Editor: Now that SeaWorld has announced it will no longer maintain an Orca breeding program, we thought it would be timely to repost the following about “The San Diego 10 – the Captive Orcas of SeaWorld”, originally posted on May 28, 2014.
Originally published on May 28, 2014.
Over the last several weeks the OB Rag has been running a series of articles in which San Diego SeaWorld’s captive Orcas – “the San Diego 10” – have been introduced.
Author Cara Wilson-Granat explored and examined each orca’s personal history and helped to tell their story – the story of the longest-held captive orcas.
Plus human advocates – one for each orca – were also introduced. They ranged from Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez to Zach Affolter, a high-schooler who organized a petition drive against his high school having proms at SeaWorld.
Cara Wilson-Granat – who once wrote ads for SeaWorld years ago and who changed her perspective after watching the film “Blackfish” – allowed each advocate to tell why they were so passionate about saving the captive orcas.
So, once again, all together, here are “the San Diego Ten“:
Corky – Orca Profile #1 and Advocate Martha Sullivan
Kasatka – #2 and Advocate Diana Ferrari Parker
Ulises –#3 and Advocate Ellen R. Ericksen
Orkid –#4 and advocate Pamela Slater-Price, former San Diego County Supervisor.
Keet – #5 and advocate Doni Lantow.
Shouka – No. #6 and advocate Steve Christianson
Nakai – No. #7 and advocate Zach Affolter.
Ikaika – No #8 and advocate Heather Heffernan.
Kalia – No. #9 and advocate Liz Jacobelly.
Makani – No. #10 – and advocate Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego.
(hat-tip to Martha Sullivan for helping to arrange the series.)
(The OB Rag published the series along with our sibling online media partner the San Diego Free Press)