There is a difference between this

and this

the difference being that one is a circus with little to no stimulation and the other is an enclosure that has made an effort to be like the animals natural environment. 

Animals in zoos aren’t made to preform and if it is a good zoo a lot of effort is made in making the enclosure a good environment for the animal.

Shamu was captured from her mother’s side in 1965 at the age of 3. During the violent capture, the first intentional orca capture, Shamu’s mother was harpooned and killed in front of her. Shamu was eventually shipped off to Seaworld to become their start performer. After 6 years in captivity, Shamu died at the young age of 9.
Her home was pretty much a bathtub, my fishbowl isn’t too far off if you look at what she was kept in.
Seaworld continues to use the name Shamu as a stage name for all of their whales, because that’s such a positive legacy to hold (sarcasm). Maybe by calling all of the whales by the same name, the general public won’t be able to easily keep track of how many Shamu’s die.
Shamu is dead.

Not too special of a drawing or anything, more of a doodle.

What exciting things does one learn from viewing captive orca at Seaworld Orlando?

That Katina, a mother of 7, lives with only 2 of her offspring? That the other 5 were taken from her, and of those 5, 3 are dead?

That Tilikum is considered responsible for 3 human deaths, including the brutal death of a trainer at that very facility only a handful of years ago? 

That Makaio, merely 4 years old, has almost completely destroyed his teeth, likely due to chewing tank walls and bars?

That trainers now wear “spare air” in case one of the whales tries to drown them again?

Those are just a few of the fun facts you should be privy to as you watch the whales slowly circle their featureless tank - but you won’t be. Instead you’ll be told that the animals are happy and thriving. (“Not dying as much as they used to” might be more accurate, but considering how many whales died to get us here - for a marine circus show in an amusement park - that hardly seems like cause for celebration.)

Seaworld has no problem distorting the facts and truth of the situation for the sake of making sure you don’t think to question the 5th, 20th, or 100th lap a whale makes in the barren span of concrete-walled blue it unfortunately calls home. Please don’t buy a ticket or support Seaworld until it moves away from these archaic practices. 

I was talking to a girl who has family that work at seaworld and I thought it'd be interesting to post her perspective

I’m not trying to defend seaworld, and feel free to refute it if something’s not accurate. I just wanted to give the other side’s argument

“It’s so easy to watch something like Blackfish and immediately want to hate Sea World, but really there’s so much more to it and a lot of stuff put in that film was flat lies. The main reason I support them is because of how much work they do for marine conservation. A huge portion of their profits goes to rescuing and rehabilitating injured animals. People don’t see it, but backstage they have a ton of tanks with animals being cured that will be re-released. They also focus on education and gear all of their shows towards spreading a conservation message. With the giant mission that they have, they would never have enough money to do it if they didn’t have the parks to bring in revenue. All of their park animals are born in captivity (the only animals taken from the wild were from when the park first opened in the 60s). The animals are treated so well; I know a lot of the trainers and they love the animals and really build relationships with them. No animal is ever forced to perform or punished, they actually use rewards to encourage certain behaviors. Most of the few incidents that have happened have been with one particular whale who has a tendency to be aggressive. The trainers know this and give him his space. Protesting Sea World only prevents them from rescuing injured animals and caring for the animals they have that could never survive in the wild. There are other organizations, such as certain circuses and zoos, that are truly cruel and don’t care. I think the negative attention needs to be drawn to them and not an organization that does everything it can to promoting marine awareness. I grew up going to Sea World and that was a huge part of the reason I chose to study marine biology, it’s just sad to see that, out of no where, a propaganda film made so many people turn against them without taking the time to learn more”
Jurassic World Is Eerily Like SeaWorld, And Everyone Noticed

By Caitlin Jill Anders 6/15/15

This weekend, the much-anticipated movie “ Jurassic World” finally came out … and the similarities to SeaWorld were pretty uncanny. You thought you were the only one who noticed it? Nope. The masses took to Twitter after the release to share their thoughts, and the results were pretty overwhelming: “Jurassic World” is exactly like SeaWorld, and an excellent example of why places like that shouldn’t exist.

Just like the captive dinosaurs in the movie, SeaWorld’s orcas spend their entire lives in tiny tanks, with not nearly enough room to really live. “Jurassic World” definitely threw some major shade at SeaWorld — and everyone is OK with it. Here are a few tweets from people who totally picked up on the movie’s anti-SeaWorld vibe.

Pretty much everyone noticed the similarities between “Jurassic World” and SeaWorld … and really hopes SeaWorld will take the hint:

Some people were super sassy about the similarities:

And, of course, some people actually mistook a “Jurassic World” commercial … for a SeaWorld commercial:

There is one huge difference between “Jurassic World” and SeaWorld though: “Jurassic World” is just a movie, and the captive orcas at SeaWorld are very, very real.

To read more on “Jurassic World” and SeaWorld from The Dodo, check out these articles:

‘Jurassic World’ Actually Has Really Important Things To Say About How We Treat Animals

SeaWorld Says Its Orcas Are 'Thriving’ In New Ad. Too Bad They’re Totally Wrong.

Here’s A Truthful Version Of SeaWorld’s New 'Truth’ Ad

They were performing this trick regularly at SeaWorld Orlando before they stopped performing waterworks. The trainer stands completely upright on the orca as the orca slides across the stage - rather than sitting on their back or sliding out alongside them.  I’d bet that if waterworks still existed at SeaWorld, they’d still be doing this trick. 

So, this kind of blatantly obvious human-domination-over-nature trick didn’t only happen at the “lesser” marine parks like Kamogawa SeaWorld (pictured immediately below). 

No, this was the world’s most “advanced” marine park - the “world-leader” in marine mammal care. A park that supposedly cares about education and conservation more than anything else - putting this image in front of their audiences.

It’s a beached orca. With a human not kneeling, not sitting, but directly standing upright on its back. We are reducing this huge, intelligent animal to a mere show prop. Because this trick is all about the trainer, and the audience marveling what the trainer has accomplished. 

What kind of message does this send to children? How on earth does this teach anyone to respect wild animals?

As as audience member, seeing this should make you feel uncomfortable


Kiska vs. wild Icelandic orcas

Kiska was captured and torn from her family off the coast of Iceland in the late 1970s. She has lived at Marineland Canada ever since.

All of Kiska’s calves died by the age of 6. She has suffered the loss of every one of her tankmates and has lived completely alone since 20011, an unimaginable torture for an animal that thrives on the company of its own kind. The saddest sight to be seen at Marineland, Kiska is reduced to swimming laps or logging. She has no teeth left and is reported to be lethargic and chronically ill.

While it is great news that Ontario’s Bill 80 will make it illegal for Marineland to hold another orca ever again, it may also mean that Kiska will be doomed to live out the rest of her life in solitude - unless we do something about it.

Please help us by speaking out for Kiska. She will never be able to experience freedom again, but that doesn’t mean her life cannot be improved drastically.

  • Sign her petition
  • E-mail Minister Naqvi
  • E-mail Premier Wynne
  • Share her story
  • Do not buy a ticket to Marineland or any other facility that houses cetaceans
Kelly Clark, curator of trainers at SeaWorld Orlando told a bold faced lie on Fox News last night, claiming that SeaWorld has not separated a young orca from its mother in over 35 years.

What about:

  • Kalina (Aged 4) taken from Katina in 1990 and moved from Florida to Ohio. 
  • Katerina (Aged 2) taken from Katina in 1991 and moved from Florida to Ohio.
  • Kayla (Aged 2) taken from Kenau in 1991 and moved from Texas to Ohio and later moved to Florida.
  • Splash (Aged 2) taken from Nootka V in 1992 and moved from Marineland Canada to SeaWorld California.
  • Keet (Aged 1) taken from Kalina in 1994 and moved from Texas to California.
  • Sumar (Less than 1 year old) taken from Taima in 1999 and moved from Florida to California.
  • Keto (Aged 3) taken from Kalina in 1999 and moved from Florida to California and later moved to Loro Parque, Spain.
  • Shouka (Aged 9) taken from Sharkan in 2002 and moved from Marineland France to Six Flags Ohio and later to SeaWorld California.
  • Unna (Aged 5) taken from Katina in 2002 and moved from Florida to Texas. 
  • Takara (Aged 12) taken from Kasatka in 2004 and moved from California to Florida and later moved to Texas.
  • Tuar (Aged 4) taken from Kalina in 2004 and moved from Florida to Texas. 
  • Tekoa (Aged 3) taken from Taima in 2004 and moved from Florida to Texas and later to Loro Parque, Spain. 
  • Ikaika (Aged 4) taken from Katina in 2006 and moved from Florida to Marineland Canada. 
  • Kohana (Aged 2) taken from Takara in 2006 and moved from Florida to Loro Parque, Spain. 
  • Skyla (Aged 2) taken from Kalina in 2006 and moved from Florida to Loro Parque, Spain. 
  • Taku (Aged 12) taken from Katina in 2006 and moved from Florida to Texas. 

I won’t ever understand how someone could go onto television and lie so freely; the most recent separations even occurred at the park where Clark works.

 (Feel free to add any more i may have missed or correct any information i might have gotten wrong)

An advertisement by SeaWorld from a local newspaper recently:

A word about separating orcas from their calves and fact from fiction

At home, I’m a mom to two beautiful children. At work, I get to experience killer whale moms and their newborns. There’s nothing more powerful than the connection between a mother and her calves. It’s one of the best parts of my job.

So you can imagine how frustrating it is to hear activist organizations say that my colleagues and I separate mothers and their dependent calves. For example, PETA says our whales are “constantly moved between facilities for breeding and to perform.”

That’s simply not the case.

My name is Kristi, and I work with killer whales at SeaWorld. I’ve dedicated my life to better understanding these animals, both at work and in school - in college, I studied psychology and animal behavior. And I can tell you this: If what PETA said were accurate, I wouldn’t work here.

SeaWorld understands the importance of keeping mothers and their dependent calves together. Mothers provide support and nutrition and we do not and would not interfere with that, unless the mother or calf’s life was in danger. The reality is that many of our whales live with their mothers even though they are now adults. For example, in San Diego we have three generations of whales living together in the same group.

The bottom line: We do not move whales casually or automatically. When we do, it is only when the whale is weaned and socially independent.

We’ve learned so much over 30 years of killer whale births that we have developed practices that help mothers nurture their young successfully. To be sure, abandonment can be a real issue for killer whales in the wild - and our work at SeaWorld could one day help scientists understand how to mitigate these problems.

Research being conducted today on our killer whales’ milk compositions will help scientists understand the nutritional requirements for mothers and calves. Research into pregnancy and lactation will help scientists understand how killer whales metabolize toxins. Considering the human impact on our oceans, this research is critical for all killer whales, especially the endangered southern residents in the Pacific Northwest.

We apply those lessons every day, and we’ll keep working to do more, for killer whale moms at SeaWorld and for killer whale moms everywhere.

Kristi Burtis, killer whale trainer

“You watched Blackfish, a one-sided piece of propaganda, and now you think you know everything about SeaWorld!”

And yet I’m sure that if someone were to visit seaworld and become a seaworld fanatic based solely on their visit to the park, you wouldn’t take issue with that. Do you nudge the person sitting next to you in Shamu Stadium trying to engage them in a conversation about orca captures? No? But I thought it was so important to you that people know both sides of the story!

Blackfish has gotten a lot of attention, but seaworld’s been around for fifty years, and Shamu doesn’t become a household name without seaworld’s powerful fifty-year-long media influence. There have been countless Travel-Channel behind-the-scenes shows, staged news segments, commercials, Shamu-Show DVDs - you name it  - that give a very distinct one-sided view of seaworld. Have you ever complained about the one-sidedness of any of these media releases? I seriously doubt it.

Your problem with Blackfish isn’t that it only tells one side of the story. Your problem with Blackfish is that it tells the side of story that you don’t like - a side of the story that until now has been kept relatively quiet in comparison to everything that’s spewed out of seaworld’s mouth in the last fifty years. 

(For the record, I’m not saying that Blackfish should be anyone’s sole source of information regarding the captivity industry. It is important to do additional research! I’m just so, so tired of hearing this ^ phrase uttered by seaworld supporters when it’s such a hypocritical statement).