The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport. Its claim to fame was Keiko, the Orca Whale that starred in the popular movie Free Willy. I have some really mixed feelings about zoos and aquariums. I simply love seeing wild animals and birds, but it’s sad to see them penned up. Granted they tell you that the critters have been ‘saved’ and that they wouldn’t survive out in the wild, but that doesn’t quite diminish that sense of captivity that is so pervasive. If any good is to come from such places, it might be that kids learn to love these poor creatures and they might develop enough appreciation to help keep them from being wiped off the planet….
Here’s a warning if anyone plans to visit – the pinniped (seals and sea lions) exhibit is under renovation and closed for several weeks.
Enough ranting… on to the show…… (a click on any picture will bring up the slide show with captions)
Somewhere in the archives of crudest instinct is recorded the truth that it is better to be endangered and free than captive and comfortable.
― Tom Robbins
Then, I stumbled across this TED talk which seems utterly pertinent to this topic:
Once more I seem to be a bit behind the curve…. I’m guessing that the first shot of the otter could have qualified for the Photo Challenge: Lunchtime