10 Reasons SeaWorld SUCKS!

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Posted July 25, 2014 by Kim Johnson

1. A History of Violence

seaworld orca hunt capture© Dr. Terry Newby

When the original Shamu was captured from the wild in 1965, her mother was shot with a harpoon and killed in front of the young orca’s eyes by a marine “cowboy” named Ted Griffin. Griffin’s partner, Don Goldsberry, later worked for SeaWorld and was assigned to bring orcas into the park even as he continued to kidnap and slaughter orcas. He even once hired divers to cut open the bellies of four orcas, fill them with rocks, put anchors around their tails, and sink them to the bottom of the ocean, all to cover up his dirty deeds! :(

2. More Orcas Kidnapped and Sent to SeaWorld

lolita orca capture seaworld© Dr. Terry Newby

Five orcas currently at SeaWorld were kidnapped from their ocean homes—and even more were kidnapped but have since DIED! One of the survivors, Tilikum, has spent 30 of his 32 years in captivity. He was torn away from his family against his will and confined to a small concrete tank, all to make $$ for SeaWorld.

3. Collapsed Dorsal Fins Are NOT Normal

Orca Bored

SeaWorld claims that this unhealthy condition is common and natural—but in reality, it’s only normal in captivity. ALL male adult orcas in captivity have collapsed dorsal fins, which is caused by their unnatural environments. FACT: In the wild, only 1 to 5 percent of male orcas in just a few select populations have fully collapsed dorsal fins.

4. Orcas in Captivity Have a Shorter Life Span

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Orcas in the wild have an average life expectancy of 30 to 50 years—and it’s estimated that males can live up to 60 to 70 years while females can live up to 80 to 100 years (or more)! In captivity, the average age at which orcas have died in captivity is about 13.

5. Trainers Are Performers, Not Biologists

Contrary to popular belief, trainers often have no formal education in marine biology. Their main purpose is to entertain and put on a “good” show for visitors, not educate people about the intelligence, social nature, or natural families, foraging behavior, and habitats of the animals held at SeaWorld.

6. SeaWorld Fails to Care for Animals

Orca SeaWorld Injury© Ingrid N. Visser, Ph.D.

Think SeaWorld cares about animals? These are just a few examples of SeaWorld’s shoddy track record of animal welfare:

  • FACT: On January 11, 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued an official warning to SeaWorld San Antonio for its “repeated failure to provide drain covers that are securely fastened in order to minimize the potential risk of animal entrapment”—a violation that resulted in the death of a sea lion.
  • FACT: In March 2013, prompted by PETA’s complaint about a child who had been bitten by a dolphin at SeaWorld, the USDA conducted an investigation and cited the marine park for several violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including the use of expired surgical materials, some almost a decade old.
  • FACT: The USDA also documented that a dolphin tank and the areas surrounding the orca performance tank were in disrepair and contained cracked and crumbling concrete and rusty beams that could pose a threat to the health and safety of both the animals and workers.
  • FACT: In July 2014, PETA filed a complaint with the USDA asking the agency to take action and force SeaWorld to give orcas protection from the hot sun. The federal Animal Welfare Act requires that animals have sufficient shelter from direct sunlight, but at SeaWorld’s parks in Orlando and San Diego, orcas have little to no shade. A recent article on detailed how workers at the facilities routinely cover sunburned orcas’ skin with black zinc oxide. Of course, the black sunscreen also hides burns and blisters from the public eye. Wild orcas spend much of their time at depths that lessen the impact of ultraviolet radiation, but because SeaWorld’s tanks are so shallow, the orcas have no way to dive deeply, much less escape the sun’s burning rays.

Please say NO to SeaWorld and its enslavement of animals by refusing to buy a ticket to this abusement park, and ask the marine park to release these animals to sanctuaries.

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  • 133 days ago

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    I went to seaworld in 1974 and saw Shamu. He did not seem like a happy orca. I will never go back I believe this is torture for these sea creatures and they deserve better! Let them go back to their families and quit lining your pockets at their expense.

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    145 days ago

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    were moving to California and my parents don’t understand this, they just want the kids to have fun and see the orcas and dolphins. also zoos. I don’t have a choice of not going or staying somewhere else while they go, they get mad at me because they think its notwhat I think.
    what do I do?

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      138 days ago

      VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


      Ask if you guys can go to a whale watching tour instead! It’s cheaper and cruelty-free. <3

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    334 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I went to SeaWorld last summer and had a blast watching the shows. Now that I know what they do I never want to go back. They are so cruel to these innocent animals

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    481 days ago

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    When I was a kid it was my dream to go to SeaWorld. But now? NO WAY. It’s awful how they treat their Orcas just to make a quick buck D: And I’m happy that I never got to go anyway now that I know my facts.

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    488 days ago

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    537 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I went to SeaWorld 3 times before seeing Blackfish, I will never go back. It’s a prison for dolphins! :(

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    566 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    #6, yikes..

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    576 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Any one of those reasons is enough to stay out of SeaWorld and free those innocent beings!

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