I have yet to watch “Blackfish”. I want to, I just can’t bring myself to watch it. I have a hard enough time watching “Seas of Life” when the killer whales are hunting a baby humpback whale. Apparently, I am too much of a softie. Yet, I have no issues watching great whites hunting seals, odd.
I remember my parents bringing me to Sea World when I was younger. And it worked; I was fascinated with sea life. I didn’t learn much, but I was hooked. As I got older, I started wondering if aquariums are a fit place for large sea creatures. I know, some adapt excellently, but maybe it is not the best place for all sea creatures. Great Whites don’t last long in aquariums; I believe the longest one lived was 1 year in captivity.
Is a fish tank the best place to squeeze in whale sharks? Is training animals we call killer whales a good idea? Is cramming a bunch of dolphins into a tank to put them on display for us to ogle best for the dolphin? We can learn so much from them, but are we learning enough to justify the cost?
Like I said, some animals adept fine, but not all. After diving with white sharks, I don’t even know how I feel about nurse sharks being trapped inside a small tank. Now, their tanks may not seem small to us, but we are talking about animal that had the oceans and reefs to roam, and now have a small circular tank to swim around and around an around. Maybe we, as a species, need to look at how we would feel being put in a cage. Wait, we do that to, and we do it as a punishment.