No breakfast in bed. No flowers. Mother’s Day is just another day in hell for mother orcas and their offspring trapped at SeaWorld.
Did you know? Orcas form strong bonds with their families, just like humans do. In the wild, they spend their entire lives in close-knit pods of up to 30 other orcas. Young females learn how to care for their future children by experiencing their own moms’ care. At SeaWorld, these natural family traditions are stripped away from them.
SeaWorld has abducted baby orcas from their mothers, forced them to live in tiny tanks, and restricted their food so that they’ll perform meaningless tricks for screaming crowds.
Here are just a few orcas’ stories, all of which prove that SeaWorld is hell on earth for mothers and their offspring.
Corky has been in captivity for 48 years and has been SeaWorld’s prisoner for 30 of them. The day she was captured from her ocean home, her mom had no idea that she’d never see her baby again. In order to make money, her former captor bred Corky seven times—six times with her own cousin. All seven of her babies died, and all before they were 2 months old.
Born in captivity in Orlando, Florida, orca Ikaika was separated from his mother by SeaWorld at just 4 years old. He was shipped to Canada, then moved to San Diego a few years later.
Kalina and Skyla
Kalina, the original “Baby Shamu,” was the first orca born in captivity to survive to adulthood. SeaWorld tore her away from her mom at age 4. When Kalina’s baby, Skyla, was only 2 years old, she was torn away from her mother, too, and shipped off like a parcel to Spain. Kalina died from septicemia in 2010.
Kasatka, Takara, and Kyara
Highlighting the strong mother-child bond that wild orcas typically share, Takara’s mother, Kasatka, reportedly helped her deliver her first baby. SeaWorld then separated the pair. Kasatka died in 2017—click here to read more about her real-life horror story.
— peta2 (@peta2) April 20, 2017
Takara was the last pregnant orca at SeaWorld. She was inseminated, separated from her babies, and dragged from park to park.
— peta2 (@peta2) July 24, 2017
Her last baby, Kyara (the last orca to be born at SeaWorld parks), died at only 3 months old. We urged SeaWorld to release both of them to seaside sanctuaries, but it didn’t listen.
— peta2 (@peta2) July 24, 2017
Kyara never got to experience the natural ocean waves—all she ever knew was a small, cramped, chemically treated tank.
Katerina and Katina
It looks so painful ? TEXT to help send Katina & other orcas to seaside sanctuaries ?? pic.twitter.com/ovgGASxzXi
— peta2 (@peta2) April 9, 2018
Katina was captured from her ocean home and torn away from her family. She gave birth to Katerina, and the mother-daughter pair were separated two years later. Katerina died before she turned 11. Katina, who has had seven babies in SeaWorld’s tanks—only two of whom survived to adulthood—still languishes at SeaWorld Orlando, where she has recently been photographed with a split-open dorsal fin.
Kayla and Halyn
SeaWorld separated Kayla from her mother and shipped her to different parks all over the United States. Kayla rejected her own baby, Halyn—likely because Kayla grew up in captivity and never learned how to be a nurturing, caring mother. Halyn died when she was just 2 years old.
Keet was separated from his mother when he was only 1 year old. SeaWorld then began shipping him from park to park around the country.
SeaWorld took Keto from his mom at age 3. He suffered at every SeaWorld park before his captivity-induced aggression led him to kill a trainer at Loro Parque in Spain.
SeaWorld separated Kohana from her mother at 3 years old. Heartbreakingly, they now live on different continents.
Orkid watched her mom die. Blood poured out of her mouth and blowhole for 45 minutes after a fight with another orca.
Splash was taken from his mother and shipped to SeaWorld San Diego when he was just 2 years old. It’s suspected that he died from gastrointestinal complications that may have resulted from consuming huge quantities of sand that came through his tank’s filtration system, something that trainers noted him doing often.
Sumar’s mom attacked him during a SeaWorld show, likely because of the stress of captivity—if she’d been in the wild, she would have learned how to care for her calves. Sumar died in captivity in 2010.
Taku and his mother spent 13 years together. He died less than a year after SeaWorld tore them apart. Shockingly, SeaWorld let the mother and son duo mate with each other, resulting in the birth of a calf. What ? the ? f**k ?
Tekoa was separated from her mom and shipped to Texas and then to Loro Parque in Spain, where she still floats listlessly in a concrete tank.
SeaWorld shipped Trua’s mother away from him after just three years together. They were then reunited—and separated again after another year.
Unna and her mother, Katina (the orca who sustained the awful dorsal fin injury this year), spent six years suffering together at SeaWorld Orlando before they were separated. Unna is now dead.
Now that you know SeaWorld is hell on Earth for mothers, isn’t this tweet ridiculous?
— SeaWorld (@SeaWorld) January 15, 2014
Speak up for mothers and babies who are separated by or trapped at SeaWorld! Never visit a marine abusement park, and share this post with everyone you know.