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Killer whale kills... again
Old 02-26-2010, 12:23 PM   #21
I think that everyone in the news that is so shocked needs to get a reality check. He is a wild animal. He is HUGE. He is a carnivore. 3 reasons I would think any sane person would realize, this creature is DANGEROUS. He's been cooped up and made to do tricks, of course he's going to lash out. Idk, the way people are like "Euthanize him!!" makes my blood boil. They should realize it was PEOPLE who forced the whale into an environment he isn't used to! And to top it off, he's huge! He's a wild animal! He has killed other people before!!!

Some people need to realize what wild animals do doesn't make the animal "mean" or "vicious" or "evil". We put them in an unnatural situation, they react the way they are made, and we suddenly say it's the animals fault. Sheesh.
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Old 02-26-2010, 12:39 PM   #22
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Tillikum can't be expected to live in the wild. He was captured to early in his life like many of the early whales. Whales were captured in there first few years of life and many whales learn how to hunt at about age 8 or sometimes earlier. But most killer whales were captured at age 2 or 3.So he can't live in the wild. Keiko (Free Willy) proved that. After living in captivity for so long and then though being trained to live in the wild he died.
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Old 02-26-2010, 12:51 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by aunt kymmie View Post
Is Tilikum a captive bred or wild caught whale? I don't recall reading if he was or wasn't in the various articles.
He was wild caught at age two but he was to young to learn how to hunt so releasing him will only kill him. I'm not all for captivity but I do want to train these animals when I'm older.
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Old 02-26-2010, 01:09 PM   #24
I was hoping that he could be taught to take care of himself so he could be released back into the ocean. That makes me sad to thinkthat he can't be released back into the wild where he belongs. People should look at it from the whale's point of view. He's been forced to live in a small area when he was used to having the whole ocean to live in and forced into a life that is not natural.
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:57 PM   #25
My mom told me that they're not going to kill him but they're still going to keep him. I was hoping that they could safely release him into the wild. I hope they don't use him in any more shows. Animals like this; whales, dolphins and seals weren't bred to entertain and I can't watch those shows. My boyfriend can't stand going to zoos and seeing the wild animals caged in pens. Some zoos have huge pens for the animals, but no matter how big they are, it's still not big enough compared to the wild.
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:37 PM   #26
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There is such thing as a sanctuary where the whale is in the ocean, but they can't get out from the area, which is pretty big. I mean, have you seen what they keep the animals in at sea world??

Honestly, WILD animals shouldn't be taken out of the wild, shouldn't have to perform, shouldn't have to live in small small tanks. A WILD animal is a ticking time bomb IMO. You can't work with them and not expect things like this to happen.
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Old 02-26-2010, 11:11 PM   #27
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Ya I mean SeaWorld's tanks are huge compared to places like the Miami Seaquarium. I mean that place has one whale is a tank 1 and a half times the size of the whale plus she shares it with four or five dolphins. So basicly it's one betta in one of those stpuid Ipond things with a few tetras added to it. But if your going to keep something like that in captivity try something like a sanctuary (I believe they have one in Japan like that). And keep the animal close to its family. They're very closeknit and cant stand to be away from their families.

Here's a vid of that poor whale in the Miami Seaquarium who WAS old enoguh when captured to learn to hunt and still communicate with her pod. For 30 years she been cooped up and she's essential the survival of her pod in the pacific northwest. She deserves to be freed.

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Old 02-26-2010, 11:54 PM   #28
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Kym, I'm with you on the whales and dolphin bit. Sea otters and some of the seals seem to do really well in captivity though.
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Old 02-27-2010, 12:32 AM   #29
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Yes, I should have been more specific. Sea lions are almost like dogs in their personality and don't suffer in captivity like Cetaceans do. Sometimes I think I'm seeing the same seals day after day on my surfing outings and I swear their faces and eyes look just like my dogs. Without the captive breeding programs for Sea Otters I think they were facing sure extinction.
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Old 02-27-2010, 12:34 AM   #30
I bet they recognize you, too.
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