As an active participant in conservation, I enjoy going down to the beach to pick up trash. However, I don’t throw away everything that I find. In one case, I found a five gallon cat litter bucket on the beach, I kept it, … Continue reading
In December of 2015 I went to SeaWorld, and here is some of the footage I captured at the One Ocean killer whale show
Two orcas leaping into the night at one of SeaWorld’s nighttime killer whale shows. Picture by Snails2Whales.
Some people claim that the orcas at Sea World do not live near as long at Sea World as they would in the wild. Is this true? Actually, no one knows. Comparing the life spans of wild orcas and Sea World’s orcas can easily give misleading or false information.
Female orcas in the wild normally live about 30 years and males live about 19 years in the Pacific Northwest. In Southeastern Alaska females live into their fifties and males to their late thirties. So, in those two parts of the world male orcas live 19-30 years and females live 30-50 years. Sea World has several orcas in their thirties along with another that is close to fifty. Of course, in the wild, orcas live with the dangers of starvation, underground whaling, disease, injuries, and pollution. At Sea World, orcas don’t have to worry about starving, whaling or being polluted, and if they get sick or injured they receive expert care from vets.
So we can’t really know if Sea World’s orcas have the same life span as those in the wild. Some whales at Sea World have died at young ages, but that appears to be normal in the wild. In many parts of the world wild orca calves suddenly die at a few months old. This has also happened at Sea World, but for the most part Sea World’s orcas are living as long as wild ones.
Here are three facts about Sea World’s killer whales that Sea World critics don’t want you to know:
- Sea World does not capture killer whales from the ocean and hasn’t for over 35 years.
- Sea World sets the highest standard of care for marine mammals in the world
- Research shows that Sea World’s killer whales live as long as wild ones.
The next time someone tries to convince you that Sea World is cruel to its killer whales, be sure to tell him/her some of these facts.
Today’s Picture of the Week is a call to action! Legislation has been introduced in Congress, HR 4019 (Schiff, D-CA) that would end SeaWorld keeping killer whales in its care! SeaWorld’s killer whales (like Trua and Tilikum in the photo above) … Continue reading
Now that’s what I call a killer whale sized hug!
Sea World in San Diego, California is planning to build bigger and more sophisticated habitats for their killer whales. Before they can do so, however, Sea World in California must get permission from the California Coastal Commission. To send a … Continue reading
Sea World is now celebrating its Sea World Christmas Celebration. This is a photo from a night time orca show called Shamu’s Christmas Miracles. It’s a really great show that you should see if you’re planning a trip!