Yes, one of Tilicum's trainers said he could see that there was intelligence behind those eyes. And most trainers really enjoyed and preferred to work with him. Once again, the yin and yang of their position. One trainer claimed he realized what he was doing was wrong, but stayed on because he cared for the Orcas and feared for their well-being without his presence. Too bad so many wait until the "ride" has ended for them before they step forward. Not one actively employed trainer from Sea World appeared in the story. That's how much they love what they're doing, so it's a Sea World corporation problem and a people problem too. There's always going to be a line-up of people wanting to work with those Orca's....some would do-it for free.
He threatened to LEAVE. This organization clearly does not have a very deep bullpen. Many have left for less boring pastures or Orchards, some may say.
I agree with you to a point. I find the Zoo environment much more destructive to the animals and are far better examples of USELESS animal exploitation. I mean, the animals are just THERE. Captured and put on-display like pieces of pottery. Many are poorly treated. At least you can see some reasoning behind Sea World's activities, it's about the money. Shows and interactions behind the façade of "education" FOR MONEY. Zoo's exist just for?....I can't think of any reason Zoo's exist......enlighten me somebody?
By sheer volume, that place is the Guantanamo Bay for animals Super-Sized.
Loved the parts where the ex-trainers explain how young and stupid they were to have made such outrageous remarks.....The whales WANT to do these behaviors for you. It's not about the fish we feed them, they WANT to entertain you....we are working in partnership with the whales! Several trainers come off as a tad hypocritical, if you asked them if they would do-it-again, that is become trainers and participate in this entire process, the answer would be yes. And isn't that the selfish part of it all....I feel sorry for the animals at the San Diego Zoo, most are just standing around waiting to die, but there is nothing I can do about it except avoid the place as a depressing part of being human.
You'll love this, in the 1960's Sea World had Pearl Diving right on-site. The premise was that the diver would dive into a modified pool and retrieve an Oyster (and Pearl) from a mock Oyster bed for the customer to purchase. It was supposed to make it a real special thing...retrieved personally for you...and all that. Esthetically it was great, all the divers were attractive young women dressed in traditional pearl-diving garb. Trouble was they had a bucket tied to their ankles in which to put the collected Oysters and that stupid bucket would inevitably get caught in the Oyster Bed, keeping the snorkeling diver from surfacing for air. After the spotters had to dive in a few times to keep the caught women from drowning, Sea World abandoned the Oyster disaster. Was fun while it lasted.
Extra appendages, malformed beaks....KFC doesn't care, what's the price on these Birds? Give me a good deal and I'll look the other way......
Diabetes is no fun, but Hershey sure makes it look that way.
Only time will tell......