3. SeaWorld: Separating older, "disruptive" calves from moms is okay
In their rebuttal to "Blackfish," SeaWorld took issue with the age of a whale calf they separated from her mom.
Kalina was disruptive to her mother and the other whales, and at the age of 4 1/2 was moved to another park. The Film misleadingly depicts a calf that is only days old, not 4 1/2 years old.
SeaWorld has also promoted the above graphic to claim that they do not separate young orca calves from their mothers at all -- although, as the modified ad above shows, that's false.
In another part of their "Blackfish" rebuttal, SeaWorld defends their separating of Kasatka from her daughter, Takara, by writing that, "the separation occurred at SeaWorld San Diego in April of 2004 when daughter Takara was 12 years old. Takara at the time of the move, had her own calf, Kohana, who went with her to Orlando."
"Blackfish" responds by pointing out that separating orca families at any age is a problem:
SeaWorld has attempted to downplay these traumatizing events by saying they don't separate mothers from their calves, and that Takara was 12 when they took her away from her mother Kasatka. SeaWorld further suggests that it was proud to have sent Takara to Florida with her own calf, Kohana. What they fail to tell you is the rest of this story:
Kohana was indeed sent with her mother Takara to Florida but at only three years of age they then took her from Takara and sent her to Spain. There, they bred her unnaturally young. By the age of eight she had already given birth to two calves. With no mother or matriarchal figure to teach her how to be a mother she rejected both calves. The second died within a year.
And the real issue, "Blackfish" says, isn't at what age SeaWorld separates orca calves: "The issue is that the separations occur at all."
4. SeaWorld: Orcas aren't smart