I’m off to see the Orcas, the wonderful Orcas of….

SeaWorld

Dining with Shamu at SeaWorldI have no problem saying that I’m a big fan of SeaWorld, Zoos, and Aquariums. Those who thought that Blackfish was a balanced documentary are the same people who DID NOT think that Bowling for Columbine or Fahrenheit 9/11 were balanced documentaries. And it’s true. There is no such thing as a balanced documentary because they are told from the point of view of the director, producer, and/or writer. Documentaries have a story to tell, even if it is only part of the full story.

Porcupine at Seaworld San DiegoI have watched a lot of documentaries in my life, and I have done a lot of research to get the rest of the story (smile if you remember the famous person responsible for always giving us the rest of the story).

Documentaries are one of my favorite genres because I love history and reality, except that type of reality that television gives us with The Bachelor, American Idol, and other crap (can I say crap on a family WordPress blog?).

Recently a friend with opposing views said, “Look what happened to Keiko!” Keiko was an Orca whale which starred in the movie, “Free Willy!” Knowing that said friend had no idea what happened to Keiko, I decided to help him improve his knowledge base. Here’s what happened to Keiko:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/freeing-willy-documentary_n_3957369.html

SeaWorld San DiegoFor those who don’t want to spare time watching an 11:43 documentary video about a whale, here’s the Cliff Notes version (smile if you remember Cliff Notes):

After $20 million and many years of teaching Keiko to hold his breath for long periods, catch his own food, and swim in harsh waters, Keiko wound up seeking out people wherever it went in the vast and free ocean. Keiko loved people.

SeaWorld San DiegoThe many whales at SeaWorld also love people. All you have to do is go watch a show at SeaWorld to see the love that is shared between the SeaWorld staff and trainers and the whales.

What people fail to realize is that Orcas are pretty big. If one is not careful, an Orca can kill you, even unintentionally in an accident. That is true with all life, though. Dogs kill people quite often. Cats can kill people with their bites and scratches. Heck, even people can kill people! So to use four accidental deaths in SeaWorld’s 50-year history and millions of shows is disingenuous at best, stupid at worst. Dogs kills more people each year than SeaWorld’s Orca whales, so carrying SeaWorld opponents’ thoughts to their logical conclusion, we should not have dogs captive in our homes or yards. They should all be released back into the wild from which they came. Cats, too. Not to mention all the marine life in aquariums, wildlife in zoos.

Starfish at SeaWorld San DiegoThe two most important reasons why I support SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, and the Scripps Aquarium :

  1. A great deal of the money they make each year goes to rescue marine life along the Southern California coast (beached whales, yes; dolphins, porpoises, sea otters, turtles) and injured wildlife in the interior, such as eagles, osprey, owls, big cats.
  2. Without the aquariums and zoos, I would never have had the opportunity to see elephants, giraffes, octopuses, bears, whales, tigers, jaguars, flamingos, spoonbills, eagles, leopards, penguins, and most of the other species at zoos and aquariums.

Since I go to the Zoo and SeaWorld quite often, I can also tell you that many people have told me that they have a greater appreciation for wildlife after they visit the Zoo and SeaWorld, and that’s important for the survival of species in the wild.

Here are some more pictures of SeaWorld:

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Flamingo lagoon at SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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Monitor at SeaWorld San Diego

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Beluga whale at SeaWorld San Diego

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Sea turtle at SeaWorld San Diego

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Orca whales at SeaWorld San Diego

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Sea lion at SeaWorld San Diego

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Walrus at SeaWorld San Diego

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Polar bear at SeaWorld San Diego

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Sea turtle at SeaWorld San Diego

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Penguin at SeaWorld San Diego

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Starfish at SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego

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Now I’m off to see the Orcas, the wonderful Orcas of SeaWorld! Happy Sunday to everyone!

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9 thoughts on “I’m off to see the Orcas, the wonderful Orcas of….

  1. philipfontana

    Russel, This was excellent in EVERY WAY, content & photos…..except WE, WE (I’m 67), suffer from we don’t care too much about proofreading……there’s too much else in the world to do, see & write about with more typos! Phil from “Excuse Us…” (please excuse any typos! …”got to run!”

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      lol. indeed! seaworld was calling…………walruses, beluga whales, orca whales, dolphins, starfish, horseshoe crabs, polar bears, macaws, otters, east african crowned cranes, turtles, sharks…. and flowers! oh, so many flowers! maybe friday flower fiesta this week will be flowers from seaworld! yes!

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