The very premise of SeaWorld, which was originally supposed to be a restaurant where diners could watch captive ocean life while eating food, was to entertain humans - and that continues to be SeaWorld's main objective. The company's argument for keeping orcas captive is based on the idea that human entertainment is more important than an orca's freedom. As long as people see individual animals as objects, these orcas will never have a chance to touch ocean water.
SeaWorld says animal rights advocates are "lying about the benefits of having these animals in a zoo and aquarium."
That SeaWorld has a history of lying to the public makes it hard for anyone to believe what the company says. SeaWorld tweeted a picture of a mother orca and her calf to illustrate its respect for orca families but neglected to mention that the baby in the picture had been shipped off to Spain. SeaWorld has also lied to the public about dorsal fin collapse and the lifespan of orcas.
So own up to it, SeaWorld. Either admit that you are willing to sacrifice the livelihoods of dozens of orcas for human enjoyment or empty the tanks and turn all your private money and efforts toward rescuing animals and spreading the word that wild animals belong in nature.