When hearing the facts about Orcas in captivity I was shocked. It has been proven that Orcas in the wild have a life expectancy of 30 to 50 years and their maximum being 60 to 70 years for males and 80-100 for females. Sadly the life expectancy in captivity is only 9 years. The mental, emotional, and physical stress that a captive whale suffers can weaken their immune system and make them prone to disease (SeaWorldofHurt.org). Even though they are kept in an environment free from predators, pollution and other threats, they die young.
Just because they are the same species does not mean they necessarily get along. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration states on its Orca fact sheet, “Killer whales are social animals that live in stable family-related groups”. In captivity the whales are put in artificial social groups and moved around depending on how the management department wants to group the whales, not thinking about how the animals will get alon... ... middle of paper ... .... Blackfish. Dir. Gabriela Cowperthwaite and Gabriela Cowperthwaite.
2014. . Rose, N. A. 2011. Killer Controversy: Why Orcas Should No Longer Be Kept in Captivity. Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States, Washington, D.C. 16 pp.
Imagine a warm day in February, a day that you have been waiting for forever, to see a majestic sea mammal, an orca (commonly known as a killer whale). The show was called “Dine with Shamu”, the orcas were doing amazing tricks and splashing the kids in the front row. After the show was finished, you make your way under the stadium to get a picture with the star of the show, Tilikum. As you wait for him to show himself, a siren goes off and sends everyone into a panic. You look at the crystal clear pool behind the glass, and see Tilikum dragging a women’s body down to the bottom of the pool.
For many years, we’ve been going to, SeaWorld, and aquariums to see vast animals, like Orcas also, known as killer whales, which we wouldn’t normally see out in the wild. Orcas have been around us for millions of years; since of their friendliness people have taken advantage of them. For the past sixty years people have brought these massive creatures into the aquariums to make profit out of it, but never thought about their lives. What if you were kept in a cage for years, and was pushed to do things you wouldn’t do in your normal lives. Killer whales are forced to do things, which they wouldn’t normally do out in the wild.