As so many misleading things are being put forward by both SeaWorld and their supporters, I thought it wise to correct those issues as they come along, this one being "pro conservation."
If SeaWorld were pro conservation then they would never have created the hybrid's they have in their orca tanks.
These prove beyond any shadow of doubt that conservation is the bottom of the list and the shows and keeping people coming through the gate is at the top, otherwise why create a breeding program which has no conservation value whatsoever. Those hybrids can never go back to the open ocean to preserve the wild populations as they have no equivalent in the wild and that is not what a breeding program is supposed to be all about.
Katina -wild caught Icelandic Tilikum -wild caught Icelandic Kayla -HYBRID - mother Keanu (Icelandic W) Father Orky 2 (A5 Northern Resident)
Trua - Icelandic - mother Takara (Icelandic C) Father Taku (Katina, W Tilikum both Icelandic W)
Nalani - INBRED Icelandic mother Katina (Icelandic ) Father Taku - (Katina, Tilikum both Icelandic)