Editor's note: We have heard from SeaWorld and have updated this post to include their comments. You can read their entire response here.
At this point, nothing that happens at SeaWorld shocks us anymore.
Ever since the release of Blackfish, the 2013 documentary that depicts the appalling treatment of killer whales and dangerous working conditions of their trainers, the amusement park has been scrambling to regain the trust of the public.
But recent footage taken at SeaWorld suggests that not enough has changed.
According to the UK's Daily Mail, Ingrid Visser, Ph.D., a marine biologist who specializes in orcas, and John Hargrove, a former SeaWorld trainer, recently took a trip to SeaWorld San Diego with a team from Superpod, an upcoming orca documentary project. They claim that what they saw — and filmed — is a mother orca who's too depressed to nurse her calf.