" Most of our animals are rescued from the wild because they are incapable of surviving or seriously injured. And Seaworld takes them in and takes care of them. And if they aren’t deemed releasable they look after the animals. Ya it seems unfair and cruel. But does that make it any better than releasing them into the wild where they can’t survive?"
This photo is of a young Kandu 5, she was a healthy orca at the time of capture, like all sw orca are so that they can be trained.
Kandu V was a dominant female Icelandic orca, caught in 1977 and kept at SeaWorld San Diego in California. On August 21, 1989, she attempted to rake a newcomer orca, Corky II, with her mouth during a live show. Instead she missed and ended up slamming into a wall. The blow severed an artery near Kandu V’s jaw, and she began spouting blood. The crowd was quickly ushered out, and after a 45-minute hemorrhage, Kandu V died. Her daughter, Orkid, was 11 months old at the time of the accident.
Now, orca in the wild do not show aggression such as this due to that fact that they live in matriarchal societies. These two orca, Kandu & Corky, were from two different population’s, both ripped from their families/ Kandu being of Icelandic decent and Corky from Northern Resident decent. Had these orca been left alone to live natural live’s with their families Kandu 5 would have never suffered the way she did.