Now, former SeaWorld trainers, some of which have inseminated orcas themselves, and an orca expert have weighed in on the pregnancy. Digital Journal spoke to John Hargrove, an orca trainer who appeared in the CNN documentary "Blackfish," who said that he was unsurprised by the news.
"This is the only way they can sustain their business model," Hargrove said. "These animals are not breeding fast enough naturally," he added.
Even more disturbing -- Hargrove says that Kalia was to be moved while she was pregnant, just like another whale, Takara, whom he helped to move to a different park when she was about six months pregnant. Says Digital Journal:
Hargrove said that SeaWorld had planned to move Kalia from California to Texas last summer. "Her food board was made up in Texas," he said. "It was totally done, which means they were very, very far along in moving her," Hargrove added. The move never happened, but "if it's true that Kalia is pregnant, and she was artificially inseminated, and is due in December," Hargrove said, "that means two things: She was AI'd [artificially inseminated] at the age of eight years, and they were planning on moving her while she was pregnant, which of course is harmful to the mother and to the calf."