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7 Disturbing Videos Filmed by SeaWorld Visitors

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Posted September 22, 2014 by Kim Johnson

For years, animal rights activists and scientists have been talking about the negative effects that captivity has on highly intelligent and social animals such as orcas and dolphins. But now, it’s becoming more and more common that SeaWorld’s own visitors are witnessing these effects firsthand—and capturing this cruelty on film.

While performing a useless “trick,” this dolphin collided with another dolphin and was thrown from her tiny tank at SeaWorld San Antonio. She lay bleeding and helpless on the concrete as guests looked on.

This pilot whale struggled in shallow water for 25 minutes before a SeaWorld employee came to push him back into the water. Horrified guests screamed, “The dolphin—he’s stuck!”

This pilot whale struggled in shallow water for 25 minutes before a SeaWorld employee came to push him back into the water.

When a 12,000-pound predator is put into a small tank with humans, it’s not only unhealthy for the animal but also dangerous for humans. Here, SeaWorld trainer Ken Peters is in the jaws of Kasatka, an orca who was captured off the coast of Iceland in 1978.

Ken Peters, an orca trainer, is seen being pulled under water by an orca.

This orca, hopelessly confined to only 0.0001 percent of the space the animal would’ve had in nature, repeatedly banged his or her head on the concrete.

Stress and confinement at SeaWorld causes harmful repetitive behaviors.

This orca floats lifelessly while cruelly confined to a tiny concrete tank. In the wild, this orca would swim more than 100 miles a day and be in motion almost constantly.

This orca floats lifelessly while cruelly confined to a tiny concrete tank. In the wild, he or she would swim more than 100 miles a day and be in motion almost constantly.

This orca was filmed vomiting—a behavior that’s rarely seen in the wild.

This orca was filmed vomiting at SeaWorld—a behavior that's rarely seen in the wild.

This video shows a dolphin who bit a child at SeaWorld.

This video shows a dolphin who bit a child at SeaWorld.

How You Can Help 

These are all clips of incidents caught on tape by visitors at SeaWorld’s parks. If this is happening in front of the public, imagine what goes on behind closed doors. Never go to any SeaWorld park, and urge your family and friends to stay away, too. Remember: Every dollar spent at SeaWorld goes directly toward animal suffering.

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  • 511 days ago

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    I hate seaworld and hope they suffer for the abuse they inflict on these innocent sea creatures!

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    775 days ago

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    This is disgusting, i absolutely hate SeaWorld. Does anyone know the original sources for these gifs?

    • 139 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      @Maddiemoo: The full video of Ken Peters can be found on YouTube. I’m willing to bed the rest of these are on YouTube too.

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    802 days ago

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    How would these people feel if they were put in a small room forced to live their lives unnaturally, unhappy, and made to do tricks for creatures that scare them? Morals tell us that what they are doing is wrong, but their morals are twisted and the only correlation their “morals” have are with money…I truly hope people are seeing the truth for what it is now. We should never support these zoos and aquariums. They are a breeding ground for death and agony for these extremely intelligent animals.

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