I’ve written 11 questions to you guys because I’m honestly very curious as to what your answers are. I personally am anti-captivity but am really open to seeing what those who are pro-captivity think about SeaWorld. Please feel free to reblog with your answers :)
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1: Everyone says SeaWorld doesn’t capture whales anymore, but it doesn’t change the fact that they still possess captured whales in their collection (Corky 2, Katina, Kasatka, Ulises, & Tilikum). The deceased captured whales in their collection were Shamu, Kandu, Kilroy, Ramu, Orky 2, Nootka, Ramu, Kandu 3, Kona, Canuck, Sandy, Frankie, Kanduke, Kenau, Gudrun, Canuck 2, Kona 2, Kandu 5, Winnie, Shawn, Kahana, Kotar, Bjossa, Haida 2, Nootka 4, & Samoa. So, they’ve captued 31 whales in all. Do you guys support this? Do you support them still keeping these whales, and, if so, why?
2: Nalani, one of their current whales at SeaWorld Orlando, is the result of inbreeding between son Taku (now deceased) and mother Katina. Do you think this is right? Do you support SeaWorld Orlando for breeding mother and son? If so, why?
3: The majority of whales in the wild don’t leave their family pods upon maturity, yet SeaWorld constantly separates mother whales and their children. For example, Kalina and 5 of her 7 calves have been separated, all of Kalina’s calves had been separated from her, etc. Do you guys support this? If so, why?
4: The environment that the whales reside in at SeaWorld does not, in any way, resemble their natural habitat. There’s a pronounced lack of stimuli, lack of real food, etc. Do you support this? If so, why?
5: Do you think SeaWorld’s shows are educational? As in they educate the public further about the animals, promote conserving the species, etc. If so, how?
6: Keiko’s release is constantly cited as a failure, despite him living for 6 years in his natural environment and dying from the same ailment that has killed many captive whales, such as Taku. Do you think Keiko’s release was a failure, and, if so, why?
7: SeaWorld is constantly breeding their orcas, despite the massive amount of complications in the breeding program. For example, Baby Shamu 2 lived for 11 days after birth, Haida 2’s calf lived for 38 days after birth, there have been 14 stillbirths/miscarriages at SeaWorld, Gudrun, Nootka 4, Samoa, & Taima all died during labor, etc. Do you support the breeding program? If so, why?
8: The life spans of killer whales in captivity are greatly shorter than their wild counterparts. Do you think, in terms of how long the animals live, SeaWorld is beneficial to them (in comparison to the wild)? If so, why?
9: One of the biggest arguments supporting SeaWorld is that it teaches children about killer whales. Do you think that, without SeaWorld, it’s possible for children to learn about whales? Books, television shows, movies, etc. Is SeaWorld the only way of learning about whales? If so, why?
10: There’s a lot of aggression in both the wild and captivity, yet in the wild, there are no walls forcing the whales to be in each other’s space. In SeaWorld, the whales are crammed into pools that are much smaller than their natural habitat. Do you support the size of their pools? If so, why?
11: If you support SeaWorld, then please explain why? And, if so, are your reasons in the animals’ best interest or in the best interest of humans?
Just wanna respond to number 2 real quick, I’m pretty sure Katina’s pregnancy by her son wasn’t an intentional breeding on SeaWorld’s part, but I’d have to find a source to verify that.