Animal Cruelty at Seaworld


June Mullin

SeaWorld is a place where everyone and every animal is treated with respect. But guess what SeaWorld is just plain lying…

Do you know those orcas splashing and playing in the clear water? Guess what – they are hurting. They were trapped when they were babies. Instead of the ocean, they’re in a bathtub with no one to comfort them. So are the dolphins and the seals and every animal swam into their traps. So what’s wrong with SeaWorld, you were asking? Here is a list of 6 reasons NOT to stand with SeaWorld.

  1. Dolphins and orcas are forced to perform confusing tricks and permit trainers to stand on their faces and ride on their backs. This is not a natural trait for them. 
  2. Orcas in captivity die really young. Orcas in the wild have a life expectancy of 30-50 years. Their estimated lifespan in the wild is 60 to 70 years for males and 80 to over 100 for females. Orcas who’ve unfortunately died at SeaWorld have reached an average age of only 14!
  3. Orca tanks are smaller than SeaWorld’s parking lot! Wild orcas swim up to 100 miles a day and dive as deep as 100 to 500 feet. In SeaWorld’s itty bitty tanks, which are pretty much just concrete bathtubs, all they can do is swim in endless circles in their urine, being bored every day until they die.
  4. Employees drill out the inside of orcas’ worn and broken-down teeth. Usually, they use no painkillers. This drilling keeps the animal’s teeth from becoming infected, but
    1. it does nothing to the pain of having someone drill out the inside of your teeth. 
    2. Workers at SeaWorld facilities have to cover the skin of the orcas with black zinc oxide to hide burns and blisters from the public. With nowhere deep to dive because their tank is 34 feet deep, many animals in SeaWorld can’t escape the sun’s hot rays. 
    3. In 2018, a vet observed dolphins at the three SeaWorld parks (San Diego, Orlando, and San Antonio). She found open wounds and scarring on their faces and bodies!

    Isn’t that just terrible? Now imagine how these animals feel. Alone in a small tank only big enough for them to swim in circles every day, forced to perform with not even trainers but entertainers with no one to comfort them. That is how their life is every single day of their lives all the way up until they die alone in a tank.  But guess what you can help free these animals. Here is a list of 5 things you can do to free and save these animals. 

    1. Watch Blackfish with your friends. It exposes SeaWorld’s true intentions.
    2. Let SeaWorld know how you feel. Tell them how much you don’t approve of what they are doing
    4. Use social media to tell everyone you know about how orcas, dolphins, and all the other animals are treated.
    5. Read Beneath the Surface by John Hargrove a retired orca trainer.