- I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again Sea World is a corrupt business. From the start, capturing baby Orcas from the oceans, 3 dead on the journey, and workers open them up, fill them with rocks and put them back in the ocean; because there is no justification for murder? Tilikum the first male Orca, with a flopped dorsal (as well as all the others that came in the future), is not ‘common in 25% of all whales’, it’s unhappiness. And justifies the amount of attacks, and deaths of trainers from these emotional destroyed and abused animals. Tilikum (the first to be trained), was starved and punished to ‘learn’. These whales spend 2/3 of their lives in 20/30ft pools every night, unable to swim. Orcas have done no harm to humans in the wild. They live in big families. Adult off-springs stay by their mothers sides forever, but Sea World happily removed a baby Orca from its mother. Resulting in a grieving mother who didn’t move for days, and made noises like nothing anyone had ever heard before. Sea World will tell you that Orcas live about 30-40years, and that they live longer in captivity. LIE. In the wild they have the same life span of a human being. They are also put in pools with Orcas from different oceans, resulting in them attacking each other, and in some cases killing one another. The whole thing is unjustifiable. It’s sick, inhumane, and murderous. And I will never be able to comprehend in the slightest anybody who supports anything to do with this, or Zoos, or anything that takes wild animals from their natural habitat. We do not own these creatures.
- It’s been nearly five years since the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” put the international spotlight on Taiji, Japan, a town that slaughters thousands of dolphins every year. But despite outrage and a wave of backlash against Japan for condoning the behavior, little has changed. In fact, on Monday a large pod of some 50 to 60 dolphins, including calves, was driven into the cove and slaughtered by fishermen. While politicians like Caroline Kennedy, U.S. ambassador to Japan, have spoken out against the annual hunt, Japan set a quota of 1,938 dolphins and whales for this year alone. More recently, Japanese singer and activist Yoko Ono added her name to a growing list of celebrities calling for an end to the hunt. As has been reported before, the real motivation behind the hunt is the money that buyers will pay for captive dolphins destined for marine parks. According to trade documents, a single trained dolphin can earn upwards of $40,000. While some of the animals caught in the cove are sold to parks, the majority are slaughtered for their meat — despite government warnings that it contains dangerously high levels of mercury. Rare dolphins are especially valuable — and this year it’s more evident than ever. Fishermen have already caught two albino dolphins, adding to the one albino calf they caught last year. While this year’s pair swims in their sea pens in the cove, last year’s calf is still in a tank at the nearby Taiji Whale Museum. While the slaughter goes on, there are several groups that are working to save Japan’s dolphins.
- Repost from @protectourdolphins. Even though this photo is a little blurry, it’s still one of my favorite shots from this summer because it shows how vibrant and dynamic dolphins are in the wild. In the ocean, you don’t see the neat ‘bow’ jumps that dolphins and orcas perform in captivity. Wild dolphins seem to fling their entire bodies out of the water with reckless abandon, and every time I see them I struck by their energy, agility, and spontaneity. For me, there is nothing more inspiring than seeing these creatures in their natural habitat.
- I’ve been playing this really cool whale watching game called Real Whales. It has several different locations around the world to choose from, and it currently has 24 different species of cetaceans. It’s free, and it’s such a great game. In the image above, we’ve got (starting in the top left going right) a humpback whale, a bottlenose dolphin, a blue whale, and an orca. It is absolutely amazing and every single one of you all should get it!!!!