Orcas Don’t Want Anyone Riding On Their Noses
This is the sort of thing that seems perfectly obvious only after someone loses an eye.
You take 32 feet of muscle, teeth and brains out of the ocean, put it in a featureless tank the size of Graceland, force it to act like an idiot in public, and it’ll drown a captor.
Huh. I guess it makes sense that an orca whale will eventually act out. Look at what captivity did to John McCain.
‘They get very stressed out,’ marine biologist Nancy Black of Monterey Bay Whale Watch said
I’m referring, of course, to the whale known as Tilikum, which killed its SeaWorld Orlando trainer, Dawn Brancheau, Feb. 24.
Orcas are to predators what jet fighters are to tanks. While everyone else if fighting in a 2-D world, Orcas work in groups to round up prey that can flee in 3-D. They are intelligent animals who get caught up with the wrong crowd — people who like animals to entertain them.
Same for porpoises and dolphins and seals.
And yet, when they snap, oh, what a tragedy. How can this be prevented? What can be done for these noble entertainers who have big waggy tongues and who splash us with cold salty water and who carry people on their noses.
It’s terrible that the trainer was killed, but unless she was less intelligent than the animals she prodded, she knew that keeping orcas captive was wrong and stupid.
It’s a miracle this doesn’t happen more often. I’d like to think there are some whales in Orlando right now saying to each other, “Yeah, he’s a jerk, but Tilikum has a point. Next one that stands on me won’t need shoes ever again.”
I guess the good news here is that SeaWorld won’t be putting Tilikum down (It’s not his fault) or releasing him to the wild (He’s box-office gold, now).
There’s just the matter of finding a new trainer.