Thanks to “Blackfish,” SeaWorld enslaving orcas for financial gain has been thrust into the long-overdue spotlight.
Recently, I made the trip to San Diego and witnessed firsthand the emotional and physical toll captivity is taking on these beautiful creatures. They floated lifelessly in the underwater viewing tank. One of the whales seemed to have a patch covered in white paint, hiding the injury she sustained last year in which SeaWorld provided (what I find to be) a sketchy and implausible explanation. During the live performance, the whales clearly disobeyed their trainers’ commands on numerous occasions; meanwhile, the orcas kept in the back tank forced their way through the barrier gate into the performance pool.
I overheard a trainer say the whales are free to come and go as they please. Then why have barrier gates? There have been several reports of orcas sustaining injuries due to these gates, including one whose head was crushed and died as a result. We need to be reminded that orcas are equally, if not more, developed socially and emotionally than their human counterparts.
Let’s all take action against the imprisonment of orcas and boycott Sea-World. We can make this world a better place.