Killer Whales Captivity

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Killer whales were initially captured in the 1960s, when a female orca was captured and put into a tank. Two days into the female orca's stay she repeatedly bashed her head against her tank wall and perished the following day. Unfortunately, people did not heed or take any precautions from this traumatic incident and since then killer whales all over the world have been captured for entertainment purposes and have been stored in facilities such as SeaWorld. From these types of facilities incidents continue to happen such as killer whales killing their trainers, killing themselves, dying due to medical conditions, and more. Continuous accidents such as these have caused suspicion among the public of whether killer whales live healthy and prosperous lives in captivity and brings up the concern of ethicality. …show more content…

When whales are brought into captivity they’re put into these small pools that can’t compare to their natural environment that has an abundance of water. Once they’re put into their tanks they repeatedly have the same routine every day. They tend to get frustrated and restless. “The whales are …show more content…

However, when the whales are put into tanks they experience many more dangerous medical conditions. “Killer whales are known for their impressive dorsal fin, which in males can reach 1-1.8m tall. But, in captivity, they collapse”(Warley). In Seaworld most of the whales have collapsed fins that are turned over and are no longer straight. In the wild only one percent of dorsal fin collapse happens among whales. This condition arises because of the small amount of space the whales are given to swim in and because of their unnatural diet of thawed

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