should orcas be in captivity? by Sam Morton

Orcas in captivity

Orcas in captivity are time bombs ticking. There are almost 70 or 80 reports of deaths or injuries to humans by captive orcas and none from orcas in the wild. The main culprits are orcas held captive by Seaworld.

Orcas in captivity are ok at first but then they get annoyed and angry because they normally would swim 100 miles a day! This would mean they would have to swim around the outside of their cement bathtubs 1000 times! And from the furthest end to end 1600 times! Orcas have highly developed emotional brain cells and they are much more social than the human and so it is not surprising that there are so many attacks from captive orcas because they get frustrated. Imagine a coffee table 1 metres by half a metre. That is the equivalent of what they used to sleep in normally with two other orcas! Now it is not much better either imagine living in a 4 metre by 4 metre room for the rest of your life!

Orcas in the wild live about 60 to 80 years – male and 80 – 100 – female. Orcas in captivity normally live about 20 – 30 years! As you can tell there is quite a difference in life span. Also orcas who are in captivity are forced to do stunts and tricks for a handful of fish and also mentioning that they are normally starved so they would have a bad behaviour or do anything to eat. You do not want a scared orca or angry orca because they will most likely act like a bull or tiger shark! Orcas in captivity have a curved fin because they have a sad or distressed life but orcas in the wild have a straight fin because they have happy lives and have not been stolen from their pod. Imagine you being a small child and someone random come and take you away imagine how much stress would be on you and your family and not being able to do anything about it. would you want this to happen to you?

You can help these poor captive orcas by not going to the seaworld orca shows and other marine parks. This is a step to help free the remaining orcas at Seaworld and other alike. Make a difference! Save the orcas!

REFLECTION:

What did I do well: the 2 things I did well were researching my topic and creating the image. to research my topic i watched Blackfish (the movie) and read lots of web pages including P.E.T.A, seaworld of hurt, seaworld and whales.org. To create the image I used photoshop. i found an image of an orca at Seaworld and overlaid the image with a picture of wire fence.

What would I do differently if I had to do the task again: I found using the adobe spark page and thinglink extremely difficult to understand and operate. It took many hours to figure out logins and passwords and how to use the web pages properly. Next time I would prefer to use programs i already know like powerpoint and word.

What help did I need? I needed some help working out how to use adobe spark and thinglink. with my mum we used the help documents that were sent out, we did lots of research on the web and we went to the after school english help class. I also used my English Is textbook to understand persuasive devices.

The main thing about the art of persuasion that I have learnt from this task is: there are many different ways to convince people to think the way you do about a topic. the persuasive device I used most was to appeal to emotions and values. (basically I was trying to make people feel guilty of themselves) my mum says I'm very good at this!

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