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No matter how you look at it, orcas do not belong in captivity. It has been proven that these animals experience frustration and suffer emotionally and physically when kept in tanks the size of a fish bowl. Sadly, we’ve learned this hard lesson too many times, in the form of trainers who have been injured or even killed by captive whales. In the wild, there is no recorded evidence that an orca has ever attacked a person – but the same cannot be said for captive whales.

Marine parks often claim they use these animals for “educational purposes,” in addition to providing entertainment for guests. But that “educational” element is quickly undermined when we realize that the orca behavior is so drastically changed once they are imprisoned in an unnatural environment. In the end, the only thing we learn from captive orcas is that orcas don’t belong in captivity.

That fact is wonderfully illustrated in the video above, which was posted on Charles Harmer’s Facebook page. Here we see a curious orca is in its natural habitat, free to engage with the human visitors for as long as the animal feels like. Could anyone ever see that much of an orca’s true nature and behavior in an aquarium? Doubtful.

This is truly how we should learn about marine mammals – in the wild.

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1 Years Ago

While I agree these orca tanks are too small, I will miss them. I have yet to read one article so stating beyond doubt that those trainers killed were because of an act of aggression from the whale rather than \'come play with me\'. Does anyone believe the whales knew Thier trainer could not breath like them. I have often wondered if they could be placed back into the wild to find their original pod. I read somewhere that that was the basis for the free willy movies.

1 Years Ago

is it not true about humans when we lock them up in a cell the size of a fish bowl that humans will start to have emotional and physical problem? Are we going to release all the prisoners now? Some one must be using the jails for educational purposes.
ALL an All I love the ocean and every time I go diving I respect the fish and other creatures I come across. As much As I would like to pet a shark while diving I will not for my safety and for the shark\'s safety as well.

Brandon Anderson
1 Years Ago

Everything said about captivity is true. However, one should never stick their hand in the water when there are wild animals around. These are still wild animals, and all it takes is one incident, or one mistake on the part of the orca to blow up into a world wide case. Also the orcas where displaying open mouth behavior which is done to make themselves look more threatening. Use common sense.


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