SeaWorld claims that orca whales must leave their mothers in the wild, because, as they write, "if no adult offspring ever leave their mother, there would be no genetic diversity necessary for survival or separate pods of killer whales."
They are misunderstanding the science of how many "Blackfish" pods interact in the wild.
Males do not disperse from their mothers. This is an established scientific fact in the Pacific Northwest populations and in several other populations where photo-ID catalogues have been and are being established. SeaWorld's criticism here demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of the natural history of this species.
6. SeaWorld: Wild orcas are actually a threat to humans
At one point, "Blackfish" notes, "to this day, there's no record of an orca doing any harm to any human in the wild."
SeaWorld says this is false, listing some of the roughest interactions between a wild killer whale and a human. SeaWorld cites the following: