Jut a few words, as I swallow just a bit of vomit in my mouth.
“Why did you vomit, Mo?” I can hear you thinking inquisitively. Well, this morning it came to my attention that the World’s Largest Aquarium is screening a movie.
“Why would that make you vomit!!?” you’re continuing to turn over in your laudably open mind.
Well, it’s the comingling of mutually contradictory facts, also known as irony. Sometimes irony is amusing. But sometimes it makes you vomit. Today was a vomit kind of irony. The facts in today’s not so pleasant irony?
- Fact 1: The Georgia Aquarium is the World’s Largest Aquarium. It sought and gained that status as a result of having built dolphin tanks – as little as 8 feet deep for a creature that in the wild dives hundreds of feet on a regular basis – and brought dolphins in from where they had been captive bred, well, except for the one dolphin that was caught in the wild.
Now, that’s a video you should watch – of dolphins being wrested from the ocean, trapped in nets, crying, trying not to drown, separated from their family. Sometimes getting free, but because it refuses to leave its family, is recaptured.
It’s also the World’s Largest Aquarium because of having to build a large tank in order to house one of its other attractions, the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, which were, not so incidentally, or coincidentally, caught in the wild.
- Fact 2: The World’s Largest Aquarium (built so that it can house lots and lots and lots of animals that should be swimming free in the wild) is screening a movie. I know you’re still not getting why that would make me vomit. Well, the movie is a fictionalized account of an effort in the 1980s by a Greenpeace staffer of rescuing some free and wild grey whales that were trapped in the ice off the coast of Alaska.
Oops. Vomited again.
They’ve included the price of the ticket to the movie – the one about saving the wild humpback whales so they would continue to live free lives – in with the price of seeing dolphins, beluga whales and whale sharks (and the list goes on) that will live in captivity until they die a likely premature death.
Here’s that video that I said you might want to watch:
But it isn’t the irony that gets me; it’s the hypocrisy.
The big miracle is that I didn’t blow chunks.
So, go see the movie if you want. But see it without the hypocrisy. See it at a theater where they don’t at the same time that you’re saying “free the whales” make their living dependent on your thinking that captivity is okay.