Why Killer Whales Do Not Make Great Pets

1187 WordsJun 9, 20165 Pages
Why Killer Whales Do Not Make Great Pets The world’s largest dolphin is known as the Orca, or a killer whale. The whales can grow up to twenty-eight feet and four to six tons. Since 1961, one hundred-fifty orcas have been in captivity and forced to live abnormal lives in small containers, that can hardly compare to the ocean. Seaworld currently has twenty-four orcas living in their three parks. Whales in Seaworld should no longer be bred and held in captivity for many reasons, such as a high risk of premature deaths, unnatural health issues, and violent behaviors to other whales and humans. A killer whale in the wild, lives just as long as humans do, between sixty and ninety years. But, throughout collected data from the whales captured…show more content…
When the whales are exposed to a new pathogen, their bodies respond to it worse, which in many cases, lead to death. Currently thirty-three whales in captivity were born there. Living in a giant tank is the only life they know. All though thirty-three whales survived being born in captivity, some were not as lucky. Female whales in the wild are sexually mature around the age of fifteen. They give birth to one calf every five years, until the no longer can around the age of forty-five. But in captivity, because their lives are so short, they have to reproduce earlier and more often. The whales, who are already under stress and other mental issues, reach many pregnancy complications. A majority of these complications lead to miscarriages and stillborn calves, which is the cause of thirty of the deaths in Seaworld’s whales. Killer whales that live in captivity have a higher percentage of abnormal health issues that are not found in whales that live in the wild. One issue that is found in one-hundred percent of male orcas in Seaworld is a collapsed dorsal fin. A collapsed dorsal fin is the top fin on the back of a orca, flopping over and not standing up straight in the air like it is suppose to do. A collapsed dorsal fin is a sign of an unhealthy whale. These whales develop it in captivity because they do not have enough space to swim and live a
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