How Captivity Affects Orcinus Orca

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How Captivity Affects Orcinus Orca The Orcinus orca is a highly intelligent and social creature. Their brains are five times the size of the average human brain; they live in matriarchal pods that can be up to, and sometimes over, one hundred individual orcas. Each pod of orcas has a completely different dialect, and set of behaviours and skills. When these brilliant animals are senselessly removed from their vast and borderless ocean environments and put into facilities that are similar to what a bathtub would be for a human, it can cause irreparable repercussions to that orca’s mental well being. Living in captivity not only affects their physical health but their mental health as well. There have been multiple incidents where captive orcas have attacked their trainers, but not once has there ever been an orca who has attacked a human being in the wild. Captivity negatively affects the natural social structures of orcas and affects their mental and physical well being tremendously. By humans trying to contain what they cannot control, the animals are being put at risk. Predominantly, orcas have an enlarged lobe adjacent to their limbic system, the system that processes emotions, which makes them more capable of emotional depth. The enlarged lobe suggests that while they are processing emotions, they are doing something much more sophisticated and complex. Therefore, due to their highly emotional state, they are not capable to mentally handle captivity. In captivity, orcas are often punished or withheld from food when they do not do the right action or when they are misbehaving. The following comes from an article that gives tips on how to train an orca. “If an Orca makes mistakes, it is crucial to ignore them and encourage the animal to continue. Gradually increase your standard for performance.” (“How To Effectively Train a Killer Whale”) This quote shows

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