So, I am against the captivity of pretty much all animals, much less large Ocean Predetors... But once again, "Shamu" killed one of it's trainers. This time it looks completely premeditated... I feel terrible for the trainers, but when are we going to cut the sh** and stop pretending that "KILLER" whales are safe to play with....
This article just hits me close to home because the SD sea world is like 1/2 mile from my home. I hear the seals and other sea life making crazy loud noises all night long... I love all those animals, but at the same time... come one people.... come on....
agreed "killer" whales.
Not "Fluffy, Freindly" whales.
feel bad for the families too.
Did they watch the movie "ORCA?"-great flick
These animals are just too big and too smart for captivity ( most animals fall into this category ).
I saw the show while I was in SD.-been there done that. I wish I didnt support it though.
again "Killer" whales.
Do not act so suprised when it happens. Freind of mine said- "Just take a Great White, add about 10-20 feet , a larger more complex brain and lungs instead of gills."
anyone who thinks that these animals aren't intelligent & self-aware (ie: sentient) is either a moron or has never come into contact w/ them.
one of the most humbling things that has ever happened to me happened while i was lifeguarding on long beach island, nj...i was out on a paddleboard, maybe 75 yards out, when i was suddenly surrounded by a pod of dolphins. it was cool as $#!t....there were babies, young dolphins, older ones, all checking me out, & i them. it began to go south when one baby got *too* curious & came too near to me for his mother's taste...she moved so fast! before i could even change direction, she was between her kid & the board, so close i could smell the fishiness of her breath & see the warning look in her eye. it clearly said, "do NOT f###k w/ baby or something horrible will happen to you." while all this was happening, mr. alpha male, or daddy, or both, made his way over. now, mama was a full grown critter...6-7ft of sleek, grey, hydrodynamic muscle. papa, on the other hand, made mama look like a midget. he was HUGE!! nearly as long as the 10'6" rescue board i was on, & weighed easily 4x as much. if he'd gotten pissed, i wouldn't have had a snowball's chance in hell of surviving.
so yea...no reason for these guys to be in captivity. it's a full-time job just keeping my parrot entertained, & she's no where near the size of a killer whale, & prob. not as smart (tho her intelligence & problem-solving skills stun me daily).
These animals shouldn't be in captivity, period. I'm sorry for the trainer's family, but **** happens when you cage very wild creatures. This should serve as a reminder that undomesticated animals should be left the f*ck alone.