"As we were standing on the jetway above all the orca tanks, my son, who I think is clearly going to be in a similar state of awe as me says, 'Where do they go at night?' I replied oh so eloquently, 'Huh? What do you mean at night?' He turned back to the tanks to study the perimeters again and said very carefully, 'It's just so small. They can't stay just here all day and all night.' This was the first time I can honestly say I knew where the expression a 'cold chill' comes from, because one went right down the back of my neck. He was right."
Combs said that as she looked around with "newly widened eyes," she realized there were too many orcas in too small a tank, and that they seemed to be playing with "weird plastic floats" to keep occupied, or, as she puts it, "to not go insane from pure boredom."
"Nowhere to go, nothing to do, and, from the looks of it, nothing good on the menu. Standing there with the weight of all I knew about the ocean, I realized these multiple tanks were not big enough for even one single orca," she said. "I was so ashamed."