Sam Simon, American director, producer, writer and philanthropist, tweeted a disturbing photo of a killer whale in captivity at Mundo Marino in Argentina on Friday. The tweet read: “This is Kshamenk, the most abused orca in the world, permanently bent from living in a pool.” In 1992, a male killer whale, now approximately 25 years of age, was captured during a forced stranding, along with three other killer whales, to be held in SeaWorld’s captivity. Named Kshamenk, the killer whale was only 5 years old when he was plucked from the sea and turned into a “cash cow” for the public’s entertainment.
Kshamenk was the only survivor taken into captivity. One was returned to sea because it was too large to transfer, another died in transit and the third died by apparent “suicide” after repeatedly crashing into the walls of the pool where it was housed. Captivity is deteriorating this magnificent creature both physically and emotionally. Kshamenk is sexually frustrated, angry, depressed and hostile to his trainers, which can be dangerous for both killer whale and human.
According to a petition on Change.org, it is believed that Kshamenk is a great candidate for reintegration into the wild because he had approximately 5 years at sea before being captured. He most likely learned how to feed, communicate and survive on his own as a youngster and could pick up where he left off decades ago.
Photo Credit: @SamSimon
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