"I live ten miles from SeaWorld San Diego. They have nightly fireworks shows during the summer, which freaks my dogs out every night, even this far away," one Dodo reader recently wrote in, in response to an article about orcas and noise. "I can't imagine what it's like for the animals in residence at the park. SeaWorld won't even acknowledge what the debris from the fireworks does to our bay and the animals, fish and birds they profess to care so much about."
SeaWorld writes on its website:
We have worked with independent experts in the field of bioacoustics from Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and the National Marine Mammal Foundation to measure the ambient noise in our environments (including music, etc.). Our underwater noise levels are quieter than the ambient ocean. And those above water sounds don't transfer underwater. So, based on these studies, we are confident the sounds in our environment are not detrimental to the animal's wellbeing.
The Dodo asked scientists independent of the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, who said the fact is, SeaWorld's orcas are often forced to surface during shows and for feedings.