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In 2013, the documentary Blackfish enlightened and infuriated people when it revealed the truth about marine parks and the miserable lives of orcas held in captivity. Through the story of Tilikum, the bull orca infamous for killing Sea World trainer Dawn Brancheau, the world learned of the plight of these majestic animals. In contrast to their scary moniker, the film revealed “killer whales” to be intelligent, curious, sensitive animals, totally unsuited to life in captivity.

We know orcas don’t belong in captivity, but here are 10 amazing things you might not know about these extraordinary animals.

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A Sad Reality

Despite overwhelming evidence that orcas are one of the most intelligent and complex animals in the world, many are being held prisoner and forced to perform ridiculous tricks at marine parks throughout the world. Learn more about some of the orcas being held in captivity and what you can do to help by checking out this article.

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7 comments on “Orcas Are More Emotionally Complex Than Humans, and Other Facts About These Awesome Mammals”

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Sid Mao
2 Years Ago

I agree they dont belong in tank, they free to roam here where i live.


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Melanie Rose McKenzie
2 Years Ago

Love these intelligent giants. I would love to go whale watching sometime. I refuse to see them in cement tanks.....just so heart breaking :-(


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Yvonne Robertson
2 Years Ago

So we put them in little cement pools! How much sense does that make?!?!


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Deb Odierna
2 Years Ago

which is why they don't belong in big tanks for the public to ooh and ahh at :(


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Lorin Hutton
2 Years Ago

Must be very complex then


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Ariel Gail MacLean
2 Years Ago

Why doesn\'t this article address the many reports that whale species in the Pacific Ocean have stop breeding and/or babies are being stillborn, born with birth defects, etc. in the most recent years since Fukushima?? Governments around the world are suppressing reports of radiation damage to ling things (all species inc humans) and it is up to private organizations and independent investigative journalists to research and report what is actually going on. Unfortunately, our mainstream nature organizations have sold out to corporate interests and/or are being squelched by corporate interests, and free agent scientists lack the funding and infrastructure to get to the bottom of the true story. Be advised Citizens of the World, we are NOT informed, and this destruction of the planet and our only planet\'s capacity to sustain LIFE is being destroyed, and this is happening ON OUR WATCH.


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Corrine Henn
16 Nov 2014

This article focused specifically on orcas and the documentary Blackfish, diving into wild whale species and the difficulties they\'re currently facing would be best suited for another piece entirely. Keep checking back, I\'m sure OGP will come up with something soon related to your suggestion.



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