If you haven’t had an opportunity to see Blackfish, a documentary exposing the dark underbelly of SeaWorld and other marine parks that exploit orca (and other nonhumans), I encourage you to watch it on CNN on October 24th.
Orca develop lifelong social bonds. They stay with their family pod forever. There is no empty nest syndrome, no teenage Orca going off to explore the ocean currents. The pod they are born to is with whom they will die. It is the Orca way…and for decades humans disrupted that familial tie by stealing babies from their families and putting them on display for human entertainment.