THIS IS A PICTURE OF AN ORCA.

Also known as a Killer Whale, actually they are not Whales but the largest member of the Porpoise family.

This picture is kept in a tank so small that it can not even turn around, this picture is a very social animal.

In the wild it lives in family pods and interacts with the family members with vocal calls and are very intelligent.

Their nic-name “Killer Whales” was given to them by the human whalers as often a harpooned Whale would be attacked and killed by pods of Orcas.

There has been no recorded incidence of an Orcas ever eating a human being. They only attack boats when being trapped or harassed and this to drive the boat away. They have been hunted some times by fishermen when it was suspected that their presents was causing poor fishing.

Just from seeing this picture you should feel that these animals should be protected and freed from the small pools they are being kept in!

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NOW, if you wanted to get all Native American the Orca is my animal spirit.

The recent news is tragic, there is a growing call for both the Orca the caused the death of its trainer to either be released or killed.

And that this same Orca was involved in two other deaths, the first was a home-less man who had after hours climbed into the tank. The cause of death was Hypothermia otherwise saying he got so cold his body shut down which would have happened whether there was an Orca in the tank or not.

The second was that of a trainer who had slipped and fell in then drowned.

This time around, you have a twenty two foot long and twelve ton animal in a small pool.

That when the trainer’s ponytail fell into the Orca’s face it reacted by grabbing the hair and retreating pull the trainer in. The effect was like a marble in a tin can and sadly the trainer was injured and drowned.

Should the Orca be killed?

No, despite the name Orca are not aggressive toward human by nature .

They are under stress in captivity, they are never kept in a pool big enough and these are an animal that swims the Oceans large and free expanses. They are highly social animals often living in pods that can count up to thirty members.

The males dorsal fin can tower six feet and one of the side effects of captivity is that their fin sags and folds over because there is not enough depth to hold it up and the cartilage can not support the fin.

this is only one of the effects of captivity upon the Orca along with the mental and physical effects.

In general they receive the up-most of care medical and mental.

But to kill this animal in response to the death and blame this animal is to blame a maltreated dog for biting.

Those that work with such animals are well aware of the possible danger and knows it can happen.

For the most part working with these animals does not result in serious injury or death.

Release is not possible, this animal has been in captivity for so long it is not a realistic thought that it could adapt to going back to the wild. It has became so use to human contact there is no natural fear left in it.

It even looks to humans for its food and more then likely would also in the wild look to humans for food rather then hunting.

with all the downfalls of keeping such animals in captivity of what good comes from it?

Simply, we human beings are self centered in our thought processes.

Thinks are not real less we can actually see them for ourselves.

Up thread I related the tale as if it is the picture that is suffering the plight that the actual Orca does in captivity. The two dimensional, nonliving image of an animal that you may have never seen or heard of before. Expressing concern and thought about that image and suggesting you too should have such concerns and thoughts.

That is often how we perceive and think about animals we never see in real life.

It is hard to have concern and thoughts of something that to us is not more real then a two dimensional image.

Before it closed in Dallas I had a dream come true, I got to see an Orca in real life.

Every year it was something I looked forward to going to see the Sea lions at the Independence Kansas zoo.

Forget the rides, I loved going to World of fun to see the Dolphins.

Any chance for a Kansas boy to see real live sea animals!

Sadly once I got older the reality hit home, the Sea Lions do not live long in captivity.

And were often replace because of the number of death.

But my point, actually seeing the live animals made us more aware that they are actual creatures out there.

If my son is in Washington long enough for me to finally have the money to visit.

I will go to the Puget sound in the hopes of seeing wild Orcas.

These animals in captivity allows us to make the plight of their species real to us.

Cruelly this also often means those in captivity are nothing more than a sacrifice to allow for us to care about the fate of all their relatives we do not see. In a sense saving them by the ill effects of captivity.

We often do not care until we are shown that there is something that is worth us caring about.

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  1. indypendent

    While I give the Sea World company credit for educating the public about all sea creatures, I have to wonder at what cost. Not to us but to the sea creatures themselves?

    I’ve been privileged to go to several Sea World parks and I enjoyed the Shamu show, as well as all the other shows.

    I also think that we as humans need to respect the laws of nature and if we truly want to only educate the public about all sea creatures, then we need to realize all the dangers involved. And I think the workers themselves do realize the dangers and glady accept the situation.

    This particular Orca does not deserve to be euthanized – in my opinion – because it was only doing what Orcas do – react to their environment.

  2. tosmarttobegop

    Since posting this I thought of another example of what I am trying to point out.

    Do you believe in Bigfoot?

    There are pictures of what is said to be Bigfoot.

    There are recording of what is said to be Bigfoot.

    There are even plaster casts of what is said to be Bigfoot foot prints.

    The only way to make the existence of Bigfoot real to most people is for them to actually see one.

    I know what effect that captivity has on many of these animals it all seems cruel and harsh.
    It is easy to see it as for no other reason then to entertain people and the cost is the unhappiness and early death of these animals.

    It would be better if people would go to the Puget Sound and watch them in nature.
    But most will not and only think of them like they think of how real is Bigfoot.

    I will relate the following and it also explain it too.

    when ever I heard that someone thought the world is against them.
    I say in order for the world to be against them the world would have to acknowledge that they exist.
    Which the world does not, no one in China, Russian or almost any other country even knows you are alive.

    But likewise, in order for the world to be for you it has to acknowledge that you exist!

  3. PrairiePond

    Ya know, as a farmer, I struggle with this issue all the time. Especially with a vegetarian girlfriend.

    I remind her that if people like me didnt keep chickens and cattle, those critters wouldnt exist. They dont do well in “the wild”. They need care and attention.

    So if I care for them well, provide them with cold fresh water, high quality food, protection from predators and the elements, nurse them when they are ill, and keep them in clean and roomy quarters… It’s a better life than a certain death they would face if left on their own.

    Of course, had they not been domesticated centuries ago, they could have evolved into a more sturdy animal able to live in the wild. But if there was not a market for chicks and calves today, none of my critters would have ever been born!

    Those are certainly different issues though than capturing an animal from the wild and holding it captive. Its bred for living in the wild and doesnt NEED human intervention to survive.

    Humans must be the nastiest animals ever created. We enslave the other creatures, treat them shamefully, and then crap in our own nests. And theirs.

    Sigh. Some days, I’d much rather cop to being a dog than a human!

    • Zippy

      Darwin observed just how much random cruelty there is in nature. We just happen to have the conceit of being above it.

      Perhaps the fact that we can self-examine and rise above our own cruelty is a good sign for the future, but we’re far from unique from other animals in that regard.

      The facts that we evolved into a cooperative relationship with dogs gives me hope (though I notice the coyotes pretty much leave us the hell alone! — when we’re in groups, anyway. . .).

      • PrairiePond

        HA!

        Coyotes leave us alone out here pretty much all the time, groups or no. There are tons of them out here, and I bet in the last nine years I’ve only seen 4 or 5. And a couple of them were dead of lead poisoning when I saw them!

        The evidence of the growing coyote population is seen in the demise of the jack rabbit. We have plenty of cottontail bunnies, just ask any gardener, but the big, long eared, long legged jacks are getting hard to find. That’s just happened in the last few years.

        It’s going to take humans a long time to get the dominionist urge out of their systems. We can even stop them from acting to dominate other humans, much less animals!

  4. Thunderchild

    “It would be better if people would go to the Puget Sound and watch them in nature.”

    Yes, it would. But that is just not a practical way to reach the human population as to these most magnificent of creatures. As we know, it is very easy for people to not care about what they have not met.

    They don’t have the best existence, I grant that, I’ve seen it. And it is offensive that a commercial enterprise makes money off of them. But SeaWorld does GOOD wildlife works too.

    Having seen them in San Diego 21 years ago, I have come to think of these creatures as ambassadors for their species. Just as I think of animals confined in zoos as ambassadors. In fact, it is largely due to exposure to these animals at Sea World that resulted in the public outcry to end wild capture of them.

    And for Tilly and his trainer? The whale meant no harm. And the trainer died doing the thing she loved and wanted to do since she was a small child. She could just as easily have died in some much more meaningless accident.