In the film Blackfish by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the scene in which Seaworld trainer Kenneth Peters, almost died when he was repeatedly pulled and dragged under the water by the killer whale kasatka, was by the most breathtaking and disturbing footage presented throughout the film. Based on this scene, the director is arguing that the captivity of Killer whales is inhumane, because the emotions humans contain and express are equivalent or inferior to those of animals, which can lead to extreme mental instability. Similarly Mark twain also touches upon the ideas of animals being equal or superior towards humans in “The Lowest Animal”. Furthermore, Twain brilliantly and satirically describes the animal kingdom and the placement of humans on it. He argues that Animals are the lower species when he states that “ the higher animals have no religion.
Sharks are sea creatures, so obviously they live in the ocean. Sharks are mostly found in the Pacific Ocean, but can also be found in the Atlantic Ocean, and very rarely the Indian Ocean. Sharks will eat almost any living thing they find in the ocean, including us humans, even though it only happens rarely. They like seals the most. It is unknown what they drink.
Free the Orcas Orcas are majestic, beautiful creatures who do not deserve to be confined to tanks that to humans are like bathtubs. The reason orcas are called killer whales is because they are not animals to be messed with. There should be no human interaction that will cause and orca to feel stressed or threatened. Just like humans, orcas have the ability to feel pain when they are separated from their families. Throughout the years aquatic centers have used orcas as entertainment, but in reality orca captivity has taken a toll on the mental and physical health of these animals as well as endangering their human trainers.
A Seaworld, Lindy Donahue, explains that the behaviors Seaworld’s orcas form are of their natural ability. “Natural killer whale behaviors here at Seaworld… you could also see a whale doing that behavior in the wild in order communicate, when you see our whales sliding up and out of the water into the slide out, that’s the same behavior that they do when they’re hunting when they slide out on a beach,” (Donahue). The behaviors seen at Seaworld are primitive so there is absolutely no reason the behaviors could not just as well be studied in the natural habitat of the orcas. The way the orcas slide into the slide out is a hunting technique in the wild, which is dangerous and should be studied where the whales are at a further
Jared said that he mostly ate fish, squid, and other marine invertebrates, which he explained to me were marine animals without vertebrae or spines. He told me that his main predators are Great White Sharks, Killer Whales, Steller Sea Lions, and humans (Seal Conservation Society, 2011). Jared continued to say that Great White Sharks, Killer Whales, Steller Sea Lions kill them for food, and so do humans, but humans also do it just for their own gain, because they do not absolutely have to consume Northern Fur
I believe that SeaWorld should close down because, animals are kept in captivity which is harmful to the orcas.True SeaWorld is a wonderful place to visit, it’s a great place to go and get entertained, but what you might not know is that it is hurting the animals. Keeping the orcas in tanks and cages is very dangerous because when they are let out, their could be very dangerous and can be very grumpy and aggressive. The truth is that the orcas are taken from the pod from the wild and are brought to the SeaWorld. Therefore, when they arrive at SeaWorld, they are expected to make friends with other orcas and become a pod. In my opinion that isn’t good because they have to learn to trust each other, even though they only know their one pod/family forever and having a new family is hard.
A trainer from SeaWorld described it as signs that the whale would show to a certain person. She also noted that whales will act noticeably different with certain people (Lee). However these are still wild animals and are completely unpredictable. People all over are now protesting that the whales be out of captivity or at least stop having shows. Protest have been a contributing factor for ending the shows around the globe.
In 2013 the controversy of marine mammal captivity was brought into a new light because of Blackfish, a CNN-produced documentary that took the United States by storm by showing a different side to the family-friendly park shows. No longer were killer whales viewed by all as cute stuffed animals to be played with and put on display, but as intelligent and sentient creatures who have been affected significantly by their continued imprisonment. The depth of their social relationships, behaviors, and mental capacity, perhaps only second to that of a human 's, results in the conclusion that orcas are not being protected, as institutions like SeaWorld claims, but are being hindered in their growth of their innate behaviors. This topic has been the
So we all know or have heard of seaworld, but when we go there and have fun we never think about how harmful it is to the killer whales and their trainers working with them. Text why Blackfish is propaganda not a documentary. I believe that seaworld she not be able to have killer whales in a little pool. They also shouldn’t use them for a show because they are a wild animal so they belong in the open ad free not eating on diet while in seaworld and stuff like that. In the film it implies that seaworld collects the calves from the moms and then they get their mom but they never
We can 't be certain that whale populations can survive large-scale hunting as well as the other daily threats they face. Ban or no ban, whaling remains inhumane and whales are unsuitable for use by humans in this way.” On The Nature Publishing Group they say that “ Major disadvantages of whaling include the potential extinction of some whale species, the unsafe levels of mercury that whale meat can contain and the potential harm to ecosystems that removing whales can cause. In addition, whale watching is a lucrative business in many parts of the world, and whaling could have an impact on that activity.”But the people at People of our Everyday Life say that “Whaling provides a large number of employment opportunities and economic gains”. In conclusion whale poaching could result in the extinction of the whale species. The whale blubber can’t even be eaten and the oil is only used for transmission oil and can easily be substituted out of the oil.
It is known that orcas are predators and not prey. No animals hunt them. Only humans prey on these social giants and enslave them for entertainment purposes. Moral philosopher Mary Midgley, who was known for her works on ethics, animal rights, and science wrote in her article “Is a Dolphin a Person?” that “what makes creatures our fellow-beings, entitled to basic consideration, is not intellectual capacity, but emotional fellowship” (169). Midgley makes no mentions of orcas among the animals she talks about in this article but she does mention dolphins, which orcas are, so I will assume that this would apply to orcas too.
On SeaWorld’s response they state that these events were accidents, and that the cause of death was not due to the whales, but because of the trainers’ negligence. An example SeaWorld gives of trainer misjudgment, is the incident with trainer John Sillick. On Blackfish we see an orca falling on Mr. Sillick during a show. SeaWorld gives the following response to that event: “Making a poor judgment call based on the routine, Mr. Sillick decided to ride a second perimeter –facing backward -- and took the whale around a second time. This act threw off the timing of the send signal given to the other whale, which performed the behavior exactly as requested, resulting in the accident, not an act of aggression” placing the blame of the incident on the