All About Animals Used for Entertainment



Can you imagine being separated from your family, only to be forced to live the rest of your life in a concrete bathtub for people’s “entertainment”? That’s exactly what life is like for orcas at SeaWorld and other marine parks.

Two Orcas in Wild, Jumping Out of Water

In the wild, orcas spend their whole lives with their families and swim up to 100 miles a day in the ocean.

At SeaWorld, these intelligent, sensitive animals are confined to a tank that, for you and me, would be equivalent to the size of a bathtub. An orca at SeaWorld would have to swim the circumference of the main pool 1,900 times in one day in order to swim the same distance that they would in the wild.

Orca In Aquarium

They are forced to perform silly tricks for food and are often torn away from their families as they’re shuffled between parks. The stress of captivity weakens their immune systems, causing them to die earlier than they would in the wild—even though they are safe from predators and receive regular meals and veterinary care.

Five orcas currently at SeaWorld were kidnapped from their ocean homes, as were others who have since died. Tilikum, a 32-year-old orca, was stolen from the wild when he was just a baby and has been imprisoned at marine parks like SeaWorld for more than 30 years.

all-about-orcas-2Jo-Anne McArthur | We Animals

Orcas in the wild have an average life expectancy of 30 to 50 years—their estimated maximum life span is 60 to 70 years for males and 80 to more than 100 for females. The median age of orcas in captivity is only 9.

Life at a SeaWorld amusement park is miserable for all animals held captive there, but YOU can help them!