I’m so excited for my marine science class this year because my teacher is so openly anti-captivity and there’s giant stuffed animal orcas and turtles and fish and everything everywhere. And now I actually know someone in school that will understand me when I say Miami Seaquarium sucks.
- Captivity supporters: we really need captivity because I mean seeing whales and dolphins in the wild is so disturbing to the animals!
- Captivity supporters: *heavily disturbs animals by taking them out of their natural environment and enclosing them where they have no escape from human disturbance and interaction*
I just finished watching The Cove for the first time (should have watched it a long time ago tbh) and my previous statement still stands. If you support any form of marine park or zoo with captive whales or dolphins you are a terrible person and youre supporting a multi-billion dollar industry that’s built off the backs of animals slaughtered for your ten minutes of entertainment.
By supporting Seaworld and giving them money you are supporting Mundo Marino and Miami Seaquarium, and youre showing foriegn aquariums how successful the business is making them start their own, and catch wild animals.
For the most part, by supporting one park or one part of the industry, you support and influence the entire industry.
Photo of a possibly pregnant dolphin evincing the common slideout stereotypy at SeaWorld’s nursery. There is at least one known case of a cetacean at SeaWorld dying after labor complications brought on from a stillbirth after the mother crushed her calf while she was on the slideouts. SeaWorld already lost a dolphin, Bossa, earlier this year who died after delivering a stillborn calf.
After rescuing and rehabilitating JJ the grey whale, returning her back to the wild was an amazing and joyous occasion.
Too bad yall have no clue what happened to her, and how successful your rehab was because you literally dumped her in the ocean and said “toodles!” no tracking device, nothing. if you’re so good at rehab and release you would at least recognize that you can’t really call your rescues successful if you don’t even follow up with the animal afterward.
That’s not quite true. She was fitted with 5 radio-transmitters in 2 housings prior to release. They tracked her for three days before the transmitters detached, most likely because she had rubbed them on the sea floor during feeding. Read more about it here.
However, by the criteria which they consider JJ’s release a success, so must also Keiko’s be.
Since follow-up was not possible after a very short time, and I don’t believe any official sightings have ever been recorded after the initial few days, it’s not very forthright that Seaworld celebrate this release as a huge success.
It’d be a stretch to even say the rehab worked, as pointed out above… because there’s no indication of how JJ did after release.
At least we knew where Keiko was for longer than three days *Insert Irish River Dance*
The real reason JJ wasn’t tracked (or her tracking device conveniently came off) is that SeaWorld didn’t want a dead whale washing up somewhere with their fucking logo on it. JJ was the Christmas morning puppy of whale rehabs, they were happy to keep her and make a buck off her but when she go too big…*splash*. So long, JJ.
I’ve found this picture of Kotar with his trainer. What a nice job she had! I must be an incredible experience having your leg in an orca’s mounth.
"February 1987. Kotar, who had a diver sitting on it’s nose suddenly open it’s mounth, clamped of her thigh and disapperead under the water […] all the trainers ran to stage and were slapping the water. When the whale surfaced, it tossed it’s head sideways and flung the young trainer onto stage. She was clearly injured, wet suit torn and bleeding. She had to be assisted off the stage"
im going to get all mean so hang on.
people actually want that crap to come back?? I have seen over 3 people today who literally want nothing in their lives but to ride on an orcas rostrum or be flung off from their pectoral flippers. that’s truly showing the meaning of selfish. they would rather take the risk of killing more people. or even just injuring more people, just so they could have a magical experience with Shamu. why not go get a job or take an interest in studying wild orcas instead? you can get close to them. you can see them. they are with their families. go see them where they are happy, not stressed.
the only thing that should be getting flung off of an orcas flukes or flippers are seals and other dinners. not people. I get really disappointed when I see people craving to be flung from orca. so what does that prove? huh?
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^that’s so well put
These two beautiful orcas (Hugo and Lolita - Miami Seaquarium) were living in the same tank, smaller than the legal size for one orca, at the same time. That is, until Hugo became so depressed he committed suicide by basing his head against the glass until he suffered an aneurism. Still think that picture is cool? No. It’s cruel.
That tank is not big enough for one orca, but two? This picture is so painful to look at. They would have had absolutely no room, just crammed in there like sardines in a can. Disgusting, makes me so ashamed of humanity.