Marine parks are not going to get rid of their captive killer whales, no matter how many trainers or whales are killed or injured along the way. We need to understand that.
The entertainment parks make way too much money from the public visitors who buy high-priced tickets to see and get splashed and thrilled up close and personal by these enormous marine predators.
This was the third time the orca that killed his trainer on Wednesday had been involved in killing a human. Will it happen again? We won’t know that until it happens, but it probably will.
According to Wikipedia, there are presently 42 orcas in captivity in North and South America, Europe and Japan. There have reportedly been 23 attacks by captive orcas on humans over the years.
Wednesday’s attack once again raises the issue of whether these intelligent and social marine mammals, whose natural world is the ocean, should be kept in captivity, jammed into their tiny tanks in solitary confinement.
It’s time to stop parading these huge intelligent beings in front of the world as our pets. We need to return them to the sea where they belong and leave them free to swim and socialize with other orcas as is their nature. Regardless of what they would have you believe, marine parks are not their natural world … the ocean is.
But you and I know it isn’t going to happen. Sad. /Gary