Captive Orcas of SeaWorld: Get Ready for a Killer Workout

No ocean? No problem! Fitness expert, trainer, and author Kathy Kaehler has a special routine designed for orcas who are forced to live in tiny, chemically treated tanks at SeaWorld. Did you know moves like “floating listlessly” and “cry out for your baby” are great for the core?

Kathy has worked with some of the world’s most famous celebrities. Now she’s taking on her biggest client yet—some even weigh up to 12,000 pounds! Check it out:

In this satirical workout video, Kathy uses her motivational skills for a good cause by speaking up for the orcas at SeaWorld.

“We are not stopping, just like SeaWorld’s not stopping abusing you!” she says in the public service announcement.

Kathy’s A-list clients include PETA campaign star Kim Basinger, cruelty-free cosmetics queen Drew Barrymore, and friend to animals Denise Richards. So why is she including moves like “grind your teeth” to help these captive orcas get their “beach bod”? As she explains in the video, “Because you [orcas] live in such a barren and stressful environment, you’re going insane, gnawing at the walls and biting the bars, wearing your teeth down to the nubs.”

The video’s ending reminds viewers that orcas at SeaWorld are dying prematurely. Forty-one have died on the park’s watch, at an average age of only 14 years old—and not one of them has reached the maximum life expectancy of an orca in the wild.

It’s not just orcas who suffer at SeaWorld. Other dolphins and whales are still being impregnated, sometimes forcibly after being drugged. Help all the marine mammals imprisoned by SeaWorld by asking the company to establish a definite and rapid plan to release them into seaside sanctuaries and end the use of animals altogether.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind