Ya Know What Really Gets Me! Input please?
I do not believe any marine mammals should be in captivity-
Sea Lions and Seals are just as intelligent if not more intelligent than humans! We watched a special where researchers provided props for these marine mammals and expected them to figure out what the researchers were desiring them to. The humans were unable to
verbally explain to them what they wanted….yet these marine mammals were able to figure it, at a pretty rapid speed I might add.
The test was taken to the streets to see if humans could also figure out what was expected of them without being told. The majority of the humans failed miserably.
This test was not consistent either- they switched up the pattern and yet the sea lions and seals figured it out very rapidly. Yet once again the humans failed miserably.
I often wonder if certain Marine mammals have psychic abilities or are able to communicate through telepathy.
I could see how marine mammals could figure out what is expected of them if they were able to peek into our minds, picking up on the images.
The evidence is provided to us- it is up to us to choose to see this evidence…..Why do so many people have such a different sense of caring than others??
I was raised in the desert, my parents never took me to see marine mammals in captivity, EVER. I, myself, as an adult just find it absurd to observe whales & dolphins in captivity.
I just recently found 4 pictures that were taken at SeaWorld Southern California back in the early 90′s. I assumed they were my partner’s. After she viewed them she stated to me they WERE NOT her pics. She kept insisting that they were mine. I had mentioned about going to San Diego back in the 90′s many years back to her. I argued with her that I would remember if I took those pics. I would remember seeing & being at SeaWorld. There was no way they were my pics-
Guess what they were my photo’s- what an impact seeing the killer whales shows at SeaWorld had on me! I totally forgot even being there.
I still do not remember seeing the whales. I only remember standing out in front waiting to go in and also drinking from one of those plastic Shamu cups.
I have so much respect for wild life and it had NOTHING to do with SeaWorld keeping animals in captivity! Not this time SeaWorld will you get credit for inspiring the love of whales & dolphins through your “positive” efforts.
My respect came from my parents teaching me to be a decent human being. I was not raised to be an activist……it never even crossed my mind that I would be here right now writing to my fellow brothers and sisters asking them to help whales & dolphins in captivity…. I am though.
I like so many others “believed” SeaWorld only had the whales & dolphins living in captivity due to not being able to be released back out into the wild due to injuries caused my natural incidents. I had no idea they had a captive breeding program….I had no idea how many whales have died at the hands of SeaWorld. I trusted in good faith they were preserving our wild life.
I was deceived….what a fool I was. Now I am not happy to find out these mammals did not HAVE to be in captivity. I am not happy SeaWorld drove certain pods into a threatened state, which have still not fully recovered, just so they could have “killer whales”.
I recently found this statement in an article written in the San Diego Entertainer Magazine after the death of Sumar, a 12 year old killer whale at SeaWorld San Diego -
Aside from the grief it has caused, the whale’s death complicates already difficult issues for the company, which relies on public support of keeping orcas in captivity and breeding them. With the increase of incidents related to confining orcas in private pools in the past year, that public support is on the decline, and skepticism about whether large pools at entertainment parks provide healthy environments for the normally nomadic orcas is increasing.
I have a problem with this sentence -
With the increase of incidents related to confining orcas in private pools in the past year
Isolating Orcas is just pure torture- These majestic creatures are so socially bonded in the wild- a family NEVER abandons one of their own pod members, ever. If you watch the news clips of Sumar being lifted into the sling to be taken away….you will see one whale (Orkid) refused to leave his side and Corky swam in circles in the outer pool, isolated away from Sumar. She raised Sumar, that was essentially her adopted son.
They were stressed and basically in a nut shell SeaWorld claims all the time their whales are not stressed and live very happy lives. This is just trying to display a god like complex, to me. Animals get stressed…. it is part of them, their DNA. This feeling can not be taken away by SeaWorld!
Trying to shove down my throat whales are happy swimming in circles all day, deprived of their natural right to hunt live food or sharing in a fresh killed meal with their entire pod is not working, yet they are HAPPY.
If SeaWorld’s whales & dolphins are so happy than why do they attack their trainers? They trainers should be seen as pod members, this is what SeaWorld tells us. Well in the wild pod members never get attacked by their own family members.
Why can trainers only spend such little time working with the whales, about 10 minutes is the average time before it starts to run into being too long. In the wild pods play for hours sometime. Members of the pods again are very socially bonded they would never turn on one of their
own pod members.
In the 45 years SeaWorld has had the whales not much has changed. They still are very limited with water works including time spent in the water. Trainers should by this point be able to spend hours in the water with
these whales, why not?
Trainers still need to use food for the main positive reinforcement part of training. I used food reinforcement to train my puppy, who is now an adult. She does not need food to do what I ask of her any longer. SeaWorld has whales in captivity that have been there for 30 years and they still have to come out with that bucket of fish & ice to get the show finished. I would love to see trainers conduct the show with NO bucket of fish, finish the show and then feed the whales.
Meal time, should be just that…time to enjoy a basic necessity. These poor whales have to get there food between tricks! Meal time is combined with performance – That is like you eating EVERY meal while working at the same time. No more sitting at the table with your family enjoying a basic necessity with them.
Ya know why is it so difficult for people to see this?
The effects of Captivity turned me into an Anti- Cap!SeaWorld & all those other marine parks have no one to blame but themselves. Greedy hands took from nature something that was never theirs to begin with!