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Free the Orcas

Among all the splashes, laughs, and joy, the SeaWorld shows can be entertaining, but what many also fail to recognize is that the Ocras need to free.

With the documentary, "Blackfish" being released back in January of 2013, the film shed light on what many were blind to - the Orcas and other marine animals are being held in captivity.

After the film was released it brought attention to many. The film included shocking unseen footage, marine animal testimonies, and interviews with former trainers that were also former SeaWorld employees.

According to an article written on seaworldofhurt.com, the the article listed eight reasons why the the Orcas need to be free.

One of the reasons was that with the orcas being in captivity at SeaWorld causes "premature deaths." On average the life span of a healthy orca in its natural habitat is expected to live up to over 60-70 years for males and 80-100 years for females. At SeaWorld, the orca who has ever lived the longest was about 13 years old.

Another reason listed on site was their "collapsed dorsal fins." For anyone who has ever visited SeaWorld would noticed that their fins are not upright but rather collapsed to one side, this is a major sign of a health issue. The collapsed fins are due to their unnatural diet of thawed out fish and because they don't have much room to move around and swim freely.

"Tanks," was number four on the article's list. On average, an orca swims about 100 miles a day. The tank in which the orcas inhibit at Seaworld are about 35 feet deep. this means that the Orca would have to swim around the tank a total of 1,208 laps to reach their 100 mile goal for the day.

Another reason on the article was that sometimes the orcas are so filled with stress, anxiety, and boredom they begin to gnaw and chew on the iron bars found in their tank which causes their teeth to break. This mean the orcas then have to undergo painful dental drilling without amnesia.

Whopping number eight on the list was, "family matters." Just like any other family, they have their customs and ways of living. Orcas live and travel in pods of up to 15 whales. Some orcas follow their mothers for life. Orcas are extremely social animals, and while kept in captivity the orcas are forced to live with other whales who speak a completely different langauge from them.

All in all, the orcas are wild animals who belong in their natural habitat.

The site Seaworldofhurt.com has a pledge for those who will promise to never visit SeaWorld.

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