When the girls of "The Five" bring a cake to their enjoyment of the show, they should post the recipe on the website. That is just being polite.
The whales needed a larger enclosure. The idea domestic breeding of Orcas would bring a morality to the operation is a profit motive. There should be no taking of Marine Mammals anywhere in Earth's oceans.
There have been losses of Marine Mammal species in modern time. These losses didn't occur one hundred years ago. It has been recent decades. As an example, the Chinese River Dolphin went extinct within the last ten years or so.
Sea World came up with the idea of breeding their own stocks as a way to say they don't take these mammals out of the ocean and therefor they are humane.
Marine mammals have instincts. They are hardwired to behaviors that Sea World uses to tease out their acts during a performance. From observing videos of the Sea World Orcas there are incidents due to the fact the mammals are based in wild instincts. Additionally, when they bond with their trainers they are hurt when they are disciplined by their trainers. They also feel injustice in that disciplining.
Marine Mammals are highly intelligent. They discern the meaning of communication according to the definition by Marine Mammal trainers. The Orcas do not have CLEAR communication, they have INTERPRETED communication with their trainers. The trainers don't speak Orca and yes there is such a thing.
Misunderstandings happen within the very small world of the Orcas at Sea World. Their ability to tolerate misunderstanding across the two species is really minimal. The world of the Sea World Orcas is very small and very routine. There is no room for stress at all when they are trying their best to communicate the behaviors demanded of them. In my opinion when these mammals are disciplined it is mental cruelty and should not be tolerated.
The Orcas should never be required to perform. It is mental cruelty to them and dangerous to the trainers. Family pods should never be disturbed. They should be housed with observation areas for the public and nothing more.
October 9, 2015