I once took my family to SeaWorld, and of course the kids gravitated for the underwater viewing glass and it all seemed alright. One of the small girl whales was being very tender towards them, it really surprised me. It just so happened some of the trainers were loitering and speaking with people and thus made their rounds to me. They had the orca before us do a few of these so-called behaviors. After providing a short spectacle for the kids I left them to go about and play with the animals through the glass as I spoke to one of the trainers. That trainer then slipped up something that set off a few red lights in my head. Quote: “But yes we’re really blessed to be able to work with these animals day-in, day-out, I’m glad your family enjoyed their tri—performances.” Unquote. …. I sat in silence for several moments before pretending I didn’t hear the slip up. I -knew- they were going to say “Tricks.” For these reasons I’m holding their identity and the fact the trainer looked -extremely- nervous, perpetuated me. I wasn’t going to get mad at them or anything of the sort but I decided to leave it. Why they continue to disguise these tricks with the mis-leading, confusing, ‘uppercrust’ title of ‘behaviours’ I don’t understand. That’s misinformation for one thing, and out of everything I saw nothing they did was what their wild counterparts executed on the daily bases. Then after some research and finding the park was built on nothing but violence, dead animals, and lies, I can see why they would lie about teaching them tricks, too. They just bloody lie about everything and disguise it all. So I sat back and wondered “What in the -hell- is wrong with this park!?” To top it off, when we left SeaWorld that day I felt no more educated on dolphins and whales than I did entering it. They didn’t teach us anything, only that the whales were pretty and they did fancy moves. Where’s the education and appreciation in that? Even my two kiddos admitted that before I did!