Thursday, February 25, 2010

Killer Whales & Showbiz

In years past I worked around sea life parks and came to respect the creatures that those attractions showcased. I admit enjoying watching performing sea lions and dolphins and even had a chance to interact with a few of these animals.

The whales are a different story. They are social beings in the wild and travel in well defined families and pods. They roam far and wide in the oceans and communicate through methods we are still struggling to understand. I have to believe that a whale is better off in the ocean than a swimming pool.

That said, I a deeply saddened by the death of Sea World trainer Dawn Brancheau. She was killed when the whale she worked with in a show at Sea World dragged her under water and drowned her. Her death is even more tragic since this same scenario has happened before with the same whale.

I have to suspect that the captivity and unnatural living arrangements for the whale somehow led to the aggressive behavior. It is time we reexamined our fascination with capturing sea creatures of this size and trying to turn them into vaudeville acts.

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