ANSAGE an SEAWORLD! - Warum Orcas in Gefangenschaft töten... | Robert Marc Lehmann
Okay, so let's watch another video. I want to talk to you about something. Some questions about
orcas in captivity came up around the orca series. SeaWorld, fatalities and so on. Now, as this is usually the topic of a 3 hour presentation of mine, I will try to break this topic down into the basic idea of what is going wrong and the challenges involved. So that you can research and look it up yourself and get some recommendations along the way. We talk about why
orcas kill people and why they keep doing it. There have been four confirmed human deaths from
None in the wild, probably a case of a light attack by an orca on a surfer - unconfirmed, unproven. But other than that, there is no record of a single attack or threatening situation between an orca and a human in the wild. In captivity it's a different story. I am aware of more than 200 cases where
orcas have been involved in threatening situations with trainers, visitors or the like. And 4 dead. We're investigating. Looks. I'm doing an orca presentation, those who have had the pleasure will remember and those who haven't been there can look forward to it. Let's see: the whole mess started in 1964, because that was the year an orca was first ever captured.
The famous "Namu the Killer Whale". He got - as far as I know - tangled in a fishing net and was "rescued" and taken captive by a guy who quickly realized that the whale was becoming tame, that you could ride it and put on a show around it.. Well , that was the start of the whole SeaWorld captive orca cash cow situation. It all started in 1964. One of the most famous whales is of course Keiko, the main character in the movie Free Willy - you've probably all seen him, but if you haven't you should check him out - who came from this small pool in Mexico and was chosen for the film, slightly as a large one Males can be seen with the sunken dorsal fin.
You already know why it collapsed, you probably learned seeing 0800 SEE ORCA: stress, sun exposure, inability to dive, sadness, fear and so on. In the end, of course, this whale jumps over the partition and swims free, which didn't really happen, and that story - I think I've talked about it before, but other than that, we can do a video about Keiko and his release, like in the Am In the end he was actually released back into the wild. That is, he was trained in a pool, taken to Iceland and prepared there for his release. He was released.
And the biggest challenge was getting him to look down again, not to his sneakers where all the love and food came from, but to learn to look back into the water. Orca in captivity - that's how it all started. Since 1964, several dozen
orcas have been caught and bred... far more than 100. There are currently more than 90 animals in captivity - greetings from Russia. Most important thing to know: There are no orca incidents in the wild. Period. And as mentioned, more than 200 that I know - I'm sure Ingrid would know more - and if you do some thorough research you're sure to find more about them and about specific cases.
The problem with keeping
orcas in captivity is: First, it's a large predator. You learned a lot about them through my series – how they move, family structures, swim more than 100 km a day, how similar they are to us, how they have social structures, speak different languages, culture, prey, all that. …none need to repeat it all. The problem with keeping them in captivity mainly at SeaWorld and some other institutions around the world - there are also
orcas captured in Europe - in Loro Parque or in France, but many also in the US or Asia, is how they are treated.
Dancing on their snouts, riding on their heads, waving the American flag - not as much as it used to be - you sent me pics today of 2 trainers standing on the
orcas.. The,.. oh look, I'm covering actually the penis! The semen of males is collected in order to artificially inseminate females, that is, the sexual partner is a tamer, which can lead to awkward situations. And apart from artificial insemination and administration of drugs, they are not treated with dignity in my opinion. This causes many
orcas to develop serious problems in captivity, such as: B. Jaws open - we can see the jawbone here, the flesh is completely rotted, the teeth here are all ground off from biting into concrete due to stereotypical behavior.
This is an orca named Keto, we are going to get to know this one who has been involved in a number of incidents. Here you can see the teeth completely ground off, the jaw already attacked.. Also here, and here an orca in captivity that has completely ground its teeth on the concrete. And of course open teeth - that hurts them just as much as it does everyone else. That has to be flushed three times a day... disastrous. catastrophic conditions. If you look closely at animals or fish in captivity, you can see all of these things. As a casual visitor to an orca show, you won't see it.
You are all already sensitized, you know a lot about orca, you will always see it. OK. Let's move on to an incident involving an orca in captivity. I'll have to check if I can hear the sound at all, let's see. The footage is of poor quality, very old videos, but it shows well what is happening. I'll turn the volume down a bit and talk about it.. ♫ Orca is swimming.. ♫ So look here, the trainers are getting a little upset because the orca has grabbed a trainer. And now you have to separate the
orcas, because as you know,
orcas share everything.
Including this trainer. The trainer is underwater and everyone goes nuts trying to save the trainer. Come on, give him back! Okay, that's a good whale. Good whale, didn't eat the trainer. Here he is. So how do you get out of a pool full of killer whales? Distraction, good tactic. Must be done. The coach could have a broken ankle. ♫ Killer whale, killer whale! ♫ Oh, there's a bit of a limp... but chest out and backstage. With a broken ankle. Oh well. And the audience... ♫ Na, na, na, Orca! ♫ I was at a dolphin show in Nuremberg once.. ♫ ♫ ♫ And all the dolphins ♫ jumped happily through the hoops ♫ ♫ and the audience clapped ♫ everything so nice here! ♫ ♫ And if one doesn't obey ♫ they're segregated and have nothing to eat ♫ They just don't tell you that.
So. Again the situation: The trainer jumps off and is grabbed. ♫ Orca, orca.. ♫ ♫ Swims to shore... ♫ And there he's grabbed and his leg twisted. Oh well. Typical incident at one of those SeaWorld shows. First things first - the music goes on, the show must go on. Nobody really understands what is happening, but it could have ended fatally. And will end fatally. In another case that we will look at. This is a rough... this video is wild. Don't mess with Kasatka. Fritz Meinecke would not have survived holding his breath for just 40 seconds on his first attempt at the Ocean Warrior.
So, pulled under water for a minute, you can also see how hard he goes down when a 5000lb animal pulls you down.. Check it out.. One of the most experienced trainers. The whole situation lasted several minutes, he was being pulled down again and again, she was holding his leg in her muzzle, which resulted in some serious bite wounds, but he held his breath long enough, calming the animal and despite the excellent bond our trainers maintain those wild predators... they've built them up over the years... the beast got back at it. And showed the coach who's boss.
orcas shouldn't be kept in captivity. pure frustration. Show that coach: I'm sick of your nonsense. Leave me alone. I'll show you who's boss around here. Kasatka - an orca I wouldn't mess with. She's already caused quite a stir. Good. Then let's take a look at this one. Pay attention to... well, watch the video first. What happens there. We are in Loro Parque in Tenerife. Let's go in there. We have brought the orca to shore and if it refuses to take its medication the gloves are removed. Again - pay attention to the man I point to you with the arrow.
This. You do that to an animal for years... and say you love that animal. And you are the coach and look after his well-being. I don't deny these orca trainers their love for these animals. Just as I wouldn't deny the love of an orangutan, a tiger or a meerkat to any caregiver. You love them all, I know that. You would not intentionally torture these animals. This is something I'm struggling to keep up with that idea. And the man we saw there, Alexis Martinez, is dead now. Killed by that orca. He died on Christmas 2009 and was quite young, I don't think 30 years old if I remember correctly.
And this case you can research, so I'm not telling you nonsense here, it's obviously all hearsay, told spontaneously and off the cuff. Alexis was drowned - as Loro Parque reports - tripped and drowned and then you look at the autopsy report on this case and you see severe pulmonary edema, several severe bite wounds, a crushed chest and you can't help but think. How can this happen when drowning? That seems... unusual. And when his fiancee - again only hearsay - arrived at the coroner's office when the body was uncovered for identification, she was surprised as she was expecting a drowned person, but in front of her was a person bitten to death by an orca.
You can look it all up. In Blackfish 1 and Blackfish 2 - documentation on the subject that I recommend. Several YouTube videos too.. Just wanted to mention that if you treat
orcas like this and work with these top predators and confine such highly sensitive animals when you go in the water with them, it can escalate at any time. Of course I feel very sorry for Alexis, you don't wish that on your worst enemy, but it could have happened at any time. I recommend the books by John Hargrove, former orca trainer, SeaWorld trainer, who I was in contact with, read his book.
He details what they do to these
orcas behind closed doors and what really happens backstage. Really great book. You can find John Hargrove on Google or Instagram. He's a great guy. So. Let's talk about another death. Dawn Brancheau, which led to the Blackfish film, which revolves heavily around her death, used to be the world's most beautiful and tallest orca trainer to handle this nearly 10,000-pound orca named Tilikum. A blonde, composed, beautiful orca trainer with a beaming smile.. a queen over this predator. Was SeaWorld's flagship for many years - Tilikum as well as Dawn. Again, SeaWorld stated that Dawn Brancheau tripped, fell into the orca aquarium, and died.
The autopsy report leaves many questions unanswered as she was recovered without hair or scalp and her torso had been severed. I wouldn't know how that happens if you just fall into a tank. But when working with these killer whales, it was almost to be expected. Responsible for a total of 3 deaths, Tilikum has since passed away and was the most conspicuous male orca ever kept at SeaWorld. Here you can see his huge fins - almost as long as Dawn herself. And the huge collapsed sword - he was a huge orca. And he killed her. Since then the tanks have been fitted with lifting floors as they could not reach Dawn.
They couldn't have saved her and the orca focused on her for minutes. Regarding this topic, watch these films again or read this book - Death at SeaWorld by David Kirby and the films Blackfish 1 and 2 are worth seeing. That would be my recommendation for "Why Orca Kill Humans". And I think everyone who has seen my series about
orcas understands how badass these animals are. How much power they have, how intelligent they are, what their demands are. And now imagine - separated from her family and locked in a concrete tank. No! Just no. You can find several reports about these deaths on the Internet, you can read them, there are sometimes contradictory opinions between the zoo world, animal rights activists, forensic scientists and the media.
Make up your own mind. Read it. All I can say is read it with a healthy dose of suspicion. There it is again - which was concealed by SeaWorld - but revealed after the autopsy report came out: The orca scalped its trainer. Very sad ending for such a great woman and also a sad ending for Tilikum, because you can find a lot about Tilikum on the internet. Born 1983 - no, caught near Iceland in 1983! And taken to SeaWorld Orlando and look - Tilikum weighed 5.4 tons. This was the largest male orca ever in captivity. Stunning animal. Just before the birth on December 24, 1991, an incident occurred in which one of Tilikum's trainers was killed.
Trainer Keltie Byrne's foot was struck by the whale