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There has been a great amount of public debate on the subject of orca captivity in recent years, much of it spurred on by the release of the 2013 documentary Blackfish. However, a picture truly can paint a thousand words … and a thirteen-year-old artist named Megan Torisawa cut to the very heart of the issue with her heartbreaking illustration of an orca being pushed down to the very bottom of a fish bowl.

Megan, who lives in Canada, was moved to draw this picture after learning about the death of an orca named Unna, who passed away at SeaWorld San Antonio on December 21.

This Heartbreaking Picture by a 13-Year-Old Artist Shows Us Exactly Why Orcas Need to Be Free

 

 

Unna had been suffering from a resistant strain of fungus called Candida that did not respond well to treatment … and ultimately claimed her life, at the age of just 18 (she had been days away from her 19th birthday).

In the wild, orcas live in tightly bonded matrilineal pods, often composed of several different generations of the same family. They usually choose to spend their entire lives alongside their families and travel up to 100 miles a day through the open ocean. This makes them the most widely-ranging mammal on Earth. Their brains are between four to five times larger than ours while the lobes that deal with the processing of complex emotions are also significantly more advanced. The average life expectancy of a wild orca for males is 30 years old, but they have been known to live until 50 or 60; females have an average lifespan of 50 years, but can live much longer. Granny, the matriarch of a family known within whale-watching circles as J-Pod, for example, is believed to be about 104 years old!

Common problems experienced by captive orcas include unusual illnesses, a significantly shorter life expectancy, bouts of aggression against one another and against their trainers, abnormal repetitive behaviors, and depression. Male orcas often experience dorsal fin collapse, which is thought to be caused by a lack of exercise. As Megan so succinctly put it on Instagram: “Dorsal fins should never collapse!”

To learn more about how you can help the world’ 58 captive orcas, read this article. You can follow Megan’s work through her Instagram page.

Lead Image Source: Rojer/Flickr

In-text Image Source: Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project/Facebook



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26 comments on “Heartbreaking Drawing by a 13-Year-Old Artist Shows Us Why Orcas Need to Be Free”

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Sherry Hernandez
6 Months Ago

This is a beautiful depiction of an orca's experience in captivity. Inhumane and unnecessary. It's time to make a stand for all the cetaceans kept unjustly for the profit of big business. Sea pens and accredited sanctuaries would be far more humane than a fish bowl. Thought provoking art. Great job!


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Erika Plambeck
6 Months Ago

But isn't this the first ever death of an orca at sea world?? That's what I heard...


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Madelynn Ressler
6 Months Ago

Meerah Rosemary


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Debra Giles
6 Months Ago

Awesome pic


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6 Months Ago

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Magdalena Maria Kosko-nowak
6 Months Ago

straszne takie piekne zwierzęta w niewoli,trenowane...straszne,człowiek nie brzmi dumnie ...


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Alexandria Burbank
6 Months Ago

So sad.......


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Colleen Churchward
6 Months Ago

NO SET THE ORCAS FREE LET THEM HAVE THAT CHOICE 5HEIR FAMILIES HELP THEM SURVIVE.AND THATS WHERE THEY BELONG AND NEED TO BE. NOT IN A BLOODY FISH TANK FOR HUMANS TO STARE. NO MORE EXCUSES.... SET THEM FREE.


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Gail Emerson
6 Months Ago

So very sad!


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Ingrid Arencibia
6 Months Ago

Powerful drawing...It should go viral to increase awareness and make us stop all kinds of animal imprisonment


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