Although the aquarium is a great place to go, the animals that live there do suffer. During the year of 2016, SeaWorld received a lot of backlash for their policies involving breeding a whale known as an orca. So they agreed to stop breeding them. But they decided to keep the remaining ones.
This was recently problematic because of an orca that just died. Kayla, a 30-year-old orca died on January 28. This unfortunate event took place at SeaWorld Orlando. As soon as Kayla died, SeaWorld publicly posted,
“It is with great sadness that SeaWorld announces that Kayla, a 30-year-old female orca, died the morning of Jan. 28, 2019, with her animal care specialists by her side.
The exact cause of death will not be known until the results of a post-mortem examination are complete, which may take several weeks. The entire SeaWorld family is deeply saddened by the loss.”
Even though 30-years-old seems old for a whale, it is far from it. Most wild female whales live up to 80 years old. But unfortunately, Kayla’s age at her time of death is not uncommon for other orca whales who have lived at SeaWorld. Almost 50 orca whales have died in the company of SeaWorld. This makes a lot of people question whether or not orca whales should be allowed to live in aquariums.
Quad Finn, who was once a marine mammal researcher, recently shared his thoughts on Kayla’s death. He tweeted,
“Kayla was only 30 years old when she died today, which is normally far too young for a female Orca to die (average lifespan is 50 years in the wild), but not at @SeaWorld. Kayla’s mother Kenau died at age 15, her
father Orky died at age 26, and her only calf Halyn died at age 2.”
If you are interested in the orca whale, please watch the video below!