It seems counterintuitive that as a society we promote bringing children to aquariums to teach them about different animals and how they live, but what we don’t tell them is how poorly they are being treated in these tiny tanks. Even our schools make field trips to aquariums to promote an educational experience, but there must be other ways we can teach them about the wildlife instead of watching the animals being kept in captivity. A specific example would be the whale. At these aquariums you watch a whale do some tricks while a worker tells you about some fun facts of its species. But what they don’t tell you is that these whales are not supposed to be kept in a small pool to perform the same routine multiple times a day for the rest of their lives. They are supposed to be out in the ocean living a life and creating families of their own. We need to stop promoting trips to the aquariums as an educational experience or as a family fun event. There are other ways to learn about animal life and watching them suffer should not be one of them.
In this article, Former SeaWorld trainer John Hargrove talks about the dangers of being a trainer and keeping these whales captive. He talks about how dangerous being a trainer us because these are KILLER whales they are dealing with and they could snap at any moment. There have been many deaths from these whales, yet they still continue to perform and put on these shows as entertainment. He also mentioned the effects being in captivity has on these whales such as the psychological and physical trauma. These whales are supposed to be out living in the wild not being exploited and forced to perform tricks to make an audience happy. He then goes on to talk about how SeaWorld needs to stop it’s breeding program because than there will always be whales in captivity. They need to be placed in a sea sanctuary that is closely related to living in the ocean where they do not need to perform for audiences they can just live the rest of their lives there happily.
This article is about former SeaWorld diver Sarah Fischbeck’s experience of the animal cruelty that went on. She talks about the experiences and trauma that not only the whales went through, but other animals such as dolphins and penguins. These animals took out their anger on each other and would fight constantly harming each other and ripping off skin. Sometimes they would even throw each other over the walls or really injure each other and sometimes the trainers and divers to relieve stress. Some animals refused food or even killed their own babies to save them from the cruel world of being captive. She talked about how the pool for the orcas is now even smaller to try and prevent another death and at least one whale can’t even go from nose to tail since it is only fifteen feet deep now. The whales were very aggresive towards the divers running into the gates and trying to attack them so they knew not to get within arms reach to the gate. The sad part is that they were never even told what to do or given any training if a whale got into the same pool as them which is very dangerous. She revealed some very dark and descriptive details an events that she has witnessed herself even though SeaWorld denies it all in order to keep business going.
This article talks about how SeaWorld claims that the whales bent dorsal fin is due to genetics and how it is just a natural thing to occur. They are lying to the public to try and cover up for their actions. This deformity in their fin is due to their confinement and studies show the difference between a wild orcas injured fin and a collapsed fin on an orca because of captivity and they look nothing alike. SeaWorld tricks people into thinking that this dorsal fin collapse is normal and that it is very common among whales, which it is not. It is most commonly seen in whales that are kept in captivity and rarely seen on wile orcas. If people know the truth then they will be less likely to buy a ticket that is why they made this lie up to make it seem like being in captivity is good for them.
This article talks about how places like SeaWorld have no educational value to children and they don’t learn anything valuable by going, they are just told false information. Schools usually take their students to an aquarium to be an educational experience and to learn about the marine life. But they are really just learning that whales are supposed to be living in these small pools because that is what they see when they go to these aquariums. They do not learn about their real habitats and most of them don’t even know what kind of whale they are watching, they just know it is “Shamu from SeaWorld”. Taking these children here is promoting cruelty, dishonesty, and hypocrisy. Studies prove that kids learn no new facts by attending aquariums and get no valuable lessons out of it so they should stop making it an educational field trip for them overall.
This article mentions SeaWorld San Diego’s last show, which is a big step towards finally freeing the orcas, but what people don’t realize is that San Diego is the only park doing this as of now. Also they are not completely ending the show they are creating a new show to try and focus on the natural behaviors of the whales. But this is not a change for the whales since they will still be kept in captivity and they will still have to perform commands that will have the audience think they are natural, but they are really being forced to do them.