A popular discussion that seems to have made its way through all levels of social media is the animal cruelty going on at Seaworld. For young children, it’s exciting. A big beautiful animal that you can’t see anywhere else! But I am yet to find anything good about it. They don’t even use their insane income to help the ocean, about $0.5 per ticket goes to ocean conservation efforts. Glad to see their helping maintain the place they stole their orcas from!
For me, the realisation of how devastatingly awful this place is started with watching the doctumentary Blackfish, which mainly followed the story of one whale Tilikum. Tilikum was responsible for the death of 2 females, and yet this has been put down to an act of aggression and not his distress at being kept confined for almost his entire life. And he’s still there.
Seaworld knew of the previous death caused by Tilikum before taking him on, and yet they still allowed their trainers to be in the water with him without them having any knowledge of his violent behaviour. All Tilikum does now is lie still in a tank the size of a bathtub comparable to his size. The car park is larger than the tanks.