Do you like Sea World? The Killer Whale shows, the Dolphin shows, the fish tanks, the seals, and all the other countless animals they have? Do you think the shows are amazing? Do you sit there awestruck watching these giant animals that could squish you like a fly do everything these little stick people ask them to do?
My grandmother bought tickets for my dad and his girlfriend
slut to take me and my brothers to the Georgia Aquarium. I thought the fish tanks were cool. I've tried to keep fish, but have never been long term successful. I LOVE designing my tanks, and keep coming up with new and cool ways to enhance the habitat of my fish. So, yeah I thought the fish tanks were cool. I mostly studied their set-ups.
But as we go farther into the aquarium and go through the different sections, we start seeing larger animals. We saw beluga whales, dolphins, and whale sharks (which apparently the aquarium is famous for). This was a while ago, but I still remember like it happened an hour ago the heart-wrenching sadness I felt as the beluga whales would swim against the glass. I remember the tour guide say that they did that because it felt good for them. But all I was thinking was that their tank looked incredibly small to me, for whales twice as long as I was tall. I think they had about 4-5 in there, all repeatedly crashing against the glass. I have no idea if they actually like sliding on the glass. But if you think about it, if you were kept in a small room and were never allowed out (except for going to another small room), wouldn't you want to test the walls? I know I'd probably spent my whole life beating against the walls. Even if they'd given up trying to move walls, they very well could have continued crashing into the glass just for the sake of something to do. Out of boredom. Again, they very well could have actually liked sliding on the glass. But I have my serious doubts about that.
And then we saw the whale sharks. They did this whole presentation on how they were the only ones to successfully keep them in captivity or something like that. They had 3 or 4, all pretty young and not fully grown. But again, all I could do was look at their tank and think it incredibly small. I don't care how big you make a tank, a little speck that doesn't even show up on the map when zoomed out cannot POSSIBLY compare to the whole ocean, which takes up more space than the land you live on.
Later my dad and his girlfriend
slut took us to the dolphin show. My biology teacher worked with Dolphins. The real dolphin that was in the movie Dolphin Tail? She'd met that dolphin, long before it was ever in a movie. Whenever we had a day off from taking notes, or a sub. for a day, or just cuz she felt like it, we'd watch documentaries. One of which being The Cove I think, where it shows that Japan is slaughtering dolphins for meat. I believe that documentary went over a dolphin's life in captivity. There was this one dolphin that got so depressed in captivity that it went to its trainer, laid in his arms, held his/her breath, and went underwater. The dolphin never breathed again. It committed suicide. (Here's a link to The Cove if you want to watch it: [link])
Knowing this, I was legit crying during the dolphin performance. I felt so bad for the dolphins.
And this is where I forget why the hell i was writing this journal... Idk. I watched Blackfish and felt like it. Its documentaries like that that really make you step back and think. Some things people, are NOT MEANT TO BE KEPT IN CAGES! I'm an animal person, I like having pets. I like watching them, playing with them, interacting with them. I've had the chance to work with some more exotic animals as well. But, there's a line as to what you can and cant keep in a box. Dolphins, Killer Whales, any kind of whale really, whale sharks, sharks, etc. I consider all of those on the side of the line people shouldn't cross. By all means, study them. In the wild, not in a box. You cannot get any real data by keeping an animal in a box anyway, it will not behave normally so there's no point.
What pissed me off the most of that whole experience was when we got back my dads girlfriend
slut was telling my grandmother all about it. She told my grandmother I LOVED it, that i was AWESTRUCK and that I thought it was FANTASTIC. I was so pissed I was ready to punch the wall. I hated every minute of it. I hated that several hundred dollars had gone to support caging these animals.
I feel like doing protest art. Badly. It'll happen. I already have an idea in mind ¬.¬
//End rant on unethical animal captivity.