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Many people have asked me my opinions on the following things, so I wanted to post it for people to read and reference. Feel free to contact me with questions or comments :)
Many people say that captive whales should not be released because they will die, since they do not know how to “really be an orca” – hunt, dive at such depths, interact with other whales or even be accepted by other whales, and are too dependent on humans for care. Many like to use Keiko as an example of the “why”. However, many do not take certain things into consideration, and many fail to bring up the many positive things that came from his release.
In September 1998, he was moved from Organ to the Westman Islands, where once he arrived began vocalizing with a pilot whale that swam into his cove. The Free Willy Foundation partnered with a group called the Ocean Futures Society. Keiko began to make deeper dives, hunt fish, his posture began to resemble that of an oceanic whale rather than a performing one. In late 1998, Ocean Features hired two former Seaworld trainers as lead consultants on the project. (Robin Friday and Mark Simmons) Robin and Mark continued to give Keiko a lot of human attention when it was not necessary.
In 2002, Robin and Mark left the project, and HSUS took over. They gave him new rules and helped him break away from being dependent on humans. In August 2002, Keiko was offshore swimming with wild whales. He went with the pod east for about 5 weeks until he followed a boat into a Fjord on the coast of Norway. People found out he was there and again, gave him unnecessary human attention, which could wipe out all the work HSUS had been doing with him. Keiko had spent nearly 60 days on his own, no incidents or weight loss, showing that he had in deed had the ability to adapt and survive.
Keiko was found dead in early December 2003, beached in the bay where people so often gave him the attention that he did not need.
Keiko’s release has many people under the impression that captive whales cannot be released into the wild and survive. However, I truly believe that releasing captive orcas in such a way that lets them learn to fend for themselves and not depend on humans, in a way that allows them to cease human interaction entirely, they clearly have the ability to adapt and survive in the open ocean. Keiko taught us that captive whales CAN adapt to open ocean waters. They CAN learn to behave like a “real” orca, and de-habituate from trained behaviors. It is a matter of human connection being broken, giving them enough time to adapt in sea pens, and stopping the ongoing breeding at marine parks that will further captive whales.
There is a number of health issues that orcas face in captivity, that they don’t face in the wild. Orcas in captivity are said to be fed “restaurant quality” fish. Let’s be real here – they are eating dead fish stuffed with vitamins and gelatin. The vitamins and gelatin are needed because they are not getting enough water and hydration from the fish alone since they are not alive.
Killer whales in captivity are known to exhibit “stereotypical behaviors”, which are abnormal behaviors for a killer whale. The behaviors include things like head lifting, stationary floating, chewing on the concrete or metal bars that separate the pools, etc. Their teeth are in bad condition from this, and most of the whales suffer from dorsal fin collapse, which despite what Seaworld says, is NOT normal. Dorsal fin collapse is happening for many reasons, the first is known as “pattern swimming”. This means that the whales are swimming in a circular pattern so much that the weight of the water is pushing against their dorsal fin. Because their dorsal fins are made up of cartilage, and because of how shallow waters they are swimming in creating a great pull from gravity, their fins flop over. This isn’t okay, and it isn’t something seen in the wild. Many of their females are being forced to give birth at a considerably younger age than normal, and having babies at a considerably higher rate than normal. This, and because they themselves have probably been separated from their own mothers and not taught how to be a real orca, can lead to mothers rejecting their calf after they give birth. Seaworld then says that it is in the calf’s “best interest” to be moved”. This of course starts the cycle all over again, and the whales are not able to learn from their families.
Their need for social contact is very important to their health, and putting many whales together that do not know each other can lead to aggression from whale to whale. Whales have been seen to ram each other(causing death of themselves or the other whale), bite each other, and with no room for escape. Some orcas have even been known to run into a wall until death, committing suicide.
Injuries: Injuries happen when whales are aggressive to each other, and when they are aggressive to their trainers. This is pretty self-explanatory, but the point of the matter is how much worse it is in captivity. In the wild, whale on whale aggression is rare, and even so, there is plenty of space to escape conflict unlike in captive environments. In the wild, there has been no aggression towards humans.
Breeding: Killer whales in the wild only give birth every 5 years. In Seaworld, they are forced to give birth more often, which can perhaps cause negative effects on the relationship between mother and calf, disrupt social bonds that are very important, and can be a cause in their aggression levels or moods in general. Most of the whales in captivity are now all bred-in-park-whales. As cool as Seaworld might make that sound, inbreeding whales is not okay, and cross-breeding them is not okay either. Not to mention the way they literally masturbate the males for their sperm to artificially impregnate the females. Gross.
Blackfish “misleading” elements: I have heard many people say how “misleading” certain things are in Blackfish, so I wanted to touch on all of the things I have heard that people think are untrue:
- Samantha Berg talking about her experience riding the whale, and showing another trainer riding the whale. Sure – some could people interpret the video as Sam, but going and looking at that video, you can clearly tell that it is not her. Blackfish does not shy away from the fact they are different people. They simply used that footage to give the audience a visual example of what she was saying her experience was – that was not even being talked about in a negative way! That entire video of Behind the Scenes with Believe or whatever can be easily found on youtube. No one “took anything” from that trainer showed. Get over it. It did not affect the message of the film, and it in no way was misleading unless you cannot tell people apart and don’t care to go look things up. If you DID think that was Sam riding the whale, and then found out it wasn’t, does that REALLY change the way you feel about Seaworld, or the Blackfish message? No. It damn well shouldn’t.
- The time frame of the events talked about happening “forever ago”, and not having up-to-date information on how Seaworld operates today: The trainer’s experiences are VALID, even though they happened a long time ago. Whale capture happened a long time ago, and it was necessary to show because for some marine parks – that is STILL what they do. Even for Seaworld – they often get their whales from other marine parks that captured the whale from the wild. Basically just having other people do their dirty work for them. Seaworld today still has Tilikum, still has trainer injuries, and still obviously breeds their whales and is a place that supports captivity. Those things are bad. Those things are current. THAT was the point of the message of the film.
- Trainers that are saying they “don’t recognize that world portrayed”: Of course you don’t. You were brainwashed into believing it was all okay and everything you were saying was true.
- “Seaworld trainers love the whales and have great relationships with them”: First, I don’t even know how that is misrepresented in Blackfish? And no one is saying they don’t have great relationships with them…. But the problem is the fact that they are continuing to work there and allow captivity to be taking place, and partaking in the continuing of captivity.
Why Seaworld, and other marine parks are bad:
Seaworld is bad because captivity is bad. Simple as that. Seaworld is also bad because of how un-educational they are, when they pride themselves on giving the public so much education and making it a reason on why captivity is okay. The shows that the animals perform do not give ANY information to the public about killer whales, about rehabilitation efforts that can be done, or what current issues are at hand in the wild.
Seaworld employees give information to their guests that is false, and it goes beyond me as to how they see that as acceptable. Dorsal fin collapse is not normal, they tell their guests it is. Captivity does not promote longer lifespans, but Seaworld says that it does.
Seaworld’s affiliation with other marine parks such as Loro Parque in Spain is very evident, and yet they say they have no affiliation with them since one of the whales there killed a trainer.
The Miami Seaquarium’s tank for their only killer whale, Lolita, does not even meet the regulations set by the Animal Welfare Act. Her tank is too small, she has no room for shade, and since Lolita was captured from the wild and not bred in the facility, it is especially important for her to have areas outside of the heat.
The whale, Morgan, who was captured from the wild for “rehabilitation purposes”, was cleared to be set free back into the wild, but somehow is now a performing whale for the Loro Parque Park.
Lots of lies, blame, and an unwillingness to realize the detriments of their whales.
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