About two years ago I got to go to the rehabilitation center at SeaWorld Orlando. What I can say is that it really is not very high quality for a billion dollar corporation who’s goal is to “educate, and preserve ocean life.” The tanks were very small, and some didn’t even have shading over the full enclosure. The manatee tanks were incredibly filthy. This is a picture I took of a dolphin (I believe her name is Sabrina) she had another tank mate named Haley. These dolphins live in a blue box with no stimulation and only 1/5 of the small pool had shading. When asked why they were in there and not with other dolphins, the worker simply said “they don’t get along with other dolphins.” Yet I know that there is way more to their story than that. I also had the chance to see Hundy (300) the pilot whale who had scoliosis. Her back was lathered in sunscreen, and she barely moved an inch. They talked about another pilot whale named Freddi who was “rescued” and put in the same tank as Hundy, but had to be moved because Freddi was “too energetic” since then, Hundy has passed away. While I was at SW, I got to see Freddi in the dolphin show pool. For an animal who was “rescued” she sure seemed fine to me.
My point is, SeaWorld does not focus on rescue and rehabilitation. These animals there live in small, hot unshaded, dirty enclosures, and are often very bored. If SW really “cared” like they say, they would give these animals the best temporary (or long term) enclosures, and care possible.