Pounding Rock and Roll rattles your eardrums
and shakes the foundation of our dilapidating
whale stadium --which is held up with construction
jacks-- as you await a spectacle of dominance
reminiscent of the Roman Coliseum.
lone orca whale floats lifelessly in her tiny
tank in the center of the arena, awaiting the
call to perform the same monotonous show she's
been doing twice a day, seven days a week, for
35 years. Her tank does NOT
meet government standards, and the employees
here at the park refer to it as "The Whale
Puddle." It's okay though because, somehow,
we got permission from the government and are
allowed to keep her in this illegal tank. The
fact that Lolita has been cramped in this tiny
space doesn't really matter to us as long as
WE don't get in trouble...obviously. Common
sense should tell you that if we really cared
about her well-being, we wouldn't have just
been promising to build her a larger tank for
25 years to pacify the critics, we would have
actually done it.
"I can proudly say, we have never spared
labor or expense when it has involved an animal
in need." Joan Caron (former Seaquarium
Head trainer) said under oath to USDA inspectors
in November, 1995.
Lolita balances "trainers" on her
nose, breaches out of the water, and cries out
in her unique family dialect (even though she
has no one to speak to). All this on command!
Then again, if she doesn't do what she's told,
the whistle isn't blown and Lolita isn't hand
fed her dead fish.
is part of the Seaquarium family--the
family of captive animals struggling to
survive. She has been performing in this
substandard tub for 35 years and has grown
quite accustomed to her confinement and
daily routines. Some say she's depressed
and stressed out, nothing a little prozac
can't fix. She does get moody at times.
But, as long as she performs, we don't
mind. We plan on working her until she
dies, like all the other animals.
we have a 1-million-dollar life insurance policy
on Lolita. When she dies, we'll make a lot of
money and can simply buy another one...like
a car. After all, she is property.
So, would you pay $23.95 for
this pathetic spectacle of dominance? Most people
wouldn't, but there are plenty of people who
have never been exposed to accurate information
who will. The general public simply doesn't
know the truth, that it's all about your money
and our pockets. After all, Lolita has made
The Miami Seaquarium around 150-200 million
dollars in her 35 year sentence here. We market
her as a spectacle of education
and believe it or not people actually buy into
Lolita is a highly intelligent animal with incredible
memory and social skills. While she was once
a wild creature, now...we have her under our
control. Mankind is truly powerful.