Adventure Student Travel—a company that helps coordinate trips for students—still promotes SeaWorld and the Miami Seaquarium as great places for students, Girl Scouts, and other groups to go, despite hearing from PETA and more than 110,000 supporters that the orcas are confined to barren concrete tanks where they’re deprived of almost everything natural and important to them.
Instead of exploring and traveling up to 140 miles per day with their pods, as they would in the ocean, the orcas at marine abusement parks are forced to live in tiny tanks, where they may float listlessly or gnaw on the gates until their teeth are destroyed.
Lolita spends her life in the smallest orca tank in the world at the Miami Seaquarium. She hasn’t seen another orca in more than 37 years, since her tankmate Hugo rammed his head into the side of the tank until he died.
Three orcas died at SeaWorld’s park this year alone: Tilikum, who was 35; Kasatka, who was about 40; and their granddaughter Kyara, who was only 3 months old—bringing the death toll of orcas at SeaWorld to at least 40, and not one of them even made it close to the maximum lifespan of orcas in nature.
Does this sound like an adventure for students to you? Because we think it sounds really sad.