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Education or Exploitation?
Lolita domination at Miami Seaquarium At the Miami Seaprison, we teach children that it is okay to break animals of that silly habit of "being wild" by kidnapping them away from their families, forcing them kicking and screaming into a chlorinated concrete tank, and making them perform ridiculous circus tricks for food (we call it training). All in the name of exploitation and profit. Oh, and education…of course. 

When you sit down and watch our incredible feats of dominance, you'll never doubt that mankind can conquer anything that has to do with nature.

But hey, we do teach you a few things about our orca, like her measurements and parts of her body as she displays them on command. That's about it-nothing an IMAX movie couldn't teach you without the cruelty of keeping the animals confined. Please forgive us if we don't tell you the real important information, such as:

Orcas are the most socially bonded creatures on earth, and only capture or death can split their matriarchal society.

The Educational Sea Lion Show at The Miami Seaquarium

All educational material derived from the four Sea World marine parks, Marine Land of Ontario, and the Miami Seaquarium contained longevity information that is significantly and consistently contradicted recent scientific literature. from Dispelling the Myths~Hoyt, Garrett, Rose

In the wild, orcas have a life expectancy between 50 and 70+ years.
In captivity, average age of an orca is under 9 years. Social depravation and lack of exercise is killing them.

Read this comprehensive report on orcas in captivity
by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.

In the wild, orcas swim up to 100 miles a day.
In captivity, they swim around in circles.

In the wild, orcas will dive hundreds of feet into the water.
In captivity
, since the tank is not much deeper than 20 feet, they don't have the space to dive.

In the wild, orcas use a highly developed sonar, also known as echo location, to hunt for food, to find each other, and to explore the depths of the vast ocean-their true home.
In captivity, in a sterile, chlorinated, desolate tank, they have no use for their sonar and it becomes a form of sensory deprivation.

In the wild, orcas stay with their families throughout their entire lives. They are extremely social animals that hunt together, play together, sleep together, explore together, and communicate constantly using a dialect unique to each family pod.

In captivity, they no longer have their families. Lolita has been without any other orca for 23 years. (Hugo, the only other orca the Seaquarium ever had, was kept in a separate and much smaller tank than Lolita before she arrived. As former trainers can tell you, Hugo went insane and killed himself by repeatedly slamming his head on the wall).

In the wild, orcas are free to make their own decisions--to play and swim and hunt and mate and truly LIVE their lives.
In captivity, they are slaves held against their will for human entertainment and profit.

These are the facts.

Want more? HSUS on Wild versus Captive Cetaceans

See, we at the Seaquarium know that if we were to include accurate and honest information like that, it may make you think about the terrible loneliness, isolation, and deprivation that Lolita has been fighting since 1970. It may make you feel compassion for her and all the other captive animals. And we wouldn't want to lose your business and see you join the growing number of former trainers, whale biologists, veterinarians, government officials, celebrities, and concerned individuals who, knowing the truth, struggle to help these animals. We don't really want you to know that:

Jacques Cousteau once said, "There is as much educational benefit in studying dolphins in captivity as there would be in studying human beings by only observing prisoners in solitary confinement."

Scientists, Celebrities, and Animals Welfare groups band together
against The Miami Seaquarium

At the Miami Seaquarium we teach our children that it is okay to dominate nature for our own amusement. As long as we call it education, we can literally
get away with murder
Dead dolphins

Don't take my word for it, do the research yourself.

©Dolphin ProjectDolphin Project
Sea Lion at Miami Seaquarium

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