The Wishing Fish
A Drool To The Naked Human Eye, A Tear To The Mammal Who Is Internally Left To Die.
This article is based on the documentaries which are slowly becoming well known, worldwide(Blackfish and The Cove).
Most of us are HUGE fans of dolphins, killerwhales(more commonly known as shamu) and many different types of fish. We only know what they look like, but barely have any idea on what the underlying emotion is, within their bodies and smiles.
To begin with, I would love to give a very good example, which I rephrased what's commonly commented with regards to aquariums. Since we are human beings, we tend to move to different places. Places here, could mean rooms within a house, houses within a building and a country to another. Imagine staying in one room and being given food at your room door-step for three consecutive days. The feeling of mere boredom would eventually airse, and we would move out from the room to get some change and interact with our loved ones.
With regards to the paragraph above, we can easily relate this small scenario with that of (for instance) cute and intelligent dolphins. Their initial homes are the nature-given water bodies on earth. We move them to artificial tanks which can NOT be compared to the size of the oceans and sea. Whales and Dolphins are mammals just like we are. The baby dolphins and whales live and are alongside their mothers, nearly all the time. When individuals decide to entertain people for MONEY(which is, by the way, very different from caring for them when injured-as you then have to let them go once well), they do not realise the pain, a mother dolphin or whale has to go through(as described in Blackfish).
A different reason from entertainment is that whales and dolphins are "Captured" for their meat. At first, this sounds like a normal and usual sentence. One would ask," Oh yeah! What's the big deal in that? Fish, chicken, goats and pigs are slaughtered too,for delicious food."
According to my research(with the help of educational websites which show reports made by scientists*mentioned below*), Dolphin meat is known to have HIGH level of mercury which is VERY toxic and dangerous to consume, by a human being. The easy way to unearth this statement, is that shown beautifully, by the documentary, the cove. Mercury enters the water via pollution(industries dumping wastes), which is consumed by small fish(a gram per fish). A bigger fish consumes, approximately, 20 of THOSE small fish thus summing up to 20 grams of mercury in it. The " This-fish-eats-that" then builds up to the dolphins, where the concenration of mercury then becomes quite high(since they're at the top of the food chain). To accumulate this, the mercury level an individual intakes from dolphin meat, is very high.
Side effects of dolphin meat were shown, since the 1950s, and now the meat is banned in school lunches for children. The meat is said to be EXTRA harmful to children and expecting mothers. This meat also affects the nervous system and can damage the human brain.
A search shows that 92% of the dolphins are slaughtered for their meat. If dolphin meat is harmful, then why kill these dolphins in the first place? The meat from a cow, goat or other animals, do not contain toxic matter, compared to that in dolphins. Our consumption of meat and chicken should instead be reduced, so as to conserve our aquatic environment.
Level of consumption(especially fish) should not be eliminated completely. Fish contain proteins which play a vital role in our bodies. As mentioned above, the consumption should be decreased to a certain level, annually. Not only will this conserve the aquatic environment, but it will also allow the dolphins and other big fish to have their portion(since fish is their main food) and would not have to carry any blame on them for eating too many fish and thus having to be killed(Yet another reason of killing whales and dolphins), in order to replenish the number of fish again.
Places like SeaWorld and other aquariums in various countries, are a drool to the eye which show us nothing but the fake world, animals live in. Of course, an advantage in having such aquariums could be that we get to SEE the wonderful sea creatures, Nature has created. We experience a different feeling, when being near some creatures who are totally different from us, yet so playful and friendly. When a normal human being is a kind creature, this does not, in any way, mean he should be taken advantage of.
Do we really need to SEE these creatures to know they exist? If we love them so much, why don't we allow them to live and move around freely? A common story would be that of a whale. I never knew Orcas existed, till I saw a lovely image of it from a friend. I used to think whales were mean, cruel and always so furious creature. I'm glad I was wrong. These creatures are very interesting to learn from, very friendly, emotional and understanding creatures. Just like human beings, they are happy at times, sad and DO GET ANGRY!
Human beings have various ways to end their angry mood. One would drink cold water, the other would have a chocolate bar, some would chill and hang out alone or with friends. Whales get angry when held CAPTIVE! They are not FREE to move anywhere they like. They can not swim away from that certain environment. In the movie blackfish, we see a huge Orca named Tilikum who is known to have injured many and killed three people. There is no record that shows an Orca killing or harming a human, in the wild life. So why did Tilikum kill these three individuals? When we get angry and have nothing to calm ourselves down with, we tend to throw our anger at someone close or whoever crosses our way. At that moment, most of us need peace and our own time. Tilikum might have got frustrated with all that training and having to live in the same tank for so many years. He threw his anger out at those individuals. An orca in the wild can swim miles away, to ice his steaming temper. A captive orca, can not.
The way these orcas have got their name "Shamu" is also quite interesting to the mind. The first orca captured was a female baby, who was captured after her mother was harpooned and killed. She refused to leave her mother's body. When captured, she was sold off and named Shamu. Shamu eventually died at the age of 9(When it is known that female orcas in the wild can live up to 100). The other whales now wear her name, so there's a shamu in every dead whale living in artificial water bodies.
We can not let ourselves entertained to the detriment of a once upon a time hapy whale or dolphin. We are being selfish creatures who care about our happiness and not others' FREEDOM!
We can see dolphins and let our children know how they look like by having stuffed toys in toystores(these days even some youth seem to love stuffed animals), illustrations in books, the all-time user and favourite, WEBSITES AND SOCIAL MEDIA, videos and photography LIVE under the sea, or going with an expert to the nature's waterbodies, to see them in THEIR OWN WILD. The whales do not attack in the wild and are very friendly and keen to be your company, when they're in their home.
The sea belongs to No one. Its creatures, too, belong to no one. We can take care of these animals when they need your care and affection( for example those who are injured). They do not belong to SeaWorld,Miami Seaquarium nor any other tank. A dolphin does not need to be slaughtered since their meat is already known to be toxic, and should be let free. Whales do not have to take our blame for the high fish intake and thus be killed for our high consumption. I wonder if we want to be the only living creatures left in the world-Surely Not!
*The Cove Documentary
*http://dolphinspirit.org/mercury.html (Minamata disease- Side effects of dolphin meat)