It is a common misconception of natural instinct and imaginative onlookers; these whales are not people they are wild marine life. It is no secret that killer whales have a bad reputation, however what earned the reputation was sheer unintentional killings. Orinus Orcas are wild marine life that should not be prosecuted like human beings, and the name “Killer Whales” is the result of false
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.
Whales shouldn’t be captured and put into small tanks and where it’s to a point where people’s lives are at risk and its just unfair for the whales because they deserve so much more than they are given. Owing to the fact that people love to see Tilikum jump in the air doing tricks and to eat fish as a reward there’s a bigger problem that’s at stake and a whale that might lose his life because of it. What Tilikum has to go through each and everyday and the pain he suffers is not what we want to see. In addition the marine park, which has owned Tilikum for more than two decades, said in a statement on its website that “he is suffering from an illness that probably may take his life”.
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
This cost for turtle a life, as plastic causes a blockage within digestive system. But this is only the beginning. Spots made of plastic cover for Sunlight cannot penetrate through plastic garbage into the water, algae and plankton, which is the bottom of the food chain, may simply die out. The situation can quickly turn into a global crisis. If it becomes less plankton, it means that fish and turtles will have nothing to eat, and if they begin to disappear, then the number of predators such as sharks and whales, also will be reduced.
Freeing Willy: A Rhetorical Analysis on Blackfish the Documentary The documentary film Blackfish, by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, is a daring venture, which claims that orcas in captivity become dangerous to human beings, as well as to other orcas. Cowperthwaite points to SeaWorld, in particular, since this world-renowned tourist attraction has had many examples that support her claim. In producing this film, Cowperthwaite hopes to bring about an end to SeaWorld’s practice of using killer whales as performance animals since the limited environment is ultimately doing more harm than good for both the whales and their trainers.
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.
But it made to think more about the fate of these animals. Stewart demonstrated sharks are not mindless killing machines; they act like most big predators, who met with humans in their native environment. And these creatures suffer from humans’ actions more than people suffer from their attacks. Sharks were presented as timid, smart creatures that did not have deliberate plans to attack people. Annual tolls because of sharks are much less than deaths resulted in meetings with crocodiles, tigers or elephants.
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. Joel Manby, chief executive of SeaWorld is finally starting to listen.
In conclusion Blackfish is gives audiences a shocking, aggressive and deeply compelling look into cruel practices of marine parks for decades that will change the way you look at captive/trained killer whales and other animals. In watching this documentary has significantly opened my eyes regarding the brutal treatment and methods of capturing wild animals giving me a greater sympathy for orcas in parks such as SeaWorld. This startling documentary will surprise audiences as Cowperthwaite is unrelenting in showing the fatal consequences of keeping killer whales in captivity while also critiquing of the cruel and immoral practises of
Each animal enclosure needs to be updated to meet the specific necessities of each animal. One risk posed by the current habitat for killer whales, is how long these animals spend at the surface in captivity. The whales can become sun burned and two killer whales have died from being bitten by a mosquito (Lewis, 2013). This is unheard of in the wild because the killer whales are able to swim away from pests such as mosquitos. By having larger and deeper habitats, killer whales could swim away or dive deep to
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
The unnatural conditions stresses the killer whales out. The attacks on the trainers are due to stress in animals forced into miserable, unnatural conditions. These enclosure are nothing like the wild and the different sounds in the enclosures can affect the whales. ”There concrete enclosures also reflect sounds, so a poorly designed enclosure can make artificial noises. Echolocation is rarely used, as a tank offers no novelties or challenges to explore” (Wild vs. Captivity).
Manatees are slow moving animals, so it is difficult for them to get out of the way before being hit by the boat. Manatees have bad vision, so they cannot always see where the boat is coming from. Manatees also have very good hearing, so manatees might hear boats coming but cannot see them in time to move out of the way. One way that we could protect manatees from being struck by boat in shallow water is that we could make special lanes that boats have to travel through to avoid the areas that manatees are in. Humans are expanding out into the ocean which is causing manatees to lose their habitat.
I, myself, have been to SeaWorld and have seen the way the animals are treated, with love and respect. Although it is terrible to see such beautiful animals out of their natural habitat, SeaWorld are unable to return them to their homes, as for many animals in the SeaWorld parks, it is their home. Many animals in captivity, such as the infamous Tilikum and Katina, are now too old to be returned to the sea, and frankly, too big. Many of these whales were in fact captured by fishermen many years ago, and have lived in a tank since, but to remove them from the environment at this stage in their life is unfair and would cause great trauma to