I've always been an open minded person, even as a strong Seaworld supporter. I've watched the movie Blackfish many times and asked questions. I supported known scientists and marine biologists for their work, even though they were against Seaworld. Even respected the rescue efforts of PETA, however I was quiet about my respect for them because PETA was despised by Seaworld.
I would get death threats and insults because I supported Seaworld, but I never ignored activist comments and would respect their opinion. I wanted to know more about the anti-captivity perspective on Seaworld and because of that, I made friends with many activists and added more people to my respect list.
However, when I got my job, many things have changed. For one, I had to put my initial dream of being a whale watch naturalist on hold. Before, I supported Seaworld, I've wanted to work with humpback whales out in the wild, and educate people about them. However, as I got more involved with Seaworld, I started to notice how the trainers interacted with the animals and how trainers were put high on a pedestal. Not only that, but I felt that if I saw the whales in the wild in person, I would turning by back on the company since they pride themselves on their animals being better off at their parks than in the wild.