Thursday, November 30, 2006

Catch Free Willy and make him do tricks

Okay I'm coming into this post "fired up" so be warned. Today I was greeted by a headline on "Killer whale attacks Sea World trainer", oh crap I smell another Fox "When animals attack" out of this one. According to the story a thirty year old Orca named Kasatka deviated from its performance at SeaWorld and grabbed a handler and took him underwater.

I clicked on the video link to see interviews of parents and childrens reactions following the incident. One woman called it a tragedy...sorry lady but the "tragedy" happened long before the show. They have one of this earth's most incredible creatures swimming around in this little tank performing hundreds of "shows" yearly, that is the f*cking tragedy!!!

Next a kid rhetorically asked why the Orca would do something like that...Did anyone attempt to teach this kid that an amusement park is NOT the Orca's natural setting and that they were meant to roam the worlds oceans in tight-knit families and social structures, not jumping to entertain Tommy from Topeka.

The final lady interviewed was upset because she was there for her six year olds birthday and she didn't want her or her daughter to see a man die right then and there. No one wants that. But she went further and wondered why there wasn't a system in place to "take out" the Orca when something like this happened. Great lesson to teach the kiddies...take a wild animal and make it do tricks for you to foster the illusion it is happy and almost human-like and when it acts as nature meant, blow it out the f*cking sweet.

Okay why am I so fired up? well as some might know about six years ago I went on a whale watching trip with a friend in the San Juan Islands. At the time my hope was to see an Orca or two in their environment. It just so happened that on the day we went all three pods (J,K &L) came together for a meeting and we were treated to eighty-plus Orcas socializing with one another.

Words don't do the scene justice, it was one of the most inspiring and beautiful things I have ever witnessed. You could see individual personalities come out as they played, flirted and generally socialized with eachother. When you are sitting on a boat silently and not more than a few feet away a twenty-five plus foot animal passes right beneath you it puts things in perspective. I saw more "humanity" in those whales that day then I often do with our own species. Where is the humanity in keeping these creatures penned up for our amusement?

Do yourself a favor, if you ever want to see Orcas, forego the sideshow and spend the money to see them in nature as they were meant to be.


At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 5:48 PM, Blogger William A. Smith said...

Thank you O' Masked one....After blogging indeed many of the "news" channels ran their spin on this story and not once did I hear anyone question the act of imprisoning these creatures...pathetic.

At 11:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That´s because most humans still think they are the superior beings. Want to move to my planet when I get enough for the fare?

At 12:07 PM, Blogger Jana said...

Will - when I saw that story on the news, my thoughts were the same. Good for that poor old whale standing up for himself. The other day while on the ferry coming in to work, I counted at least 9 whales out in the Sound, all around the ferry - breeching and slapping the water with their fins, and headed South to warmer waters, I assume. It was a beautiful start to the morning!

At 4:13 PM, Blogger William A. Smith said...


Great to see you again!

I happened on to a special about Orcas and this one was from folks that care about them and study them. The stat that struck me...Male Orcas life span in captivity is usually in their twenties, in the wild they often live into their fifties...sad.

Once you see them in their natural environment I don't see how someone could stomach the thought of keeping them in those little tanks to do tricks for humans.


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