I literally cried during the #show. #Orcas are #truly #adorable and #fascinating #creatures! #killerwhale #whale #orca #shamu #seaworld #sandiego #california (at Shamu Stadium)
Beautiful mom and calf pair!
enlighten me as to how any of this is in any way beautiful?
You don’t think Kasatka and Makani are beautiful?
They themselves would be beautiful if they were not in such tragic conditions. No, friend, they are not beautiful. they are sad.
This is Makani:
See the injuries there? he’s being raked by the other orcas.
This is Makani’s father. that’s where he lives, day in and day out.
different photo of the same enclosure:
We also know that romantic notion that the babies will be with their mothers forever and always is a lie. SeaWorld routinely takes the babies away from the mothers and sends them to other parks, even out of the country. In the wild, babies will never leave their mothers sides, even into adulthood. SeaWorld lies routinely to its audiences, they have handbooks for the trainers to follow- ones that specifically tell them to evade certain ‘buzzword’ questions, to lie about things such as health questions. No, it is not beautiful. It is sad. It will be sad until Seaworld closes its doors and the orcas are retired to sea pens where they do not have to perform every single day of their lives.
Sea World openly denies the above facts:
We do not separate killer whale moms and calves. - SeaWorld
”On the rare occasion that a mother killer whale cannot care for the calf herself, we have successfully hand raised and reintroduced the calf. Whales are only moved to maintain a healthy social structure.”
it is only a matter of time before Makani is removed, much to his mother and his dismay, sent all over creation, and will likely end in his demise. Orcas live a lot shorter lives in captivity than they do in the wild. They exhibit extreme stress steryoptypes, such as chewing concrete and breaking and grinding their teeth to nothing. They have their teeth drilled into and the pulp removed, they are fed gelatin because they are dehydrated ( the frozen thawed fish they eat does not contain enough drinkable water for them. Like us, orcas do /not/ drink salt water.)
This whale was made to continue performing through the day he was injured, with his chin torn up from a fight during a show.
Captivity is literally killing them. Those who choose to remain ignorant of this fact, who go and enjoy watching these sentient non human persons being forced to jump for fish are supporting the cruelty behind the scenes and right in front of them. This has all been well documented, we have mountains of proof as to why and how orcas do poorly in captivity.
There is not a single fact, sourced document telling us that they do well in captivity. (we have all tried to find such information, but the truth is, it does not exist. )
This orca bled to death for about an hour in front of her baby, after having a fight with another dominant female- something that in the wild would happen next to never, seeing as matriarch pods do not intermix, and dominant females do not have to vy for space with others. Once you go beneath the surface and see the horrors going on, things we’ve documented going on since the beginning of this industry, you will find it much less beautiful and more cruel.
None of the above instances are references to Blackfish, which was the straw that broke the camels back so to speak. this goes beyond and before it. I suggest however that you do watch Blackfish, as well as Lolita: Slave to Entertainment, Whale of a Business, and The Cove.
This is Tekoa, he is utterly covered in scars so thickly overlaying that even visitors to the Loro Parque have begun to notice.
This is what captivity is beneath the lies and the magic and the ‘~love~’ between trainers and whales.
For even more in depth, you may want to get the book Death At SeaWorld. It lays out all the information in an unbiased setting.