When I Grow Up, I Want to Be…

For as long as I could remember, my dream was to become a Sea World trainer.

I went to Sea World almost every year of my childhood and went as often as I could as an adult.  I wanted to study marine biology in college, but my parents convinced me that it wouldn’t be the smartest investment.  I went on to study biology anyways, and when I realized that chemistry wasn’t my ally, I moved on to other things.

Being a trainer would still linger in the back of my mind.  I always had a soft spot for the marine world, so to swim and train with these beautiful creatures was the ultimate dream.  They seemed so happy — the whales, dolphins, and the trainers.

How could I be so blind?

After watching the documentary “The Cove” I started to see things extremely differently.

How would it feel to be at work 24/7 doing tricks for your boss?  You can’t get out.  You can’t get away.  You’re isolated from your friends and family.  All do you is work and get paid with fish.  Mind you, dolphins and whales are social creatures.  They travel in large groups.  They’re intelligent mammals — which is why they can even learn these tricks despite not speaking the same language as us.  They understand, and I think that’s why we’re so intrigued by them (well, at least me).

I started following the Ocean Preservation Society on Facebook to get updates on situations like “The Cove.”  They brought up another documentary called “Blackfish.”  This is about orcas / killer whales.

I just watched it today with my husband, and we both left heartbroken and in awe.  I will never see Sea World the same way again.  Instead, today, I am completely against it.  Money drives people to do barbaric things.  I’m still in shock and still holding back tears thinking about how ignorant I could’ve possibly been to think this was a good situation.

Please watch this documentary and educate yourself.  Trailer is on the bottom of the above article (link) if you’d like a sneak peek.

The Nootka Indians called orca whales blackfish.  They felt that the orca whales brought them strength, good health and food; and they were a focal point of their social, cultural and religious lives. (photo cred: Google)
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