Do you like visiting aquariums? They are loved by many. They make it possible for people to get acquainted with marine creatures they would otherwise never see. Unfortunately, not everything is so bright about the very concept of aquariums and marine parks. When the documentary "Blackfish" came out, the image of such entertainment establishments underwent a serious damage. 

Visitors often have a misconception that trainers in aquariums are specialists in marine biology. After all, they have such extensive knowledge about these creatures! Totally wrong. People who interact with animals and participate in shows are only performers. They have no professional credentials about orcas or other marine animals. They’re simply hired to entertain the crowd. 

Orcas are starved 0:45
People who work with orcas get killed 1:07
Orcas live shorter lives in captivity 1:51
Orcas have to live in tiny tanks 2:27 
A collapsed dorsal fin isn't normal 3:17
Drugs are used on killer whales 3:52
Killer whales have problems with their teeth 4:25
Employees paint over the whales' sunburns 4:46
The trainers are not marine biologists 5:23
Captive orcas injure other animals 5:51
They artificially breed killer whales 6:20
Orcas are hurt by chlorine 7:08
Gelatin is used to keep orcas hydrated 7:37

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Killer whale and trainer during a Shamu performance at Seaworld in Orlando, Florida: By Loadmaster (David R. Tribble), CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9576553
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- Giving a treat is a typical approach while training an animal. But unfortunately, these treats seem to serve as usual food. Employees are instructed to keep the orcas hungry.
- In the wild, male orcas live for 70 years, while the females’ lifespan is even longer: 100 years. But in captivity, orcas don't have a chance to enjoy a long happy life. In most cases, they die as teenagers, usually after they turn just 13 years old.
- The tanks these animals live in are immensely small for them. In fact, the length of one tank is one-millionth of the distance an adult orca can cross a day in the ocean.
- In the wild, only 1% of all orcas suffer from problems with their fins. And if they do, it means they're sick or injured.
- If orca misbehaves or gets too excited, trainers force-feed it sedative drugs.
- To prevent the public from asking questions about the change of color on the whales’ skin, trainers cover their sunburns with zinc oxide. This substance is black and does a good job at masking the horror. 
- People who interact with animals and participate in shows are only performers. They have no professional credentials about orcas or other marine animals.
- When orcas live in captivity for prolonged periods of time, they become extremely aggressive. But they don’t just hurt the trainers; they fight each other and other animals as well.
- Chlorine levels in tanks are way too high and damage the health of the animals kept in them. As a result of all the chlorine, killer whales have mucus running from their eyes and problems with their vision.

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