Are they really "Killer" Whales?
At marine parks like Seaworld, Orca whales are part of a huge show, including lights, music, and flips to entertain families. At every show the trainers claim that they have wonderful relationships with the whales when really they don't care for them. Many people think that whales kept in captivity in places such as Seaworld are receiving better care than whales that live freely in their natural environment. The reality could not be farther from the truth. Using Orca whales for entertainment purposes is actually detrimental to their health, can cause them to become aggressive to humans & other whales, and can drastically reduce the Orca's lifespan. So why keep them in captivity?
Most people couldn't bear to imagine being taken away from your family, then being put in a bathtub for 20 years, this is what Orca whales go through in captivity. In their natural habitat, Orca whales swim up to 100 miles a day with miles and miles of open water in front of them. If they wanted to swim 100 miles in their tiny pools, they would have to swim the circumference of the pool 1,900 times( PETA-8 reasons). In captivity, Orcas are kept in a small tank no bigger than them. This makes them very stressed out, eventually causing them to become depressed and aggressive to humans and other whales. Due to this stress, and newfound aggression there have been over 140 recorded incidents between Orcas & humans from 1970s-1990s, and multiple tragic deaths. To this day, there have been no reported incidents of Orcas harming humans in the wild(Cowperthwaite). How can someone think this is morally okay?(Cowperthwaite). Although Seaworld has seemed to have to brainwashed many people with the happy music and shows, Seaworld has definitely caused some stress to these poor Orca whales.