Q: How do you train a killer whale?
SW: Positive reinforcement is the key—we’ve developed training techniques to make learning a fun, rewarding experience. SeaWorld trainers use a variety of rewards to reinforce desired behavior, from toys and rubdowns to playing games. Animals and trainers build strong, trusting relationships as they play, exercise and grow together.
Q: What problems do they face in the ocean?
SW: Though killer whales are apex predators of the sea with no natural predators of their own, they are threatened by pollution and overfishing. No matter where you live, your actions can protect marine life. Conserve water. Reduce and reuse. Clean up a coastline. And learn all you can.
Q: How many killer whales have been born at SeaWorld?
SW: The first killer whale to be born and thrive at a zoological park occurred here in 1985. Since then, 30 killer whales have been born at SeaWorld, including the first-ever births through artificial insemination. Our ground-breaking research has potential to help countless other species.