Seaworld theme park: 17 penguins found dead after mass suicide

The Seaworld chain of theme parks is facing a new public relation crisis, after an investigation on the death of 17 penguins in its San Diego facilities on December 22, concluded that the birds committed a mass suicide.

While arriving at work in the morning, Seaworld employees found 17 dead penguins and 12 other severely injured ones, at the foot of a 30-foot high wall. An independent investigation was ordered to determine the cause of these mysterious deaths, and the experts have made their conclusions public yesterday.

According to the 26-page report,  the penguins suffered from severe depression, caused by their “inhumane living conditions”. The marine biologists and veterinarian pathologists concluded that the penguins had chosen to commit suicide “in order to put an end to their pain and suffering”.

The corporate curator for Zoological Operations at all SeaWorld Parks, Chuck Tompkins, met reporters this morning to react to report, which he called a “deceitful and biased piece of shit”.

“The living conditions of all penguins in our marine parks are absolutely exemplary,” said Mr Tompkins. “They are well-fed and have a large enclosure with a pool and everything… Anyways, let’s be honest, penguins are like chicken, they’re not smart enough to be suicidal! These so-called experts are clearly animal right extremists who want to close all zoos and marine parks.”


Seaworld’s corporate curator, Chuck Tompkins, dismissed the report as fallacious, insisting that birds were unable of being suicidal.

This new incident occurs at a really bad moment for Seaworld, which is already struggling to maintain a positive public image.

The corporation has been in the crosshairs of animal rights activists and has experienced a drop in revenue since the release of the documentary Blackfish, in 2013. The movie chronicled the case of Tilikum, a killer whale that caused the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau, in 2010.

Three of Seaworld’s famous orcas have also died over the last six months, and all of them were still very young, considering their 100-year life expectancy. The last to date is 18-year-old Unna, who died from a rare fungal infection last week, causing reactions from many animal rights organizations.

5 Comments on "Seaworld theme park: 17 penguins found dead after mass suicide"

  1. Ok this is insaine first i thought it was bad people being deppreaed and committing suicide, and now Fucking PENGUINS! People need to stop and fucking open there eyes first!

    They truly are SUPREMELY intelligent. We can’t measure an animal’s IQ but tests show that penguins are the smartest animals on earth. Of course, no other animal their size has such a large and well developed brain; not even your favorite dog. Penguins are quick to understand and respond to a complex of language and gestures. Not even chimpanzees read sign language so well. There’s no doubt, penguins are intelligent and creative. Their unrivaled intelligence and strength make them so well adapted to their environment that their basic anatomy hasn’t changed much in over 50 million years. Penguins are very quick learners. Lou Herman and Adam Pack taught the penguins two further signals. One they called “repeat” and the other “different”, which called for a change from the current behavior. The penguins responded correctly. Another test of awareness comes from mirror experiments. Diana Reiss and her researchers installed mirrors inside New York Aquarium to test whether two African penguins were self-aware enough to recognize their reflections. They placed markings in non-toxic black ink on various places of the penguins’ bodies. The penguins swam to the mirror and exposed the black mark to check it out. They spent more time in front of the mirror after being marked than when they were not marked. The ability to recognize themselves in the mirror suggests self-awareness, a quality previously only seen in people and great apes.
    Not only do penguins recognize their mirror images, but they can also watch TV. Language-trained chimps only learned to respond appropriately to TV screens after a long period of training. In contrast, Lou Herman’s penguins responded appropriately the very first time they were exposed to television.

  3. I only have Questions…Why does this continual abuse of animals at Seaworld continue without any consequences? Does Seaworld own our politicians? Are politicians accepting bribes to look away? Why is no authority stepping in to protect these wild animals?
    Why would people bring their kids to Seaworld to see animals being held captive? WHY?

  4. I’m sorry but this is outrageous, this man clearly knows nothing about sea life and needs to be in the docks. He will carry on saving his own arse all the time. Needs to be closed or employ someome who gives a shot, and knows about wildlife. Or better still send him on a training course at the north pole. People should try to get him out. Before any more die. Poor poor penguins.

  5. EMIRA PATRIGNANI | January 4, 2016 at 7:07 pm | Reply

    please !!!!!!!!! close them !!!!!!!!

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