked up for over a half century and has even been attacked by other orcas, similar to Tilikum’s story. The reason that these orcas attack each other or bully each other is because orcas are like humans, you can not put two complete opposite people together and expect them to work everything out fine without having a few issues. Orcas do not do well when they are put in different pods, as shown by these orcas now.
Takara, a depressed mother, having continued to be breed and having her children sent to other SeaWorld parks around the world.
These are just a few stories of the fifty-five orcas that are currently trapped in SeaWorld.