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Black Fish Documentary Review

After watching the Blackfish documentary my eyes really opened up to animal mistreatment. People don’t really know the extent of what really goes on after marine shows. To spread awareness here are some facts about the mistreatment of marine animals in captivity.

A marine-mammal behavioral biologist in Seattle says the captive dolphins demonstrate a variety of stress-related behavior such as “self inflicted trauma, induced vomiting, and aggressiveness.” (Peta.org) Dolphins are committing suicide due to being held captive.

The animals are stuck in a large swimming pools swimming back and forth and repeating tricks all day long. This can drive them insane. Orcas and Dolphins navigate by echolocation, but in thanks, the reverberations from their own sonar bounce off the walls, driving some of them insane. (Peta.org)

Some captive dolphins have reportedly taken their own lives by hitting their heads against the sides of pools or refusing to come up for air. (Peta.org)

According to an article on the Peta website, capturing one dolphin can disrupt the whole pod – a group of dolphins.  Research also shows that captive dolphins suffer from higher mortality rates than wild dolphins.

Wild orcas can live for decades, but Seaworld lost 22 orcas between 1986 and 2010. That’s 24 years, and almost one whale a year. It was also reported that not one of these whales died of old age. Severe trauma, intestinal gangrene, acute hemorrhagic pneumonia, pulmonary abscesses, chronic kidney disease, chronic cardiovascular failure, septicemia, and influenza caused the whales’ deaths.

These animals are trained with food. When they perform a trick correctly they get fed, but if they perform it wrong or don’t perform at all they get nothing. They are purposely not fed just so they can learn trick for our own entertainment.

Anti-Seaworld clubs and pages are trending all over Facebook and Twitter. The Blackfish documentary has stirred up quite a lot of drama.

However not all places containing marine animals are bad. Most aquariums contain only animals that have been injured. All the fish in Norwalk’s Maritime Aquarium have been rescued, even the sharks. Maybe it’s time to step away from the aquatic theme parks and stick to the places with rescued animals.

 

 

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