Killer Whales In Captivity Essay

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After watching several documentaries on how poorly killer whales are treated in captivity, it drew me into researching more information on the treatment of Killer whales that are kept in captivity. I found several scientific journals, and articles on wild life facts of killer whales and I found published books on the treatment of killer whales in captivity. The information I found includes both wild killer whales and killer whales kept in captivity. With the information I found, I plan to prove the shortened lifespan and health problems killer whales get while living in captivity are not normal. In fact the information you learned about killer whales from aquariums and commercial parks are ...view middle of the document...

” (Kirby 213) Diet has the biggest effects on any animal’s body including humans. The diet the killer whales are forced to live with, I believe has the biggest effect on the whales’ shortened life spans. Killer whales have an “Average life span [of] 50 to 80 years.” (Killer) “Eight killer whales had died at SeaWorld in the past five years, Grady continued wild whales lived 50 to 80 years; Captive orcas rarely made it pass thirty. SeaWorld officials dispute the 50 to 80 years life span and say it is closer to 30 or 35 years…” (Kirby 123)

What most people do not know is that killer whales communicate using dialect within their own pods. “Killer whale pods are based on the lineage of the mother (mothers, daughters, and sons form groups); the whales live and travel with their mothers even after they are full-grown, forming strongly matriarchal whale societies.” (National) “Within each pod there is social order.”(Arnold 9) Killer Whales “…make a wide variety of communicative sounds, and each pod has distinctive noises that its members will recognize even at a distance. They use echolocation to communicate and hunt, making sounds that travel underwater until they encounter objects, then bounce back, revealing their location, size, and shape.”(Killer) The communication of killer whales is so diverse
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and complicated. Fishermen fish for killer whales than sell the whales they capture. Once they are sold whales from different pods are dumped into a concrete pools. “The Blackstone Group, with headquarters in New York City, is the parent company of the three SeaWorlds since they purchased them in late 2009. They have in their possession animals that were forcefully taken from their family pods” (Save) The whales cannot communicate which each other, and leaders of different pods find themselves in the same pool. When leaders of different pods are put in the same pool conflict seems to arise. Killer whales in captivity are known to be aggressive towards one another and their trainers. “SeaWorld officials following the killing of Dawn Brancheau one of SeaWorld’s best trainers, during a live performance in 2010. The performing whale, Tilikum, had, as it turns out, already killed two other people while in captivity.” (Rainer) Some other incidents include “19-year-old male Bingo pushed his trainer through and under water during a show.”, And “A trainer at the Loro Parque theme park on Tenerife is in hospital after she was injured this weekend during a training session with 6-year-old male Tekoa at the centre in Puerto de la Cruz. The Canarias 7 newspaper says the incident happened at the pre-show warm up on Saturday, when the orca crashed into the trainer, injuring her right lung and breaking her forearm in two places. She was rescued by two colleagues after the marine mammal dragged her down to the bottom of the pool. The trainer is now said to be stable after surgery on Saturday. Later it becomes know that the injured trainer is 29-year-old...

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