Isn’t it interesting that places like New Zealand have never had an orca in captivity, and yet many of its residents oppose it. Now compare that to Florida, where they’ve had dolphinariums for as long as they’ve been around, and they are one of the highest states for harassment of wild dolphins. Shouldn’t that say something about what captivity teaches kids who grew up with it?
I don’t think that is a very strong argument to have. New Zealand has a population of about 4.43 million people while Florida is the 4th most populous State in the United States with 19.5 million people. It’s a system of probability the more people you have the higher the possibility that idiots will inhabit it (and Florida has plenty of those trust me). But even so most of the harassment comes from the even more idiotic tourist that come down here and clog up the beaches. Case in point this completely ignorant lady decided it would be fun to ride a manatee. Any Florida local knows that it is illigal and completely stupidto ride one of them. If anything locals know not even to get near them I don’t because I’ve seen them dislocate my buddy’s knee while we were fishing in the flats. Now I’m not saying it doesn’t happen but I have yet to hear of a case where a Florida resident has intentionally harassed marine wildlife. But there have been times when dolphins and pilot whales have stranded themselves on the beach and the first ones to put towels and soak them with water are the locals. Again not saying it doesn’t occur I just have yet to hear anything of it. Just trying to keep some respect in my home state.