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"A dolphin's smile is the greatest deception. It creates the illusion they are always happy" - Ric O'barry

fightingforwhales:

cute-whales:

seaslaverysucks:

It seems one of SeaWorld Orlando’s senior (highest ranking) killer whale trainers is resigning from his position. The comments are full of confusion from captivity supporters. Why Branden has chosen to leave SeaWorld, it is not yet clear. But, he is Facebook friends with John Hargrove, a former killer whale trainer who participated in Blackfish and has been outspoken against captivity ever since.
Whatever the reason, Branden should be respected for making this difficult decision.

Oh so it WAS something the company did.Damn. Hella curious as to what pushed him over the edge. It says a lot that he would just outright leave like that. Like it says a thousand bloody words.

!!!!! want details

fightingforwhales:

cute-whales:

seaslaverysucks:

It seems one of SeaWorld Orlando’s senior (highest ranking) killer whale trainers is resigning from his position. The comments are full of confusion from captivity supporters. Why Branden has chosen to leave SeaWorld, it is not yet clear. But, he is Facebook friends with John Hargrove, a former killer whale trainer who participated in Blackfish and has been outspoken against captivity ever since.

Whatever the reason, Branden should be respected for making this difficult decision.

Oh so it WAS something the company did.
Damn. Hella curious as to what pushed him over the edge. It says a lot that he would just outright leave like that. Like it says a thousand bloody words.

!!!!! want details

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emptythetanks:

mojavedolphins:

This is Katerina. Yesterday would of been her 25th birthday, but she passed away May 5th 1999 at SeaWorld Texas after 3,839 days in captivity. She was born to Katina and Kanduke at Seaworld Orlando. She was Katina’s second calf. Katerina was taken from her mother after only 2.5 years and sent to various SeaWorld parks before she died. Her cause of death is listed as Severe Suppurative Hemorrhage, Bacterial Pneumonia.

SWO: 11/4/88 - 4/20-91.

SW OHIO: 4/20/91 - 11/29/94

SWSA: 11/29/94 - 5/5/99

Rest in peace, beautiful.

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passion4killerwhales:

mojavedolphins:

48 orca have died inside of the gates of Seaworld. 

18 orca have died inside the gates at Seaworld San Diego. Only 5 of them were captive born, 13 of the deceased orca were stolen from the wild. This includes the southern residents, northern residents, transients, and Icelandic orca.

17 orca have died inside the gates of Seaworld Orlando. 8 of them were from the wild. 9 of them were captive born. 3 of the female orca died while pregnant.

13 orca have died inside the gates of SeaWorld Texas. 8 of them were captive born, 5 of them were from the wild. 2 of them were pregnant mothers and their calves.

I am mad at how many were Southern Residents. That population would be doing much better if it weren’t for captivity.

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Anonymous asked: Honestly, your post about Sea World's orcas is completely absurd. Sea World provides the highest amount of care for all of their animals including their orcas. I highly suggest you actually sort out the facts and do some real research rather than just using clearly biased websites to support your ridiculous claims.

trynottodrown:

freshasganesha:

trynottodrown:

animalaspects:

Please provide me with some websites that support Sea World that are actually credible and prove to me that their orcas are in good condition.

those websites don’t exist because only seaworld and people who profit from seaworld support seaworld. fuck seaworld.

These arguments are pointless because they’re based upon the premise that keeping orcas, animals that are arguably just as intelligent as humans, if not more, in captivity is not detrimental to their overall well being.
Sure, SeaWorld may very well be giving the orcas veterinary care. That’s great. What about the psychiatric well being of an animal that is used to swimming 250 miles every, day being confined to a 50 sq. ft. tank? Or the trauma of being separated from your pod, your mother, whom you expected to spend your entire life with, and are thrust into a tank with a hodgepodge of orcas from various other pods, with whom you probably can’t even communicate because you don’t speak the same “language”.
Just to squash that argument, I’ll assume that SeaWorld is doing everything they can to give orcas the best possible care in captivity. The point is, it isn’t ethical to keep orcas in captivity to begin with.

very true, make all the arguments you want about different aspects but it will always come down to the fact that it’s just wrong and if you can’t see that you’re either uneducated on the subject, brainwashed, or simply don’t have a real love for these animals

160captives:

Gender: Female
Pod: Pacific Transients
Place of Capture: Pedder Bay, British Columbia, Canada
Date of Capture: March 1, 1970
Age at Capture: Approx. 2 years

A pod of 5 Orcas were captured on March 1, 1970 in Pedder Bay. Among those was a young white female, later known as Chimo who was caught with her presumed mother, Scarredjaw Cow.

Immediately, numerous parks showed great interest in Chimo. Sealand of the Pacific ended up paying a large sum of money for Chimo and another female named Knootka.

On March 25, Chimo was separated from Scarredjaw. Both Chimo and Knootka went on to meet the resident bull, Haida, when they arrived at Sealand of the Pacific. In the beginning, all three whales seemed to get along well, but as time went on, Knootka began to harrass Chimo.

As a factor of both stress and the aggressive actions of Knootka, Chimo became ill with several skin diseases. It was soon decided that Knootka had to go, leaving Chimo and Haida alone at Sealand. It was hoped that the two would mate and produce offspring when Chimo reached sexual maturity.

However, in October 1972, she developed both Pneumonia and Streptococcal Septicemia. Chimo also suffered from Chédiak–Higashi Syndrome, which causes partial albinism, peripheral neuropathy, and recurrent pyogenic infections.

Chimo died on November 2, 1972 due to her infections caused by C–HS.

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160captives:

Gender: Male
Pod: Southern Residents
Place of Capture: Penn Cove, Washington State
Date of Capture: August 8, 1970
Age at Capture: Approx. 2 years

On August 8, 1970, more than 80 Orcas were herded into Penn Cove in one of the most infamous captures in history. Very few whales were kept, but among those taken captive was a young male named Ramu IV.

While many of his pod mates were sent to marine parks in the U.S., Europe. and Japan, Ramu IV was the only one to be sent to Australia. The young male was originally destined to be a mate for Cuddles in the UK until it was discovered that Cuddles was male.

Ramu IV was then bought by Marineland Australia, where he was to replace the parks original captive Orca, Ramu, who died a few months before.

In August 1971, Ramu IV died due to unknown causes.

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caong:

noumenality:

I’ve talked to a lot of entitled people in the animal science field and I’m really tired of hearing about this. Sea world isn’t here to torture it’s marine life. Sea world is the only place that keeps these endangered animals in captive safety. They are endangered; hunted and killed everywhere else. Sea world is the only place that keeps these animals from becoming extinct.

That is the biggest load of uneducated bull I have ever heard in my life. Bottlenose dolphins as a species are about as far away from endangered as it’s possible to get. Same with Orca, Pilot Whales, Belugas etc. While some populations may be endangered - some directly thrown into that state by none other than Seaworld themselves - the species themselves are not even close to at risk.

I mean, you do know it was Seaworld that dropped bombs on the Southern Resident orca community, right? And that is actively supporting beluga hunters right now? And that they’re still happy to do business with marine parks that buy directly from the infamous Taiji drive hunts? Or how about the whole thing where they’ve been cited multiple times for polluting Mission Bay?

This post wasn;t just referring to Seaworld, by the way, but thanks for giving the opportunity for me to drop some nasty truths for you.

(Source: protectmarinelife)

trynottodrown:

Victory for Australia’s Sharks!

EPA Shuts Down Shark Cull Program; Agrees Shark Cull is Environmentally Unacceptable

Drum lines will not be deployed off Western Australia (WA) beaches this summer after the state’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) advised against extending the government’s controversial catch-and-kill shark policy.

The regulator’s chairman, Paul Vogel said the available information and evidence do not provide the organization with a high level of confidence.

Premier Colin Barnett said the recommendation meant that drum lines would not be in place off the WA coast this summer.

Sea Shepherd Australia’s WA Shark Campaigner, Natalie Banks stated, “This is a tremendous victory for the people that understand the vital and important role sharks play in the health of our oceans. Finally their voices have been heard all over the globe.”

The WA shark cull caught a total of 172 sharks over the three-month trial, with the majority of these being tiger sharks. 50 tiger sharks of breeding size (mostly female) were shot and dumped out to sea. Tiger sharks only reproduce every few years and only a small number of their pups survive to maturity. The majority of the so-called “alive-released” sharks were in such a poor state that their chances of survival were slim to none. The WA Government had applied for a three-year extension of the cull.

Sea Shepherd Australia is now urging the Honorable Greg Hunt, Federal Environment Minister, to listen to the public and to listen to the science and put forth shark mitigation strategies that protect human safety without killing marine life. source

guys this is such amazing news! it’s terrible that so many innocent and ecologically important lives were lost in the very barbaric and pointless cull but the fact that it won’t continue at this point, is beyond amazing.  

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