“Imagine if the world you lived in, the space you breathed in, and the freedom you played in were suddenly taken away from you.” (Free Willy)
Orca whales are the largest members of the dolphin family. Orcas are very curious creatures, they like to sky hop, which is when they poke their heads out of the water and look around, and they can also dive to as much as a hundred feet. These social animals live in pods and stay with them for their whole lives. They are so family oriented that they can may sleep together in a tight circle and have synchronized breathing. Orcas can grow up to thirty-two feet and can weigh nine tons. They typically eat five percent of their body weight and are amazing hunters. The lifespan of an orca in their natural habitat is about fifty years. This lifestyle for them is wonderful because they can swim as far as they want to and are free. Orcas should not be held captive because the capture process is dangerous, it is not good for their health, and their trainers are at risk. Free Willy. Dir Simon Wincer. 1993.Video. Warner Bros Home Video
The first whale to ever be captured was Moby Doll. The capture of Moby Doll was an accident; the purpose of getting this whale was so a sculptor named Samuel Burich could make a life size model for the British Columbia Hall Aquarium. Moby Doll was shot numerous times, but would not die. Since the whale would not die they decided to keep the whale and put it on display. There was little information on how to take care of the whale. Moby Doll did not eat for fifty-five days while being held captive. They were giving the whale the wrong food and when they finally figured it out the whale killed itself a month later. “Stories of Killer Captive Whales”.
Meanwhile, word had…
…ress it causes for the animal not only the captivity, but also in the capture process. There are many health risks for the animal and it rips them away from their family. These animals are so amazing, but as you can see, it is better for them to stay in their environment with family and not be put on display.
Batt, Elizabeth. “Time Running out for Lonely Orca Lolita at Miami Seaquarium.” Time Running out for Lonely Orca Lolita at Miami Seaquarium. Digital Journal, 27 June 2013. Web. 19 Nov. 2013.
Black Fish. Dir. Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Perf. Gabriela Cowperthaite and John Jett. CNN Films, 2013.
Free Willy. Simon Wincer. Jason James Ritcher, Keiko. Warner Brothers. 1993. 2013
“Stories of Captiv Killer Whales.” A Whale of a Business. PBS, n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2013.
“Save The Whales – Captivity.” Save The Whales – Captivity. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.