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Is Death the Only Freedom for Killer Whales?

For the killer whales in captivity in Ocean World, perhaps death is freedom

Sometime earlier, another dangerous killer whale died in Sea World Park, USA. In more than half a year, three killer whales have passed away one after another in Sea World.

Sometime ago, another killer whale died in Sea World, USA

In more than half a year, 3 killer whales have passed away in the ocean world.

1st in January, the famous dangerous killer whale Tilikum left the world with years of pain and suffering


Killer Whales in Captivity

Months earlier, Kyara, a three-month-old baby killer whale, died of pneumonia. It is the last killer whale born in captivity in the ocean world


On August 15, after being imprisoned for nearly 40 years, the killer whale Kasatka died of illness.


San Diego Sea World declared that Kasatka had not been cured for a long time because of respiratory bacterial infection and lung disease, so the veterinarian and breeder decided to euthanize it.


"Persistent illness will affect its quality of life, so we made the difficult decision to use euthanasia humanely"


However, such an official statement has been questioned by many people. The former animal breeder and killer whale conservation organization of Ocean World believe that this is the cruel truth that Ocean World is covering. 

Like Tilikum, Kasatka has experienced countless pain and torture in her life.


Kasatka is a female killer whale, less than two years old, was captured near Iceland in 1978

It was deprived of freedom and forced to leave its mother and ethnic group. Since then, his whole life has been imprisoned and constrained in a small artificial captive environment to please the public


Kasatka's first child born in the ocean world was Takara, a female killer whale

The documentary "Black Whale" mentioned that Kasatka and Takara are very close to each other. They are inseparable.


However, in the end, Ocean World cruelly chose to forcibly separate the mother and daughter. They decided to send Takara to Florida.

When Takara was taken out of the pool and transported to the airport.


Mother Kasatka has been making a sound... a disturbing sound that has never been seen before. After analysis by senior researchers, it is a remote voice. 

Kasatka is trying to find its children with sounds that no one has ever heard

"It's really heartbreaking. How can anyone see this and think it's ethical?"

"This is wrong, it shouldn't be like this"

John Hargove, former trainer who returned to Sea World, recalled. 

The Ocean World just forcibly took a child away from its mother... For both Kasatka and Takara, this is undoubtedly a huge blow and injury.

Death of Killer Whale


May refer Why Whales not Extinct

In 2006, Kasatka appeared in major news reports. In a performance, when Kasatka trainer Ken dived into the water and prepared to perform the stunt "Fly into the sky" with him


Kasatka bit Ken’s foot, it dragged Ken into the water, keeping Ken staying underwater


In 20 minutes, Kasatka will let go of Ken, bit him, and drag him into the water


It goes back and forth like this, in the end Ken is on the verge of collapse


After Ken finally surfaced, Kasatka bit his other foot and dragged him to the bottom of the pool again

When Ken was almost exhausted, Kasatka finally let go of him, allowing him to escape.


This "abnormal behavior" of Kasatka is just the tip of the iceberg in the attack on humans by the captive killer whales in Ocean World


For many years, Ocean World has always chosen to cover up such attacks, and it can't help but put the blame on the trainer's mistakes, etc.


However, many former marine world breeders and trainers have said that it is the marine world’s captive killer whales that increase their aggressiveness.


They were captured shortly after they were born, forcibly separated from their mothers and ethnic groups, and left the vast ocean where they were supposed to live.


They were deprived of their freedom, and then imprisoned in a small environment for many years

"Performing for humans, and then returning to the small cell, that is its life"


"Can you imagine being locked up in a narrow concrete enclosure for a lifetime, and you used to travel 100 miles a day freely in the ocean?"


"In the wild, killer whales rarely act aggressively towards people, but in the ocean world such things happen endlessly.


They are imprisoned, they are depressed and unhappy. They have been confined in a small pool for many years, causing their spirits to be overwhelmed"


In addition to attacking humans, there will be various types of violence and killing among killer whales in the ocean world.


The captive killer whales in Ocean World come from different ethnic groups. They originally had their own relatives, but in the end they were forced to live in an "artificial family"


"They have different genes and use different languages"

This leads to attacks among killer whales in the ocean world.


There will be many violence and killings in captive killer whales that would not happen in the wild

"In the wild, when they encounter conflicts and feel nervous, they have thousands of square miles to escape from all this. 

However, in the small captive environment, the attacked killer whales have nowhere to escape."


Some killer whales even died because they were attacked by other killer whales

Kasatka, who recently departed, is considered to be the killer whale with a relatively long lifespan among the killer whales in the ocean world.


At 42 years old, it is the second oldest killer whale in San Diego Sea World, but the lifespan of wild female killer whales should have been 80-90 years


After Kasatka was euthanized by Sea World, Kasatka's former trainer John Hargrove (now a public advocate for boycotting Sea World rights) came out to speak for it, reprimanding Sea World for years of cruel practices


Image showing Killer Whales

"Ocean World claimed that they kept killer whales in captivity to educate people. For many years people were convinced. Then people found out that Kasatka had been living in pain, suffered brutal treatment, imprisoned in a terrible environment, and died in agony."


By the way, the three-month-old killer whale baby Kyara who died last month is Kasatka's granddaughter, the baby born to Takara, the child that Ocean World forcibly took away from Kasatka. 

The lives of this killer whale for three generations are full of helplessness and tragedy. 

After Takara left his mother Kasatka, he also experienced the pain of being forced to reproduce and then being separated from his children.

Now, its mother and children have left this world. Perhaps this is a relief for them who left first. And Takara will still be imprisoned in the ocean world until the end of life. 

Broadcast of Documentary Black Whale

After the broadcast of the documentary "Black Whale", which exposed the cruel truth of the Sea World, the Sea World was met with more and more boycotts and criticisms, and the number of visitors to the Sea World also dropped to a record low.


In 2016, California introduced a bill to ban the breeding and captivity of killer whales in California and prohibit the use of killer whales for entertainment in the park


Under pressure from all parties, SeaWorld San Diego stopped its killer whale breeding program last year, and SeaWorld Orlando and Sea World San Antonio also announced that they would end killer whale shows in 2019.

21 Last killer whales to be kept in Captivity

The 21 killer whales left in the US Ocean Park will be the last group of killer whales to be kept in captivity.

Many regions of the world have also introduced laws one after another. In May of this year, France banned all dolphins and cetaceans in captivity.

I hope that the tragedies of Tilikum and Kasatka will not be staged again. They all belong to the sea. They should have freedom.

Author: Naval Kishore

Education: Masters Degree in Actuary

The author is an Actuarial expert with 20 Years of Work experience in Fisheries work

May also refer: Can Dolphins live in Fresh Water


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