Here's A Scary Clip Illustrating How Amazingly Smart Orcas Are And How Utterly Ruthless SeaWorld Was

By now, we've all at least heard whispers that SeaWorld has some very nasty practices. But have you heard the story of how it all got started? It's a pretty horrifying tale. Even the guy shown below (who was there) regrets it now.

FACT CHECK TIME! Here's what our fact checkers found:

  • Yep, nets, explosives, and aircraft have indeed been used to capture whales for SeaWorld.
  • Sadly, several whales died during the 1970 capture shown in the clip above.
  • Washington state waters were not closed to whale captures until 1976.
  • SeaWorld's preemptive letter sent out to "Blackfish" movie critics doesn't dispute that this particular clip is legit.