Sea World Argument. News - Blackfish Official Film Site. SeaWorldOpenLetterRebuttal-OPS. Truth About the Movie. Tilikum (orca) Tilikum (born c.
Katina (orca) Katina (c. 1976) is a female Orca (killer whale) who lives in SeaWorld Orlando in Florida.
She was captured off Iceland at approximately two years of age on October 26, 1978. She is the most successful breeding female Orca in captivity. Daughters: Kalina*, Katerina*, Unna, and NalaniSons: Taku*, Ikaika, and Makaio (born October 2010)Granddaughter: SkylaGrandsons: Keet, Keto, Tuar, and TruaGreatgranddaughters: Kalia, Halyn* and Vicky*Greatgrandson: AdánPossible Relatives: Betty*Breed: 100% Icelandic (Asterisk indicates a deceased relative) Katina gave birth to her sixth calf on September 18, 2006.
On October 9, 2010, Katina gave birth to her seventh calf and her third son, Makaio, just five days after her first offspring Kalina died. Katina is about 38 years old and is one of the most successful Orcas in history at SeaWorld. Being the matriarch of the orcas, Katina is rather dominant. Truth About the Movie. Seaworld Pictures. 30 Years and Three Deaths: Tilikum's Tragic Story. Meet Tilikum, the largest orca in captivity, weighing 12,500 pounds and measuring over 22 feet in length.
Tilikum was captured near Iceland in November of 1983, over 30 years ago. At only 2 years old, when he was approximately 13 feet long, he was torn away from his family and ocean home. After his capture, he was kept in a cement holding tank for close to a year at Hafnarfjörður Marine Zoo, near Reykjavík, Iceland, as he awaited transfer to a marine park.
Held captive against his will, all he could do was swim in small circles and float aimlessly at the surface of the water, far away from the expansive ocean in which he had swum a hundred miles a day alongside his family members. 10 Things You Didn't Know About SeaWorld. 1.
Their Sunburns Are Covered Up With Black Zinc Oxide Orcas at SeaWorld spend most of their time floating listlessly at the surface of the water with little to no shade from the hot blistering sun. In the wild, orcas spend up to 95 percent of their time submerged and would find shade in the depths of the ocean, but at SeaWorld their tanks are far too shallow. Their deepest tank is 40 feet deep—not nearly deep enough to give them a reprieve from the harsh elements. Captive killer whales. Orca show at Sea World San Diego Captive killer whales are large predatory marine mammals that were first captured live and displayed in exhibitions in the 1960s, and soon became popular attractions at public aquariums and aquatic theme parks due to their intelligence, trainability, striking appearance, playfulness in captivity, and sheer size.
As of December, 2014, there are 57 orcas in captivity worldwide, 35 of which are captive-bor. The practice of keeping killer whales in captivity is controversial. Orcas Main article: Killer whale. Killer Whales Cruel Treatment in Captivity. SeaWorld has unleashed a bitter attack on the new documentary Blackfish, accusing the filmmakers of being “shamelessly dishonest,” and filling the movie with serious inaccuracies.
As someone who has followed the saga of Tilikum and deceased trainer Dawn Brancheau for years, I was happy to rebut SeaWorld’s various grievances. The inaccuracies, it turns out, are found in spokesman Fred Jacob’s “Dear Film Critic” letter, which was sent out today: I’m writing to you on behalf of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. You may be aware of a documentary called “Blackfish” that purports to expose SeaWorld’s treatment of killer whales (or orcas) and the “truth” behind the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.
In the event you are planning to review this film, we thought you should be apprised of the following. 8 Reasons Orcas Don't Belong at SeaWorld. 1.
Premature Deaths Orcas in the wild have an average life expectancy of 30 to 50 years—their estimated maximum lifespan is 60 to 70 years for males and 80 to over 100 for females. The median age of orcas in captivity is only 9, and orcas at SeaWorld rarely make it even to the average life expectancy of their wild cousins. 2. Lean, Mean Killing Machines—or Not? In the wild, despite centuries of sharing the ocean, there has been only a single reliable report of an orca harming a human being. 3.
All captive adult male orcas have collapsed dorsal fins, likely because they haveno space in which to swim freely and are fed an unnatural diet of thawed dead fish. 4. SeaWorld confines whales who often swim up to 100 miles a day in the wild to tanks that, to them, are the size of a bathtub. 5. Orcas who are not compatible are forced to live in tight quarters together. Nakai was injured on a sharp metal edge in his tank while reportedly fleeing from an aggressive altercation with two other orcas. 6.
The Killer in the Pool. An orca at Seaworld San Diego.
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