I couldn't imagine being separated from my mom and put in a cement box so people could pay to gawk and point and laugh at me, but that's what SeaWorld does when it snatches baby orcas and dolphins from their mothers. In the wild, orcas and dolphin families stay together. Just like all families, they have their own routines, they help one another and communicate in their own unique way. So imagine how these smart and sensitive animals must feel when they are torn from their brothers, sisters and cousins and caged alone or with "strangers." The tanks at SeaWorld, which are barely deeper than the length of an orca's body, make it impossible for them to act or feel like themselves. They are meant to swim up to 100 miles everyday and dive up to 1,000 feet! Is it any wonder that so many of SeaWorld's captives become frustrated and enraged? Wouldn't you feel the same way if you were kidnapped, imprisoned in a tiny fishbowl and forced to perform demeaning and unnatural tricks on command?
SeaWorld seems to be operating on the delusion that young people can't see right through the marketing hype. My friends and I care about animals, so we know that what SeaWorld does is wrong. Some of my classmates and I started an animal-rights club to spread the word about Blackfish and other issues. We know that every single performing orca at SeaWorld is called "Shamu" as if these individuals are interchangeable robots. Dolphins want to live their lives as nature intended; they don't want to be petted and kissed.