Friday, 7 August 2015

Deep into the sea of regret

*These are my own personal thoughts and opinions on my recent trip. I am not claiming any of them are scientifically correct i.e. the shark burying his head in the rocks being a sign of distress. However these are my observations and 100% true to what I saw and the vibes I got from my visit to the centre.

*I did take MINIMAL pictures but I decided not to use them as I want this post to be focused more about the freedom these animals deserve. Therefor I have decided to use some beautiful pictures I found on Pinterest of these animals living freely. 

Imagine being trapped by a net, you become a prisoner behind its ropes. 

Next thing you know, you're in a replica home, but it's much smaller than the one you used to know. Each time you try to swim away you are held back by a glass. There's strange creatures tapping against the glass and frequent flashes exploding in front of your eyes. 

But it isn't home, not the real home they belong in.
Sometimes you are forced to preform, with hoops and balls for entertainment. You never knew how to do any of this before. In the end you become used to it and when forced to reproduce you see your children in this place they only know as 'home'. But it isn't home, not the real home they belong in. 

You have no choice, to many you are just an animal. 

Imagine a world where there was so animal cruelty. Hard to imagine huh?

I support zoos with a good reputation
Perhaps I am hypocritical for even purchasing a ticket in the first place, but I have always managed to see the pros and cons of aquariums and zoos. If you me you will know I support zoos with a good reputation. If these places didn't exist would these animals be any safer in their natural habitat, or would they just be hunted down? This is the question that always crosses my mind. 

"Would you like to touch the starfish"
It was a visit to a Sea Life centre in the summer of 2015 that made a huge impact on my opinions. Upon arrival we were greeted by a member of staff holding what can only be described as no bigger than an ice cream tub, filled with minimal water. It was holding a live starfish. As soon as he asked: "Would you like to touch the starfish", I was horrified and decided to leave immediately. To exit we had to follow the path around the centre; we were fast paced but I managed to gather some more mental, horrific evidence to put me off ever visiting an aquarium again.

Why should they suffer for our entertainment? 
I still can't seem to shake the sadness of my visit. A good majority of these marine animals weren't even endangered. These animals were purely in this sea life centre for our entertainment. But why? Why should they suffer for our entertainment? These animals should be wild, free and living the life nature intended. They were born to live, not just exist. 

I dread to think of a world where all animals are extinct
I will always support an animal charity or a zoo if I know they do have the genuine interests of the animals at heart, after all I dread to think of a world where all animals are extinct. However it perplexes me how these centres still remain open when there are so clearly diabolical. If I can tell just from a ten minute fast paced walk around the place that it is in poor condition, surely others can too?

My limbo will always be is that on one hand I can see the benefits of conversation, reproduction and protecting the animals from the harms of hunters, fishers, poachers etc. But on the other hand, do these animals really have to be dragged away from their habitat and put into a small aquarium, with flash photography and unfamiliar screaming children tapping at the glass. 

If am going to make a complaint formally, what good will it do? I am one person against hundreds of others who judging by tripadvisor adored their educational visit. The favour towards the customers opposed to the animals has to stop. As humans we have the choice to entertain, some of us even get a thrill from it, but animals have no choice. 

What are your opinions about sea life centres? Can you see they do much good? I would love to know your opinions!

Emily x

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