What about the Captive Whales? {Video}

Via Laura Kutney
on Jan 24, 2014
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Whales are among my favorite gentle creatures of the sea.

When I was 17, I had the experience of traveling to the Sea of Cortez on a biology expedition for two weeks where I lived aboard a boat with about 40 other students and 10 professors.

During the trip, I was out on a six-person-skiff for a day excursion, and we came upon a pod of five Orcas. There were three females, one male and a baby. The whales came so closely to our boat that I could have reached out and touched one of them with my hand.

It was an awesome and soul moving experience and I will always be grateful for that day: seeing and connecting with these majestic creatures living life how they are meant to, wild in the sea I so love.  

I also happened to grow up by the ocean and sailed the seas of San Diego, home to Sea World (which I have chosen to boycott for ethical reasons). My mother took me there once when I was about 10-years-old; I vowed never to go back, as I knew then that there was something terribly wrong with keeping magnificent and playful dolphins and whales in tiny cement pools and making them perform like circus animals.

It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.

I feel so strongly about this issue that my children have never seen a water ‘theme park’ such as Sea World—I refuse to spend even one penny to support these organizations’ causes, which I feel are misguided. Better to visit the beach or go for a sail and get to know nature in its true glory, instead of paying for a highly priced fantasy package of illusion sold in the guise of an experience to “Dive deep and connect with the big blue ocean at SeaWorld® San Diego, where the aquatic world comes alive like nowhere else.”

I came across two interesting videos on Sea World and Orcas which confirmed my belief on how keeping whales in tightly contained pools for decades is akin to making a people live in bathtubs for the same amount of time.

I could continue, but these videos say everything that I have known in my heart since I was young.

Firstly, on the untrue stories that people are being fed concerning Orcas at Sea World:

And more on the plight of Orcas:



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About Laura Kutney

Laura Kutney was born, raised and still lives in California. Although she studied chemical engineering in college, Laura’s love affair with philosophy and writing started before she can remember. If one could peek inside of her heart, they would find a whirlwind of thoughts and feelings swirling around a collection of words, books, art, music, photos, and most importantly, her closest friends and family and treasured places. Laura often looses herself in thought. This, combined with the fact that life is ever-changing, leaves her with plenty to write about. She can be found here at elephant journal, on her blog (Mosaic Commons) and on Facebook. And also on View Laura Kutney's LinkedIn profile View Laura Kutney's profile


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