(AP Photo/SeaWorld Orlando, Steve Szerdy)
I’m saddened to inform you that one of Sea World’s killer whales has died suddenly. Kalina, a 25 year old female killer whale, seemed fine on Sunday. But Monday she seemed sick and died soon after.
Kalina was born at Sea World from her mother Katina. She had several calves of her own since then. The cause of death will not be known until they do a necropsy, results which can take up to 6 weeks.
It has not been a good year for Sea World Orlando, with the death of one of their long time killer whale trainers Dawn Brancheau coming months ago. She was killed by Tilikum, a large male killer whale.
Because of that and now this Sea World has been under attack by the animal rights groups who say Sea World should no longer keep killer whales. They think it’s cruel to keep them and should let them go into the sea.
Also a few months ago a killer whale named Taima died from complications from giving birth to a calve at Sea World Orlando. Two killer whales and a trainer dying all in the same year can not be good for SeaWorld.
I myself love Sea World. It’s never too crowded, has lots of shade as you walk around and it’s relaxing with all the animals around. They have great animal and marine exhibits.
But I must say this whole killer whale stuff has me thinking. I don’t think Sea World needs them, even if they are the major attraction at the moment. They are just so big and so smart, it seems a shame to keep them in small pools.
I think just as many people would come without the killer whales. They now have great rides and lots of other marine wildlife and animals to showcase. I don’t think Sea World needs to keep the killer whales. What do you think?