The unsettling truth about SeaWorld

They portray themselves as an organization that cares for animals and teach others to do the same. However, their practices say otherwise

You must be familiar with SeaWorld even if you haven’t visited one.

They are a Unites states chain of marine mammal parks, oceanariums, animal theme parks, and rehabilitation centers

They have operations located in more than 5 states inside the United States and a few outsides, such as Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Their parks showcase different marine animals, but mainly killer whales, sea lions, dolphins.

SeaWorld has been a popular marine life park for many years. They Portray themselves as an organization that cares for animals and teaches others to do the same.

However, many are still unknown to the practices that go on behind the beloved Orca shows

Here are some truths about Sea World that’ll shed a light on their unsettling practices:

Orcas are kidnapped and sent to Sea World

Many Orcas currently at SeaWorld were allegedly kidnapped from their ocean homes. Orcas are kidnapped and separated from their mothers at the age as young as 2 years old.

Orcas are taken away from his natural environment because of injuries to be taken into rehabilitation —instead,  they have torn away from their pods against their will and confined to a small concrete tank.

Artificial Insemination

In their natural habitat, orcas choose their own mates. But at SeaWorld, they are forced to breed on a regular basis.

Male orcas are masturbated by trainers to collect their sperm and female Orcas are artificially inseminated and forced to breed at a very young age. 

Female orcas are treated as birth-giving machines and often bred with their own offsprings. 

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Trainer artificially inseminating an Orca with an ungloved hand

Confined in small concrete tanks

In the wild,  Orcas and dolphins swim up to a 100 miles a day.

SeaWorld confines their orcas in tanks that are equivalent to the size of a bathtub to them.

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Sea World in Orlando

The yellow circle is the parking area,  the red circle is SeaWorld’s artificial lake and the smallest circle blue lies their Orca tanks.

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Sea World in San Antonia: Artificial lake, Blue: Orca tank

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Sea World San Diego

Yellow: Parking, Blue: Orca Tank.

Lack of care for animals

In captivity, all male orcas have collapsed dorsal fins as adults (as opposed to the straight fins we see on orcas in the wild), which is a sign of an unhealthy orca. SeaWorld claims that this condition is absolutely common and natural for all orcas.

However, collapsed dorsal fins known to be the cause of unnatural environment in captivity. A very little number of Orcas are seen with a fully collapsed dorsal fin the wild.

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Orca with a collapsed dorsal fin at SeaWorld

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited SeaWorld Orlando for violating the Animal Welfare Act

In the previous years, SeaWorld Antonia has been warned by the USDA (The US Department of agriculture) of their repeated failure to provide drain covers that are meant to minimize the potential risk of animal entrapment.

Allegedly, a dozen expired surgical sutures were found in the park’s surgery room which can lead to life-threatening infections in the animals.

You can visit PETA‘s website for more insight on this issue.

According to their website,  animal rescue and rehabilitation has been the heart of SeaWorld.  

They are said to support conservation projects from across the globe, such as habitat protection and ocean health initiatives

But saving injured marine animals from the sea and putting them in a tank, not even quarter the size of their natural habitat seems quite contradictory.

Animal exploitation

When we see Orcas and other marine animals with their trainers in shows, we think they’re having the time of their life, but they’re actually in a very distressing situation.

They are being taken away from their natural habitat and being held captive for life in a cramped tank.

With 11 million visitors a year, it stands clear to assume SeaWorld is not putting an end to orca entrapment anytime soon.

But with the rise in awareness regarding animal cruelty, hopefully, more people will come to a sensible decision about whether or not to continue visiting these theme parks.

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