I have visited far, far too many captive animal facilities and exhibits in my life, and I can honestly say that I found the "One Ocean" orca show to be among the least informative, most unnatural, and most exploitative exhibitions of animals that I have encountered. In my opinion, it is without a shadow of merit. I left the stadium confused and angry at how these magnificent mammals could be reduced to the status of clowns.
But, it does not stop there. SeaWorld does not only exploit orcas. It has dolphin shows; "Dolphin Cove," where visitors can touch dolphins; and even a shallow and featureless dolphin "nursery" pool, in which females and their offspring may spend up to a year or more swimming in endless loops.
And, among the roller coasters, concession stands, and merchandise stores, there were other captive animals, such as flamingos, parrots, manatees, and turtles. As I wandered around, I saw so much to entertain humans during their brief visit, but so little to entertain the animals compelled to spend 24/7 on site. The sight of a walrus swimming an endless loop under water in what appeared to be an abnormal, stereotypic pattern of behavior was the final insult-and I made my way dejectedly to the exit.