I personally think it is a great opportunity to show how people like this use the information to manipulate and promote their own agendas. Luckily the link to the original article is at the end of this post which shows blatantly which bits have been missed out. I will add them in for you to show the comparison.
I think the manipulation of information is blatantly obvious now there is this website. When Stand with Seaworld and Unofficial Seaworld Podcast post on facebook, twitter, micechat etc, the posts move down the walls and are soon forgotten, when you post on a website it doesn't work like that and blatant misinterpretation is obvious for all to see. What the Awesome Ocean website says it is about here is not what is being produced and it is no different to the stuff people like myself have been debunking for a long time.
This time the manipulation is obvious and you will see at the end of the article some posts from their own supporters who are also starting to see that they too have been mislead, it does not do them or Seaworld any favours as Seaworld tell enough untruths of their own.
Anyway with regards to this particular article see below.
This was the opening paragraph it says nothing of the research being from the Marine Mammal Inventory Report
Since the release of a highly-critical documentary last year, SeaWorld Entertainment has been condemned by animal rights activists distressed over the condition of its killer whales. But annual survival rates for some of the most common marine mammals — including killer whales — at SeaWorld's three parks are near the top of all U.S. parks and aquariums, an analysis of five decades of federal data by The Associated Press showed.
The AP looked at data from over five decades and their analysis shows SeaWorld survival rates for bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions actually exceed estimates for those of their wild kin.
According to the data, killer whales born in captivity at SeaWorld parks survival rate is almost equal to wild pods, however, the survival rate of all SeaWorld orcas, including those captured from the wild, is lower than estimates of those living in the wild, though survival rates have steadily improved over the past five decades,.
You missed out this sentence altogether showing Seaworld officials stating they performed far fewer stressful and invasive procedures, proving that they DO do them!
Breakthroughs in training and medicine that allow the parks' medical staffs to perform far fewer stressful or invasive procedures are partly responsible for those successes, SeaWorld officials said.
You also missed out this proving pools had to be drained and animals restrained, and showing that now animals are BRIBED with herring and salmon.
The Associated Press calculated survival rates for killer whales, bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions and beluga whales at more than 170 U.S. parks and aquariums. Animals younger than a year were not included in those calculations due to the difficulty of making comparisons in the wild at that age.
Life expectancy averages were calculated from the survival rates. A small change in the survival rates can cause big changes in the average life expectancy estimates. So high and low average life expectancies were also calculated to capture the estimate's possible age range within 95 percent accuracy.
The analysis revealed:
— The average life expectancy for captive killer whales at all U.S. parks was more than 27 years, the same as at SeaWorld, with a high estimate of 49 years and a low estimate of 19 years. When accounting only for orcas born in captivity and not captured, SeaWorld's killer whales had an average life expectancy of 46 years. Populations of killer whales off British Columbia and Washington state that are often used as a benchmark for wild orca populations have an average life expectancy of around 49 years.
Bear in mind the only other US park holding killer whales is Miami Seaquarium which holds Lolita.
— Captive bottlenose dolphins had an average life expectancy of almost 24 years, with a high estimate of 26 years and a low estimate of 22 years. Those at SeaWorld had an average life expectancy of almost 45 years. A population of bottlenose dolphins off the Sarasota coast often used as a benchmark in the wild has an average life expectancy of 25 years.
— Captive California sea lions had an average life expectancy of 20 years, with high and low estimates ranging from 21 to 19 years. But those at SeaWorld had a life expectancy average of more than 32 years. Estimates in the wild put average life expectancy at more than 17 years.
That could also be because predation is not a factor at Seaworld as it is in the wild.
— The average life expectancy for beluga whales was 19.5 years in captivity, with the high and low estimates ranging from 29 to 15 years. It was 24 years at SeaWorld parks. Average life expectancy estimates in the wild ranged widely, from 11.5 years to 62 years, depending on the method of calculating age.
You then missed out ALL this
For more information on this topic, please see original article at http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/seaworld-mammals-survive-longer-captivity-24413497
The original article can be seen here
Comments from usual Stand with Seaworld supporters showing that people are becoming more aware of the manipulations not only from Seaworld but from their supporters too.