New Video Shows Killer Whales in Captivity vs. in the Ocean
The Orca Project has released a new video that was created by by some incredible friends which reveals the differences between life for killer whale families in the wild and in captivity.
Although we have previously posted “A Better Way to See Orcas”, which can be seen below, this powerful video-short will change the way the public looks at orca captivity and give them the opportunity to make informed decisions about their next travel/entertainment destination:
We at The Orca Project apologize that this video is no longer available. Due to possible copyright infringement of some footage, we have regretfully removed this important and compelling video.
The video was prepared by Leah Lemieux, author of the book Rekindling the Waters, and Lori Marino, Ph.D., neuroscientist at Emory University, who has studied dolphins and whales for over twenty years.
This video shows the difference between life for orcas in the ocean, where they live in large, highly social family groups, and life in captivity, where they live in barren, lonely tanks. We invite everyone who watches this video to take a pledge not to buy a ticket to marine parks with captive dolphins and whales and to share this important message with family, friends and colleagues.
You can read the entire press release for this video below, or download/view/print it HERE if unable to view.
We’ve also included an incredible list, in conjuntion with the OrcaNetwork and friends, which shows the frequency by which the marine mammal captivity industry separates young orcas from their families.
It is known that in the wild that killer whales (orcas) are intelligent, highly social and family oriented much like humans and male orcas live an average of 30+ years and females 50+ years. Many also live well into their 80s, 90s or longer. The social bonds often keep orca families together through their entire lives.
But in captivity, at marine parks like SeaWorld, those bonds are broken, either through capture and/or transfer to other parks.
You can view “Captive Orcas Separated from their Mothers” below, or download/view/print it HERE if unable to view.
The financial decisions of a multi-billion dollar industry breaks apart families and disrupts the natural bonds that exists between these intelligent beings.
The above list shows how they have continuously severed those bonds.
For more information or questions you may have about cetacean captivity, this press release or the video “A Better Way to See Orcas”, please feel free to contact:
Lori Marino, Ph.D.
And don’t forget to “Take the Pledge” HERE and make YOUR pledge not to buy a ticket to marine parks with captive dolphins and whales and to share this important message with family, friends and colleagues.
Thank you for your support!