Captivity Of The Sea Essay

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Wild animals belong, just as suggested in the name, in the wild. Such a concept includes our friends from the Sea. Despite what seems to be common sense to leave wild animals be in their natural environment, humans have more often than not put themselves first. We have decided as a society in order to love wild animals we must capture them and keep them captive in an unnatural environment. Rather in SeaWorld’s case they choose to hold captive great creatures of the sea. It has been said SeaWorld rescues their animals and provides for them a safe home. Perhaps some of these animals were saved, yet their largest attraction originally never needed rescuing. The great Killer Whale, is SeaWorld’s ...view middle of the document...

One of these realities being the reasoning behind disgusting disposal of the calves that did not make it through the traumatic experience of being captured. Crowe explains he and his crew were instructed to take the three dead calves and cut them open, fill them with rocks, tie an anchor to their tales, and sink them. Crowe was under the impression this method of disposal was a result of avoiding negative PR, however later realized the disparaging disposal was in fact the outcome of avoiding legal ramifications to their illegal whale hunting. The legal system soon put a halt to SeaWorld’s illegal activity. Blackfish enlightens the viewer, in 1976 it was court ordered in Washington to stop the whale hunting. SeaWorld was addressed by name and told to leave forever. Despite Washington’s court order, Sea World did not even skip a beat and headed straight for Iceland.
Fast forward to 1983, the great Tilikum is captured at the age of two with a length of 11.5 feet. Tilikum traveled from the North Atlantic to Victoria, British Columbia to his first “home” in captivity, Sealand. Tilikum’s new home was simply a net in a marina with a float around it. Yet at night Tilikum and the other whales were each coerced into a floating steel box merely a size of 20 feet across and 30 feet deep. These magnificent creatures remained in these floating metal pods from 5 in the evening to 7 in the morning the following day. As stated in Blackfish, such captivity would lead to psychosis and would create a hair trigger situation in which the whale could kill. On February 20th 1991 that trigger was pulled when 20 year old Sealand trainer Keltie Byrne’s slipped into the pool. Tilikum grabbed hold of Keltie’s boot on her way out of the pool and pulled her back in for a thrashing. After continuous failed attempts to retrieve Keltie alive, they were finally able to retrieve her lifeless body from the pool. Sealand promptly followed this tragedy up with closing the park. Nonetheless Tilikum remained blameless and still worth millions of dollars. SeaWorld possessed the funds to purchase Tilikum, and so off to Florida he went.
Tilikum’s “acting out” would not end in British Columbia. Blackfish highlights the 1991 vaguely reported attack and death by Tilikum of a 27 year old, Daniel Dukes at the Orlando SeaWorld. Daniel’s body was found in the morning lying naked and lifeless draped over Tilikum as he swam in the pool, parading the mangled body around. Despite the vast amount of security and cameras on SeaWorld premises, the attack went “unwitnessed” hence giving SeaWorld the reins on spinning the story however they like. They chose to paint the 27 year old as a deranged weirdo who snuck into the pool to have a...

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