The author of Jaws makes a point in saying he had no idea the impact his book and film would make on todays beachgoers. This attitude towards sharks needs to stop for shark conservation efforts to really take off. Although many people fear sharks, almost a quarter of a million pe... ... middle of paper ... ...involved is to dive with sharks if you get the opportunity. Mentioned earlier was the importance of tourism on people’s views of sharks. Once out in the open with the creatures the divers will begin to care and want to see sharks protected.
There are on average only sixty five shark attacks a year. A person is thirty times for likely to be struck by lightening. Sharks injure about thirteen people a year, but about two hundred thousand were hurt in accidents involving ladders, toilets, and chainsaws. The odds of getting attacked by a shark are very low compared to all of the other dangers in the world. Researchers are trying to explain to people through this theory that sharks don`t intentionally attack humans, they are merely just mistaking humans for their normal prey.
On February 24, 2010, Trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed by a captive killer whale which dragged her into its tank (McCarthy). This is not the only case where a trainer of ordinary person has been put in harm’s way because what is supposed to be a wild animal is being held in captivity. Wild animals should not be kept in captivity because it can lead to mental illness and abnormal behavior. Capturing wild animals for entertainment is not a new practice; it has been going on for years. In fact, “136 killer whales were captured in the wild and held in captivity since the first on in 1961” (McCarthy).
Should Orcas in Captivity be Banned Across the Nation? A few states across the country are trying to ban orca captivity. Recently California has taken a major push to try and stop this horrific tragedy. SeaWorld itself has covered up and lied about the life of killer whales and the mistakes that they have made. Many people do not realize the true tragedy that is being made everyday by the capturing of orcas living at SeaWorld.
However, sharks are not an imminent danger to humans. Only on rare occasions there are incidents, and regardless humans are most likely not the sharks intended prey. About six people are killed by sharks per year, while humans kill over 100 million sharks a year. Who is the real danger? Oceana, a foundation developed by a group of other leading foundations known as The Pew Charitable Trusts, Oak Foundation, Marisla Foundation (formerly Homeland Foundation), and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund discuss that there are over 500 species of sharks in the world, and only about twelve can be potentially harmful to humans.
“Ric O’Barry, a famous dolphin trainer, quit capturing dolphins after the death of Flipper.” It was said that Flipper died from stress and depression. Dolphins are a big part of our world, but there not the only animals dealing with this cruelty. Unlike the gigantic animals in the ocean the rodents of the land are being harmed. Texas was raided in an exotic animal deliver company. Snakes stare, there are dead rodents, and hundreds of reptiles were shipped in crates.
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.
Captive Orcas Orcas, also known as killer whales, have been in captivity for over fifty years The captivity of killer whales made SeaWorld famous, and this is why SeaWorld is so popular today. There has been over one hundred orcas taken from the wild and sent to captivity. SeaWorld, however, has captured more than twenty of the whales, and more than thirty of their whales have been captive-born. The one hundred plus whales weren’t just taken from the wild. They were taken from their family.
Killer whales are forced to do things, which they wouldn’t normally do out in the wild. Keeping killer whales in captivities makes it dangerous for them and the employees, also their mental and physical health. Over the years, there have been a lot of controversies, regarding killer whales being in captivities. People are questioning, is it safe for the whales, and also the trainers being around them. Killer whales aren’t suppose in captivities, they are meant to be out in the wild, where they can show how powerful and intelligent creatures they are.
These headliners were never in danger in the wild, however they now face a horrid existence in captivity. Ironically the only danger these spectacular mammals have faced are the humans that “rescue” them. Although I am now firm in these beliefs, this was not always my reality. My eyes were only opened to the truth of SeaWorld recently after viewing the film, Blackfish. Blackfish exposes the despair created by SeaWorld; from the treatment of these killer whales to the injuries and deaths caused by the orcas.