Aveneu Park, Starling, Australia

Have dorsal fins, due to feeding them

Have you ever been to SeaWorld and saw the killer whales doing shows? Well, those whales were most likely split apart from their families, drugged, and forced to do it. When the killer whales are in SeaWorld or zoos they can get collapsed dorsal fins, due to feeding them the wrong food, and stress from the small tanks. But, you may say that the people are saving them from being endangered, but they are doing quite the opposite.In 1961, the first killer whale was captured, and since then 145 more have been put into captivity and 90% of them have died at a very young age. More orcas die in captivity than if they live freely in the ocean. According to the article, SeaWorld Says It Has to Keep Orcas in Captivity to Save Them it states, “They breed fine. It’s surviving once they are born, in a degraded habitat, that is their problem.” In fact, 33 orcas have been born in captivity lasting only about  9 to 12 years, when in the wild they can live an average of 40 to 60 years.           Most adult male orcas in SeaWorld have collapsed dorsal fins which is a sign of an unhealthy or injured orca, in fact it is very rare that it happens in the wild. The males often have taller dorsal fins that can grow up to 6 feet tall, so they have a better chance of getting collapsed fins; compared to the females which fins can grow up to 3 to 4 feet, so they don’t get them that often. The collapsed dorsal fins are caused by feeding them the wrong food such as thawed fish, gelatin, or even stress from the small tanks, and the wrong temperature water. On the other hand you may think that SeaWorld is saving the whales, but really it is quite the opposite. They might be becoming endangered and SeaWorld wants to capture them and help the whales, but that isn’t doing any good to the whales. You also may say that the orcas in SeaWorld put on shows, but the workers have to drug the orcas into playing, and swimming for a show. Knowing this now, I would not visit or go to see the orcas shows.

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