By Scott Rowan
March 31, 2015
When I started The Super Fins, one of the first stipulations that I insisted our writers follow was not to use any information provided by SeaWorld or Wikipedia. Anyone serious about their writing understands why Wikipedia, with its open-source writing lack of fact checking, cannot be fully trusted on any topic. But I was often asked why SeaWorld was to be avoided.
Today I saw John Hargrove’s appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and I was glad to learn about his new book “Beneath the Surface” that exposes in detail all the reasons why SeaWorld should no longer be trusted as a source of information about anything aquatic. I have not had the chance to read Hargrove’s book yet, but when I have I will post a review. However, when you see what he has to say about orcas in captivity and about SeaWorld’s highly-questionable practices overall, I think you, too, will agree that SeaWorld is not a reliable source. After all, their business is selling tickets.
I felt the need to write this short article solely to underscore to our current writers, future correspondents and audience why SeaWorld resources are not used here at The Super Fins. There’s a saying where I grew up: You cannot shake the hand of the devil and pretend you’re only joking.
The Super Fins will never shake hands with SeaWorld.
There is a place in the world for zoos and aquariums that harbor reasonably-sized animals. Those institutions allow the public to gain an appreciation for animals they would not otherwise experience. But animals of massive proportions – whales, elephants, etc – are so unusual they deserve special attention.
On behalf of The Super Fins, I urge everyone to learn more about John Hargrove and his work to reveal the wrongs being perpetrated by SeaWorld in the name of entertainment. Those of us who passionately care about orcas and all sea life want to experience them in person and up close, but just because you can do something doesn’t make it right.
Keep up the good work, John.