Apparently this lag followed Onyx around for an hour the other day, totally annoying him. Onyx kept trying to get away but the lag wouldn’t leave him alone!
Nov. 17, 2006: killer whale transport. Not fun. I got to work at 7am, worked a whole shift, stayed to finish up transport prep, then an evening meeting to discuss transport, which was to begin at 11pm. At 11pm we were up at Shamu [Stadium]. I was assigned to be in a wet suit to assist in getting her into the stretcher. I wasn’t sure I wanted to do this. I was nervous. The whale was in the med pool, false bottom raised to beach her. She began to stress out. The trainers couldn’t get her to do what they wanted. She started thrashing and making loud vocals.
I was literally terrified. I was then told not to get in. More experienced people only. I was relieved. I was close enough to see her eyes, she was so upset and sounded like she was screaming. Animal Care staff had to leave the water several times because of the danger of being attacked. Finally they were able to get her into the stretcher and she was lifted into the box. She sat quietly for a few minutes and I was assigned to sit up on top of the box by her head and record respirations. I was within 2 feet of her head and I could see the defeated look in her eye. I felt awful. Then somehow a piece of foam that was supporting her dorsal floated towards her head. She panicked and began thrashing. She began thrusting her tail up and down and smashing the baffle above her tail. The box was shaking and water was going everywhere. I lost my balance, dropped my clipboard and moved my leg just as her giant head reared up, mouth open, towards me. I had moved just in time. I was really scared. When she calmed down I got off the box and was angry [about] what I was just a part of.
Krissy Doge, former SeaWorld animal care staff member, on Kayla the orca’s transport in 2006
I got mad and made a thing.
Captivity is all fine and dandy.
I mean it’s not like removing animals from the wild has negative effects on the remaining population or anything.
Or directly contributes to the suffering of many animals that are kept in sub standard conditions.
I think what people tend to forget is that the majority of captive facilities ARE NOT LIKE SEAWORLD. The majority of captive cetaceans across the globe are kept in absolutely atrocious conditions. So when y’all go round saying “Captivity is fine”, you might be talking about SW or Marineland Antibes or whatever, but they are not representative of what the majority of facilities are like.
It’s time y’all realised that.
Keet floating motionless, a prime example of a stereotypy behavior.
SeaWorld’s website, Awesome Ocean, released a “prep” article, possibly trying to soften the blow of bad news yet to be announced. They made headlines (in a positive way for the first time in months) after announcing that they are building bigger orca tanks, one day after their stock fell 33%. I believe this PR move served to create good press for their “tanking” business and to counteract some of the bad press they anticipate after announcing that they are moving some SeaWorld whales over to China.
This is just my own speculation and I’ll be glad to be wrong, but I’m keeping my eyes peeled for another SeaWorld announcement coming soon.
While it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if Seaworld announced a new park in China (or maybe Dubai?) and stuffed it full of their orcas (and lets be honest here, a few Russian orcas whenever they get a chance), the amount of pure cult like faith the ‘author’ of Awesome Ocean has in three slightly shit Seaworld parks, two Marinelands, Lolita’s puddle wrapped in concrete and the shithole that is Clacton Pier is still truly astounding to me. Apparently they changed the Western World.
But then again, I have very little regard for a man who claims Seaworld moving to a country where the company itself is regarded as ‘morally unacceptable’.
Awesome Ocean is run by SeaWorld, so that cultish language should be NO surprise.
OMFG - I thought it was run by some foaming at the mouth groupie. I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry… or worry more.