the Miami Seaprison, we teach children that it
is okay to break animals of that silly habit of
"being wild" by kidnapping them away from their
families, forcing them kicking and screaming into
a chlorinated concrete tank, and making them perform
ridiculous circus tricks for food (we call it
training). All in the name of exploitation and
profit. Oh, and education…of course.
you sit down and watch our incredible feats
of dominance, you'll never doubt that mankind
can conquer anything that has to do with nature.
hey, we do teach you a few things about our
orca, like her measurements and parts of her
body as she displays them on command. That's
about it-nothing an IMAX movie couldn't teach
you without the cruelty of keeping the animals
confined. Please forgive us if we don't tell
you the real important information, such as:
Orcas are the most socially bonded creatures
on earth, and only capture or death can split
their matriarchal society.
Educational Sea Lion Show at The Miami Seaquarium
educational material derived from the four Sea World
marine parks, Marine Land of Ontario, and the Miami
Seaquarium contained longevity information that is
significantly and consistently contradicted recent
Dispelling the Myths~Hoyt, Garrett, Rose
the wild, orcas have a
life expectancy between 50 and 70+ years.
In captivity, average age of an orca is under 9 years.
Social depravation and lack of exercise is killing
this comprehensive report on orcas in captivity
by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.
the wild, orcas swim up to 100 miles a day.
In captivity, they swim around in circles.
the wild, orcas will dive hundreds of feet into the
In captivity, since the tank is not much deeper than
20 feet, they don't have the space to dive.
the wild, orcas use a highly developed sonar, also known
as echo location, to hunt for food, to find each other,
and to explore the depths of the vast ocean-their true home.
In captivity, in a sterile, chlorinated, desolate
tank, they have no use for their sonar and it becomes a
form of sensory deprivation.
the wild, orcas stay with their families throughout
their entire lives. They are extremely social animals that
hunt together, play together, sleep together, explore together,
and communicate constantly using a dialect unique to each
captivity, they no longer have their families. Lolita
has been without any other orca for 23 years. (Hugo, the
only other orca the Seaquarium ever had, was kept in a separate
and much smaller tank than Lolita before she arrived. As
former trainers can tell you, Hugo went
insane and killed himself by repeatedly slamming his
head on the wall).
the wild, orcas are free to make their own decisions--to
play and swim and hunt and mate and truly LIVE their lives.
In captivity, they are slaves held against their
will for human entertainment and profit.
are the facts.
on Wild versus Captive Cetaceans
we at the Seaquarium know that if we were to include accurate
and honest information like that, it may make you think
about the terrible loneliness, isolation, and deprivation
that Lolita has been fighting since 1970. It may make you
feel compassion for her and all the other captive animals.
And we wouldn't want to lose your business and see you join
the growing number of former trainers, whale biologists,
veterinarians, government officials, celebrities, and concerned
individuals who, knowing the truth, struggle to help these
animals. We don't really want you to know that:
Cousteau once said, "There is as much educational benefit
in studying dolphins in captivity as there would be in studying
human beings by only observing prisoners in solitary confinement."
Celebrities, and Animals Welfare groups band together
against The Miami Seaquarium
the Miami Seaquarium we teach our children that it is
okay to dominate nature for our own amusement. As long
as we call it education, we can literally
get away with murder.
take my word for it, do the research yourself.