The Importance Of Orcas In Captivity

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Orcas in captivity should be placed in a bigger pool to be taught how to survive in the wild then be set free to live in the wild for the rest of their lives. The orcas cannot be thrown in the ocean and survive because they do not know how to live in the wild after being kept in captivity their whole lives. They should be able to live a long and healthy life without having to please people by performing and living in small pools. Orcas are born in the wild and need to be kept there. These animals are too big to try and keep in captivity. It takes a lot of money, time, and work to care for the captive orcas. “SeaWorld points out that it hasn’t removed a killer whale from the oceans in more than 35 years” (Raja 2). Even if SeaWorld has not actually …show more content…
Sometimes the young orcas are removed from its mother causing stress and heartbreak on the mother as well as her calf. They also do not have much room to swim around and play with one another. Orcas are meant to be wild, free animals. They should have never been caught for human entertainment. “Captive marine mammals frolicking and doing tricks for crowds of humans – it’s a make-believe vision of what the ocean might look if it were designed by Walt Disney” (Palmer 2). This should not be the life of these poor animals. They need to be kept and left in the wide open spaces of the oceans to be happy and healthy. An animal of this size needs plenty of room to be able to live happily. They aren’t able to experience the oceans like they are supposed to because people capture them for our …show more content…
Garret says, “they have lifespans very similar to human life spans. The females can live to about 100, maybe more – males to about 50 or 60” (Blackfish). Wild orcas are said to live anywhere from fifty to one hundred years. SeaWorld claims “The most recent study on life expectancy of southern resident killer whales is that females live between 30 and 46 years and males 19 to 31 years” (“Truth about Blackfish” 13). This study of life expectancy seems to be a little low. Captive orcas are obviously going to live a shorter life than those in the wild. They are more stressed and have a harder life. Being in a small pool every day of their lives can stress them out. There is no room to swim or barely enough space to turn around. They are only treated as entertainment and not as an

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