I did the sketch for this a few days ago and was going to make a more finished version for today, but my week was a little interesting.
So have have the quick-colored and cleaned-up sketch.
Happy 50th Sea World. I’m bringing out the reality of that celebration. 50 years of piling up dead Shamus for human amusement.
Such an occasion, right?
so many notes. i’m glad this is getting around. this picture is unfortunately amazingly true. and to everyone who thinks it should be the other way around:
- over 170 orcas have been captured from the wild since the 1960s. of those, 11 are still alive. male orcas can live to be in their 50s or more, while females can live to be in their 80s; there are some orcas known to be over 100 years old.
- no orca has died of old age in captivity. they’ve either had a painful illness, injury, self-inflicted injury, infections, stillbirth and pregnancy complications, and suicide.
- Tilikum is responsible for the death of 3 people: keltie byrne (part-time trainer), daniel p dukes (man who stayed after hours and jumped into the orca tank) and dawn brancheau (senior trainer). He has sired 21 calves, with only 11 still alive. Keto is responsible for the death of his trainer. So overall, there have been 4 deaths recorded from orca attacks IN HISTORY.
- The orcas did not volunteer to perform and live a life in captivity. You cannot blame them for their actions.
- This is entirely man’s fault. We are the ones who captured them, and we faced our consequences, and they still suffer theirs.
just needed to include that before people with no idea about anything start saying “it should be the other way around!”