When it comes to photo and video evidence showing how much orcas suffer at SeaWorld, Blackfish is just the tip of the iceberg. Day after day, orcas and other cetaceans at SeaWorld’s abusement parks can be seen lashing out at one another and their trainers as well as exhibiting other disturbing signs of psychological distress. Some witnesses even believe they’ve seen orcas attempting to take their own lives.
If you want proof that orcas and other animals hate being at SeaWorld, check out just a few of the images and videos that have been taken there:
Pilot Whale Becomes Stranded as Guests Scream for SeaWorld to Help
Warning: This video contains coarse language.
Orca Spends Nearly 10 Minutes Violently Dragging a Trainer Around Tank
Captivity Leads to Rake Marks and Collapsed Dorsal Fins
Rake marks are painful and serious injuries that result when one animal aggressively attacks another with his or her teeth. Subordinate animals held in captivity often have no way to escape such attacks. Tilikum‘s rake marks have been so severe at times that his trainers have reported seeing blood trail behind him as he swims.
Although uncommon in the wild, collapsed dorsal fins are characteristic of captive orcas at SeaWorld.
Orca Deliberately Strands Herself to Escape Tankmates—Witnesses Feel She Is ‘Trying to Commit Suicide’
Orcas Float Listlessly at the Surface of the Water
Orcas at SeaWorld and Loro Parque, including Tilikum, bob listlessly up and down at the surface of the water—a troubling behavior that has never been observed in free-roaming orcas.
Orcas Break Their Teeth on the Concrete Walls of Tiny Cells
Dental infections caused by broken teeth can easily spread to orcas’ bloodstreams, increasing their risk of systemic disease, including heart disease, pneumonia, and sepsis. To prevent death from infection, SeaWorld and other facilities often drill holes into the tender pulp cavities of broken or worn teeth in order to open them enough that they can be painfully flushed and cleaned daily—for the rest of the animal’s life.
Experts Explain How Orcas Suffer Physically and Mentally in Captivity
Dawn Brancheau Was Not the Only Victim
Help Free Orcas From SeaWorld’s Tanks!
Marine parks teach all the wrong lessons: that it’s acceptable for humans to imprison animals, deprive them of freedom of movement and thought, deny them the chance to establish their natural territory and to explore, separate them as we please, and watch them go insane from frustration and loneliness.
SeaWorld has taken a step forward by ending its breeding program, but more changes must follow. You can help all the animals still imprisoned at SeaWorld’s abusement parks by taking a moment to ask the company to adopt an immediate, firm, and rapid plan to release all the animals to seaside sanctuaries—where they will be given a semblance of the natural life that they have been denied for so long. Take action now!