My Trip To SeaWorld, Orlando

After almost 8 months of writing a dissertation about SeaWorld and how they and those against them use social media, I visited SeaWorld, Orlando. Deciding whether to visit was something I grappled with for the best part of those 8 months and eventually I decided I wanted to, one last time.

Without doing a large amount of research, some parts of SeaWorld can be deemed good such as the manatee rehabilitation centre and the sea turtle programme. However all of SeaWorld needs to be this way, not just half.

There were two things at the park that really struck me: the first was the plastic lead with a hoop on the end used in a show so a performer was able to stand upright on two dolphin’s backs. The photo below shows the plastic hoop:

dolphin-show
Not mine. Link here 
While this photo doesn’t look particularly awful, when I watched this show, the dolphin was being forced to bend uncomfortably from holding the weight of the trainer on it’s nostrum.

The second thing I noticed at the park was the barren killer whale tank.  I was desperate to see  the killer whale tank (so much so I forced my family to go halfway round the park in the pouring rain – and I mean literally pouring). I wanted to see with my own eyes how big it was and what was actually in there rather than just through photos on the internet. It turns out, however, that the photos depict the truth. The tank was small, bare and without a doubt shocking.

Again, this image is not mine and I’m not sure which park this is or which whale but this shows the emptiness and size of the tank. The source for the image can be found here.

Society has ingrained us to think that keeping animals captive is okay because we enjoy it or because they are endangered but that’s not always the case. Some animals are suitable for captivity but some are just not. And the killer whale definitely isn’t. 

 

If you’d like to know more about my dissertation or share your thoughts on the SeaWorld debate, drop me a comment!

 

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “My Trip To SeaWorld, Orlando

  1. Always like to hear and read posts from people that go in blind to places like this and just decide for themselves how it all feels and whether it’s right or wrong. Yay on your dissertation by the way – kick back and relax for a bit now.

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  2. That small tank you speak of is one near the Dine with Shamu area and is HARDLY the actual size of the tanks. The orca in that picture looks super content…turning upside down and having fun with its visitors. I wish people know how dangerous it is to anthropomorphize animals.

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    1. The tank I’m talking about isn’t the Dine With Shamu one actually? I’m talking about the viewing area. The picture may be but I stated its not the one I was talking about. And I was mainly talking about the emptiness of the tank anyway. Also I haven’t anthropomorphised the whales at all? I’m just give my opinion on how the tanks looked.

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      1. Your opinion of the tank may not be how it actually is….that’s all I mean. It’s really easy to look at an animals enclosure and judge how they feel in there….and it’s really better if we try not to. Unless it’s literally disgusting and falling apart…then yes judge. But sea world habitats are really the best around.

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      2. Yeah that’s fair enough, everything on here is just my opinion and if people think differently that’s fine. Yeah no one has any idea how any animals feel but I didn’t comment on any of that. Yeah SeaWorld’s habitats are better than any other marine parks but that doesn’t make it good

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      3. I’m not saying everyone has to agree with animals being in captivity. But animals born in captivity really are perfectly happy. They have all the resources they need to live. They aren’t the same as their wild counterparts….especially the animals at sea world that breed with other animals born in captivity. That’s all.

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