Let the Blackstone Group, which owns SeaWorld, know you want to see the company create a solid, workable plan to release captive performing orcas at SeaWorld parks to sanctuaries that can provide them with appropriate and more natural environments than those found at SeaWorld.
For marine life, the ocean is their habitat—and the ocean is huge. Capturing them and putting them into an oversized swimming pool for our entertainment is putting their physical and psychological lives at risk. For instance, when confined to a tank, these sea mammals develop stereotypies. With little space and no stimulation, they can be seen swimming in static patterns around their fish bowl for hours at a time. They also develop skin problems from living in heavily chlorinated water and suffer from ulcers and pneumonia as well as self-inflicted injuries.
Orcas are highly social and form complex societies headed by females. The average lifespan for a female orca is 50 years and a male 30 in the wild. In captivity, they rarely live beyond 20 years. In addition, in the wild, they can travel up to 100 miles daily.
Hamilton E. James, President & CEO
The Blackstone Group
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