What’s Wrong With Captivity?
"The Humane Society of the United States opposes keeping whales and dolphins in captivity, for public display, for shows, because there’s just no way that a facility can provide for these animals. Their environment is so alien to ours that in the end what you end up with, is a sterile environment for them in captivity." - Dr. Naomi Rose, Marine Mammalogist (read more)
- Wild dolphins can swim over 40 miles per day; killer whales anywhere from 50 to 100 miles per day. They can’t do that in the confines of a small, concrete tank unless you expect them to swim thousands of laps a day. Even in the largest captive facilities, dolphins have access to less than 1/10,000 of 1% (0.000001%) of the space available to them in their natural environment.
- The ocean is a vast, rich and ever-changing environment - when you remove them and put them in a captive environment with no texture, no complexity, you take away their need to use echolocation - their hearing is their most important sense, and in an empty, barren concrete tank with four walls they have no need to use it. Purposefully and knowingly taking away what comes as second nature to these animals way of life is completely inhumane.
- Cetaceans in captivity eventually begin to present stereotypical behavior, which is either useless/non-beneficial or self-harming. These behaviors are repetitive, and are believed to be used by the animal in an attempt to relieve anxiety and stress caused by an inadequate environment.
- Animals that don’t get along also exhibit hyper aggression, and sometimes this results in death. In captivity, they cannot escape their attacker. In the wild they have miles and miles of space to get away.
So much death.
- The annual mortality rate of captive killer whales is 2.5 times higher than that of their wild counterparts.
- At least 144 orcas have been taken into captivity from the wild since 1961 (including Pascuala and Morgan).125 of them are now deceased. In total, 159 orcas have died in captivity, not including 30 miscarried or still-born calves.
- Dolphins are not immune to death from the captive display industry either. While it is now illegal to capture and import wild killer whales/dolphins into the United States, Japan still captures and kills thousand of dolphins in the infamous cove in Taiji every single year. What does this have to do with captivity? They sell numerous dolphins to aquariums around the globe, and the rest are slaughtered. If they didn’t have aquaria to sell to, these hunts would be useless, as they claim to slaughter the rest for meat - which is poisonous and harmful to humans anyway. (Click here to find out who buys Taiji Dolphins, and here to learn more)
- There has only been 1 killer whale inflicted human injury recorded in the wild, ever. There have been over 100 incidents between killer whales and humans in captivity, as well as 4 human deaths which were caused directly by captive killer whales.
Marine parks like Sea World have zero respect for the social bonds between a mother and her calf.
- It is a well known fact throughout the scientific community that the majority of killer whales in the wild stay with their mothers and other family members for life. In some populations, should they choose to leave their mother, they always return to her after a short period of time. Many killer whales, (both as young calves shortly after nursing and as young adults) have been removed from their mothers in both the wild and captivity and sent to different parks, without any chance of return. The amount of stress and anxiety this causes to both the calf and the mother is insurmountable, especially because this is completely unnatural and would never happen by choice in the wild. Here is a list of mother/calf separations directly caused by the captive industry.
It’s for profit, and does nothing to benefit wild animals.
- Sea World Parks and Entertainment is the most successful company of marine parks that display killer whales in the world. They generated $77.4 million dollars in revenue in 2012. Sea World claims to base their business and shows on conservation and rescuing and protecting wild populations of animals. For every million dollars Sea World makes, they only spend $600 dollars on conservation. If you think your ticket is helping wild animals, you are sorely mistaken - that’s roughly 5 cents per ticket. Where’s the rest of the money going? From the look of their tanks, not back to the killer whale habitats.
- Their scientific research is inaccurate or outdated, and after 50 years they have only produced 50 papers. One paper per year from an institution that has killer whales and dolphins in front of them daily, and claims to be at the forefront of marine mammal research and study? This is unacceptable, and only further proves that marine parks care about one thing, and one thing only: $MONEY$
If you truly care about whales and dolphins, do not buy a ticket, do not take yourself or your family to any marine parks that house these animals. There are so many other amusement parks and fun alternatives to watching highly intelligent, social animals flip for dead fish in a concrete pool. Follow me here as I try my best to expose what really goes on in the daily lives of these helpless victims of a blatantly abusive and cruel commercial experiment.
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(Source: The Huffington Post)
Kiska showing signs of being VERY underweight, note the incredibly abnormal depression behind her blowhole. This photo was taken TODAY. But, don’t worry, because according to certain Marineland worshipers, she’s just fine. She’s DYING.
Photo credit: https://twitter.com/roxygervais/media
Agree. Fuck captivity.
200 notes, and out of 200 notes we have 2 idiots trying to tell us this is healthy and that this is okay. Fuck captivity, and fuck MarineLand. Also, fuck MLC supporters.I just had a conversation with Dr. Naomi Rose who has said that Kiska’s situation is not good. That the increased depression behind her blow hole is very telling. That And the evidence of her dorsal fin, puts Kiska on the critical list. All those pro-Marineland and pro-captivity people can bite me. They claim to love these animals, yet they are willing to let them die. Shame. They should be ashamed. Rightb3n3aththesurfac3?
Yes, they should be ashamed! (Sorry I’m on this blog!) captivity is clearly not okay, we just need to show everyone else!
For anyone who’s saying that Kiska’s dip behind her blowhole is normal, here’s a photo of ky, credit to bondedwiththesea, where you can clearly see that there is no dramatic dip behind his blowhole. People need to stop trying to justify this. Now, everyone knows I support SeaWorld, but Kiska is seriously unhealthy and you can’t look past that.
Just curious, is Ky’s blow hole open or closed in this photo? I’m not super great at orca anatomy enough to know whether the mentioning of kiska’s ‘dip’ was because of muscle contracting and releasing or actually underweight, and since it was becoming a debate in unfamiliar waters for me I stayed out of it, but Ky appears to have his blow hole open above- do we have any females besides kiska in a similar position to compare between females since males have a different build to some degree? (Personally I don’t think Kiska looks too good, and I’m worried about her, but there are so many different opinions flying around ._.;)
I think this is a pretty good comparison - they’re not in the exact same position, but in both Kiska’s case and in this their head is pushed up slightly. The difference is astronomical but when I looked around some orcas did appear to have a slight dip behind their blow hole. (Example 1, 2) but nothing can be compared to the fucking crater in Kiska’s head - and the extra, larger dip even further back doesn’t appear to be anywhere even near as severe on other orcas (if it appears at all).
These dips behind the blow hole seem to be somewhat normal on orcas, but not to the extent seen on Kiska.
Viewing dolphins from above - July 17th 2014
This dolphin seems to have purposely gotten itself stuck in the shallows of it’s habitat. Maybe he enjoys listening to Taylor Swift’s 22, I’m not quite sure. The woman next to me asked “Does it like to beach itself like that?” The answer is no. Dolphins and other cetaceans do not beach themselves to have a good time in the wild. They only do this type of behavior when they are sick, dying or distressed by another family/pod member beaching themselves. Fortunately for this dolphin, he is still somewhat submerged. Many dolphins in captivity will repeatedly beach themselves out of the water onto the concrete portions of their tanks for no apparent reason. This behavior is known as a stereotypical behavior, and is indicative of an animal that cannot adapt to it’s environment. Unfortunately, I didn’t stick around long enough to see if he did it again, but I’m sure I’ll be able to visit again. I don’t want to classify this as stereotypical because I didn’t see a repeat while I was there - it’s still pretty concerning for the health of the animal, especially if they are doing this multiple times a day.
Is it this noisy everywhere in the park?
Yes, they have speakers throughout the park and music is pretty loud wherever you go. There’s not a quiet place at SW, except maybe the restrooms.
How lucky for these animals with super sensitive hearing.
Unfortunately I had no control over what cars my parents bought lol. I know my mum’s car is very fuel efficient but not a hybrid. Thankfully I don’t need to drive a lot :)
Seaquarium will pay $7000 for endangering trainers in the water with captive orca Lolita.
"The agency has required Seaquarium to remove its trainers from engaging in “wet work and dry work performances” in the pool. Because of the serious nature of the violation OSHA is fining the Miami Seaquarium $7,000."
Maybe this will help her case re: being able to be moved to a sea-pen..? Judging by the videos I’ve watched of her performances, there’s not really a lot they can do with wet/dry work both removed? Besides have her jump around in that pathetic thimble of water.
does anyone still have that post which showed images of Hugo’s nose injury/stitched up nose?
Not the one you’re talking about, but I found this:
thats exactly the one! thanks!
Kiska’s dorsal fin is deteriorating fast.
THE FOLLOWING IS GRAPHIC:
Phil Demers, former senior marine mammal trainer, described the aftermath of killer whale Kandu’s death in late December 2005. Kandu was the whale that spent 19 years of his life at Marineland, much of it confined to the little gated holding pool off the King Waldorf Stadium pool. His death hit staffers hard. Trainers stood around crying as the dead whale was hoisted by crane out of the pool and onto a trailer.
A necropsy was completed and the whale was buried in one of the park’s mass graves. Two weeks later, Demers said he was “pulled into the office by (a vet) and asked to go and dig up Kandu,” because they had failed to obtain brain tissue samples.
It was half-raining and half-snowing, Demers said, and he looked down into about six inches of water in the deep grave and saw Kandu’s head. He and another trainer jumped into the grave and began sawing into his skull. “He was not frozen and it smelled so bad and there was blood all over the place. I was elbow deep in the pit of reddish orangey sludge and we both kept coming up to vomit.”
Phil Demers on the death of Kandu, this blog’s namesake and the father of all calves born at Marineland. He was the longest killer whale in captivity at 23.5 feet, and his trainers called him “Baby” for his sweet nature.
photo (c) Laurie Neron and displayed at orcahome.de
Rest in peace, Kandu. I’m sorry.
They don’t care about the whales, only about lining their pockets. This is a perfect, yet gruesome, example.
I believe that tissue samples from deceased animals are very important because they can actually further studies on research about the species, however in this case I find it to be unnecessary. If they forgot to do it, oh well. Digging the whale’s body up was not needed.
I agree completely, the necropsy is very important and we do know Kandu’s cause of death was cancer due to it. However, what kind of working condition is this?? Sending your trainers into a mass grave to get a chunk of whale out that you forgot? He’s in there, it’s done. They could have gotten so sick, not to mention the disrespect to Kandu who performed for 20 years for them.