Satellite Images Of Killer Whale Tanks

A handful of orcas, also referred to as killer whales, currently live in a variety of man-made enclosures throughout the world. “Blackfish,” a documentary detailing orca captivity, further explores the controversial topic. The documentary is scheduled for DVD and Blu-ray release in the U.S. on Tuesday, November 12.

1. SeaWorld San Antonio’s Shamu Theater

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According to SeaWorld’s website, SeaWorld San Antonio, San Diego, and Orlando combine to hold roughly 19 million gallons of salt water for orcas.

SeaWorld San Antonio Park Map

2. A Different Angle of Shamu Theater

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From this overhead view of SeaWorld San Antonio, orcas are visible. They’re located near the middle of outdoor pool.

3. SeaWorld San Diego’s Shamu Stadium

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SeaWorld San Diego and its other locations feature a variety of educational programs, including day camps and sleepovers. The company recently stated its case for keeping killer whales.

SeaWorld San Diego Map

4. A Different Angle of Shamu Stadium

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From this overhead view of SeaWorld San Diego, orcas are visible in two of the four swimming areas.

5. SeaWorld Orlando’s Shamu Stadium

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SeaWorld Orlando is home to Tilikum, one of the orcas featured in “Blackfish.” Tilikum has been linked to the deaths of three humans, resulting in the bull orca becoming a focal point of many debates.

SeaWorld Orlando Park Map

6. A Different Angle of Shamu Stadium

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From this overhead view of SeaWorld Orlando, two orcas are visible.

7. Miami Seaquarium

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SeaWorld is not the only home to captive killer whales. Miami Seaquarium has been home to Lolita the Killer Whale since September 24, 1970.

Miami Seaquarium Park Map

8. Marineland Canada

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According to a “Toronto Star” article from November 2012, Marineland Canada is down to one killer whale. For the 2013 season, online reviews indicate that only one was publicly viewable. From this overhead view, a lone killer whale appears to be visible in one of the pools.

9. Marineland (Antibes)

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Located in France, Marineland features a “spectacle orques,” which can be seen in a YouTube clip (uploaded in May 2013). From this overhead view, one orca to possibly three orcas can be spotted.

Marineland (Antibes) Park Map

10. Loro Parque

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Located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, Loro Parque features what it calls the “Orca Ocean.” From this overhead view, no orcas are visible. Based on the park’s website and map, orcas live in the tank near the football-shaped top.

Loro Parque Map

11. Mundo Marino

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Located in Argentina, Mundo Marino’s “Estadio del Mar” features orcas in the area that looks like a frog’s face (a mouth with two eyes). The thought bubble or pool extending from the frog’s face showcases dolphins. From this overhead view, no orcas are visible.

Mundo Marino Park Map

12. Others


Kamogawa Sea World, Japan: website and satellite

According to the “Captive killer whales” wikipedia page, another location in Japan (here’s the satellite view) and Russia (no satellite available) may also house orcas.

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