SeaWorld is coming for your children.
It will use pop music and pretty, clapping, spandex-clad youths riding and standing on captive wild creatures to create a living fairy tale that only a few of your children will understand is actually a lie.
Don’t let your children become a trussed up Hansel & Gretel to a dressed up, but very hungry, witch.
And lest one imagine that it is any better at other aquariums with captive marine mammals, stop it. You’re about to enter the fairy tale again. Which is exactly what they want. The Georgia Aquarium expressly entices you with the promise of magic:
It’s Broadway theater. With dolphin stars! Original music! Amazing choreography! And soaring action!
Be part of something magical.
Only at the world’s largest, most magical aquarium. Georgia Aquarium, where imaginations go to play.
I might have added, “And belugas go to die” if I didn’t want to extract you from that “most magical” wonderland of dolphin domination and alternating cycles of sensory deprivation/sensory overload. Take a moment to think about that. Just a moment. You can handle it.
Dolphins in barren concrete tanks, where they have ceased using much of their echolocation because it bounces around the concrete in a confusing manner that does not occur in nature. Alternate that with the aquariums’ cueing their horrific music. Every day. A never-ending cycle of silence-loud-silence-loud-silence-loud. “Three shows daily!” For the rest of the dolphins’ restricted and unimaginably empty lives.
At the risk of losing you to the “most magical” kingdom, here is the Georgia Aquarium’s ad to lure us in with our children, not to mention our secret and just-as-innocent inner child. Remember, it is not true. It is a constructed, “most magical” facade of domination and deprivation. Deep breath – now go on in.
Ugh. I suspect that you can see that it is hype, very well-made hype. But please, see behind that hype to the horrid existence for captive dolphins and whales and know that you’ve been had for your entire life if you thought that dolphin shows were okay. Had. Conned. By hype. To believe that you were doing something good for dolphins if you went to their show. Guess again. You weren’t. You were had. We were all had.
But don’t let them have your children. Take a pledge that you will not go to the dolphin show.
And if you see this post in time, watch Blackfish on CNN this Sunday, February 9, at 9pm and 11pm ET.