“I trained the very first orca in captivity in the eastern United States. That was way back in 1968. Hugo was his name. The young orca was violently captured in Vaughn Bay near Puget Sound, WA. Hugo would smash his head against the tank at the Miami Seaquarium where I was training him to become a circus clown. He died in his sub-standard tank of an aneurism. Did his new concrete habitat cause him to become psychotic and suicidal? I think so. Why else would he continually crash his head into the walls of the tiny concrete tank? I realized back then that orcas do not belong in captivity. It was so obvious.”
– Ric O’Barry.