What Sea World doesn’t want you to know: Unknown secrets of Sea World that are absolutely shocking
5 Orcas gnaw on the tank when stressed
Captive Orcas face a lot of stress due to boredom and inactivity. This is the time they start gnawing on iron bars and the concrete of the tank. This causes broken and worn out teeth. In 2014, reports revealed that Orcas were administered anti anxiety drugs to reduce stress but animal advocates state that the main source of stress is the captivity and restricted quarters.
At the time of this article, 61 Orcas lived in captivity where Sea World boasted that Tillikum was the largest mammal living in captivity. Till date 164 Orcas have died in captivity worldwide.
6 Severe Sunburns and injuries
Wild Orcas swim underwater to protect themselves from the sun however a captive Orca does not possess a little bit of shade and ends up severely sunburnt. Park Personnel usually use black zinc oxide to cover up the burns. Even alarming levels of chlorine in tanks end up burning trainers and animals alike.
In 2012, a photo circulated online depicting an injured 11 year old Orca named Nakai. Although park authorities stated it came from the tank, reports suggested it was a result of aggression form other orcas.
7 Stereotypy behavior
TIlikum and other captive orcas displayed a common behavioral trait called stereotypy which makes the animal swim repeatedly in a particular direction or pacing and rocking. These are goalless inane movements with no purpose in mind.
Tilikum ultimately died in March 2016 at 35 years old. His death was due to a lung infection. This is what Seaworld wrote on their website which is a laugh really!! It’s important to remember that Tilikum lived a long and enriching life while at SeaWorld and inspired millions of people to care about this amazing species,”