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Yet another tragic senseless death in the captive marine mammals industry in Russia. A young female bottlenose dolphin Delphi died in Anapa Dolphinarium in the Big Utrish after being seized from the previous abusing owners. Before being brought to the Anapa Dolphinarium, dolphins Delfa and Zeus were kept in squalid conditions in the abandoned cattle farm in the village of Veselovka, Temryuk District. The animals were kept in a silo filled with dirty water. Upon their arrival mammals were in critical conditions. Both demonstrated paralysis caused by hypothermia, their tails were bending. On December 21 Delfa sank to the bottom of the hole and showed no signs of life. CPR did not bring results. Dolphin trainer took the body of the animal for examination to the city of Krasnodar. About a year and a half ago, the dolphins were caught in the Black Sea and brought to the infamous dolphinarium in Izmailovo near Moscow. Animals did not have the time to complete a full course of training and with the label “Untrainable” were sold to a company called “Pavlovskaya Sloboda” in the Krasnodar region for 1 million rubles (about 14000 US Dollars), The new owners placed mammals in a hole at the cattle farm and left them rot in filth and cold without as much as enough food. According to the current Russian legislation leaving an animal without food is NOT a criminal offense. Big Hearts foundation has been lobbying effective animal welfare legislation at the State Duma for years now. Please support our work by donating and spreading the word. Demand creates supply, DO NOT GO OR TAKE YOUR CHILDREN TO DOLPHINARIUMS, ANIMAL CIRCUS OR CONTACT ZOOS. Only by doing this we will be able to stop this conveyer of death.

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Shark Evades Hungry Orca Pod By Leaping Onto Land “One shark managed to get away by scrambling up onto some rocks, but managed to free itself,” recalls the team. “Then another got stranded.” Without any hesitation, Visser scrambled onto the rocks to help the struggling animal back into the ocean. Sevengills might not be as big as some shark species, but they can still weigh up to 236 pounds (107kg). Combine that with their flexible bodies, and you have one tough fish to move. It took several attempts, but Visser eventually succeeded. Read the full story on our Facebook Page

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@orcasea_ ; “I’ve been around this industry for a long time and I have strong views shaped by experiences with these whales, experiences that few other people share. I began sputtering. Our moral responsibility is not to diversify the gene pool of these orcas. We took these whales from the ocean and put them in a captive situation and now we are breeding them because we want more whales in our collection in order to make more money. Our responsibility is to make their lives better, not to impregnate them again and again in an abnormal way. I was angry at myself. I had finally realized what the corporation was going to put Takara through and had converted from a true believer in SeaWorld into a rebel with a powerful cause. Yet, Julie Sigman turned me around. If I could allow myself to be re–brainwashed so quickly, how much easier would it be to fool the public? “We recognize the importance of the family bond,” Chuck Tompkins, the corporate vice president of animal training told the press. But I had done the math: 19 calves were taken from their mothers in SeaWorld’s history. Including Kasatka and Katina, who were captured from the wild and thus, wrested from their mothers.” -John Hargrove [Original photo Cr. To owner] caption: @orcasea_ – app)

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