Ft. Baird, R.W. Gayana 68 (suppl. 1. For more reasons why whales don't belong in SeaWorld, click here. SeaWorld San Diego's Tank Dimensions. SeaWorld tanks, even the proposed Blue World expansion, are a minute fraction the size of the smallest known orca natural habitat (Baird 2000). So as orcas move as much as 100 linear miles (and dive up to 850 feet in depth) during a day, they experience constant changes in how fresh, salty, warm, cold, light, and deep the water is. ): 22-28. Sound velocity (m/s) vs. depth (m) and latitude (S) derived from temperature, salinity and depth measurements, for the first 500 m of the water column in Drake Passage. Correction: An earlier version of this article mistakenly said that SeaWorld had directly captured Tilikum and Katina. SAN DIEGO — SeaWorld officials publicly shared their plans to double the size of their park’s killer whale tank in front of the Mission Bay Advisory Committee Tuesday night. The frames are every hour for one day. ... Shamu's tank at Sea World Orlando is 36 feet deep. SeaWorld Tanks – Why Bigger Will Never Be Big Enough. They are multi-million-gallon environments of continually chilled and filtered saltwater. Figure 2a shows how the salinity of the Salish Sea (inhabited by the southern resident orcas) varies over the course of a single day, and Figure 2b shows what happens as salty ocean water meets freshwater from rivers. 9,504 Sq. SOURCE: Cascadia Research And I have never really had rock-solid information on the dimensions. Figure 2. a) Salish Sea salinity b) Puget Sound salinity. 2010. http://www.cascadiaresearch.org/kws/dtagging.htm. The currents and tides are in constant flux, and can completely change direction with depth. According to the “geniuses” in SeaWorld’s PR department, the new San Diego tank will measure 350 feet long — or just slightly longer than a football field. This is what their home should look like. Tyack, and H. Whitehead (eds.) pp. Whales are adapted to live in this complex, dynamic, sensory-rich environment. Guess which was most important? The orcas live next to a water rapids ride. This small pool is the entire world to 11 orcas. 433 pp. So we decided to take a look at SeaWorld and see how things really stand - and exactly how important the orcas were when it came to park planning. And, our habitats are about to get even bigger. Cascadia Research. SeaWorld Orlando. The green line is where the Orcas spend their entire lives. The oldest, Katina, hasn't seen her home or family since she was captured off the coast of Iceland in 1978. Cetacean Societies, University of Chicago Press: Chicago. Every once in a while I get an email asking me for the sizes of SeaWorld's pools. So, apart from the insights into SeaWorld's thinking about Tilikum, Haida, and … 11,692 Sq. But new details have emerged about how the water space, called the “Blue World” initiative, will be used. They obtained them from other parks. This is SeaWorld's parking lot. At least they have as much room as the water slides and roller coasters - right? The water is kept at a constant 55 degrees. Of the 11 orcas who live here, eight have never been beyond these walls. Graphic comparing SeaWorld tank size to one dive by a free-ranging orca. Perrin, B. Wursig, and J.K. Thewissen (eds.) Oh wait, that's the artificial lake SeaWorld built so it could put on waterskiing shows. The yellow line shows the path of a dive by a free-ranging orca from the southern resident population, K33. 2000. The pool expansion—a near doubling in size to a 10-million-gallon tank up to 50 feet deep—was big news in August. Tilikum also lives here. Lovey, Lara, Ran 2, Luna Total de orcas: Chappy, Jumbo, Zero, Caren, King, Bingo, Patty, Bubba, Maggie, Stella, Oscar, KWS-00-S0601 1316 pp. So we decided to take a look at SeaWorld and see how things really stand - and exactly how important the orcas were when it came to park planning. SeaWorld loves to talk about how the well-being of its orcas is most important and how it's an educational institution above all else. Connor, P.L. Baqués, M. and Blanc, S. 2004. Our killer whale habitats are among the largest in the world today. They are multi-million-gallon environments of continually chilled and filtered saltwater. 127-153. She hasn't swum more than a few lengths of a pool since. 327-332. Figure 1. In: J. Mann, R.C. Here's where the orcas live. Oceanographic and acoustic measurements in Drake Passage, http://www.cascadiaresearch.org/kws/dtagging.htm, http://faculty.washington.edu/pmacc/cmg/cmg.html, SeaWorld Tanks – Why Bigger Will Never Be Big Enough. No artificial, concrete enclosure in the world recreates this complexity in any approximation. ©2020 Group Nine Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. Ft. 1,489 Sq. In fact, SeaWorld Orlando’s habitat is 36 feet deep and holds more than 6 million gallons! Their lungs collapse and their heart rates slow to 10 beats per minute or less…yet they still communicate and search for food (Kooyman 2009). The old tank was designed as a stage to showcase orcas performing tricks for SeaWorld … Here's what we found. The oldest, Kyuquot and Takara, have been living in pools this size for 24 years. Diving physiology. SEAWORLD SAYS: Our killer whale habitats are among the largest in the world today. SeaWorld loves to talk about how the well-being of its orcas is most important and how it's an educational institution above all else. ... “The red line is the size of the Sea World car park. For example, SeaWorld tanks are filled with clear, treated water, with walls painted reflective colors (light blue or white), to allow good visibility at underwater viewing windows. The oldest, Corky 2, was captured from her family 46 years ago. Kooyman, G. 2009. The ocean has variable visibility and depths (e.g., turbid or deep water, where visibility is poor or zero and hearing and echolocation become more important than vision), many other animal species, diverse vegetation, variable bottom contours, different substrates (e.g., rock, sand, mud) and so on. Whiting, C. 2015. In: W.F. UW Coastal Modeling Group. Pool B. Distance K33 traveled in 6+ hours. 2015. http://faculty.washington.edu/pmacc/cmg/cmg.html. 2010. The blue part outside is where they live - the white part is where they perform and also holds all the audience seating and the stage sets.