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Exposing the dirty little secrets behind whale and dolphin captivity. ”My point is simple: these incredible animals deserve better. They don’t deserve cleaner water or more trainers. They deserve freedom."
Was SeaWorld's delay on the 911 call so that if she survived no one would have known of the attack? Or no?

Anonymous

I doubt it, because he attack occurred in front of a full audience. Mainly the reason they waited so long to call 911 is because they had a really dysfunctional response system when it came to things like that. I’m not sure why, but I guess response like that wasn’t a priority?

You know what!? Fuck SeaWorld, no really, just fuck SeaWorld!

fightingforwhales:

fightingforwhales:

Not really related to anything,  but if you’re interested in any topic of science, ScienceDaily is a really awesome website for news articles about, literally, every topic of science you could imagine.

So much interesting stuff on there.

ALSO they have a whale and dolphin news section!

kamairuka:

First, the basics:

There are currently 46 killer whales in captivity, excluding the 7 Russian captures, for now. Those 46 whales are descended from 23 founder whales; 13 females and 10 males.

Let’s now look at one of the hottest debate topics — inbreeding. I’ll be using a scale to indicate how…

Hey everyone! Our fellow tumblr member save-lolita has started up a gofundme to raise money for an event in the name of her Mojave Dolphins Project, a campaign designed to raise awareness about cetacean captivity in Las Vegas. She would like to have a free screening of “The Cove” as well as have Ric O’barry himself come to speak and answer questions. Please consider donating, it’s a very worthy cause!

transientsofthewestcoast:

orcadiva:

espiritu-del-oceano:

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Beautiful

Two California Ts. The one in the foreground has a line through his right eye patch. I’ll upload a photo I took of him later tonight! :D

transientsofthewestcoast:

orcadiva:

espiritu-del-oceano:

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Beautiful

Two California Ts. The one in the foreground has a line through his right eye patch. I’ll upload a photo I took of him later tonight! :D

antarctic-orca:

US coast guard icebreaker POLAR STAR, opens a channel for ships to re-supply McMurdo Station in the Ross Sea. Every year these killer whales follow the ice breaker into McMurdo allowing access to new areas of feeding in the Ross Sea.Photo : Bob Pitman

antarctic-orca:

US coast guard icebreaker POLAR STAR, opens a channel for ships to re-supply McMurdo Station in the Ross Sea. Every year these killer whales follow the ice breaker into McMurdo allowing access to new areas of feeding in the Ross Sea.Photo : Bob Pitman

orcaobsession:

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orcaobsession:

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Tell us your thoughts on Tilikum specifically, having to stay in captivity? And how is he doing now?

Anonymous

I believe that in a perfect world, Tilikum would thrive from being placed in a large sea pen off the coast of Iceland. However, I doubt that Seaworld would budge and let us win over that situation, so unfortunately he will most likely die between those concrete walls he’s existing in now.

He’s been broken for a long time, in my anthropomorphic opinion. More factually, he doesn’t perform nearly as much as he did before he killed Dawn (which was every show or almost every one), and he’s been pretty reliant on many different medications. His health is poor and he spends a lot of time in the back pools out of sight, or in the underwater viewing tank when he’s healthy enough. Or at least I suppose that’s when he’s there.

darling-taima:

I have a feeling that SeaWorld needs to go sit in a quiet room for a while and contemplate their current choices for a while. Just….just think things through a little.

fightingforwhales:

If SeaWorld really does move Kalia to Texas next month, they are even stupider than I thought they were.

world-ocean-avenue:

Dolphin wars in the Black Sea?

The United States Navy has deployed military-trained dolphins to protect one of its warships in the…

Sickening.

world-ocean-avenue:

Dolphin wars in the Black Sea?

The United States Navy has deployed military-trained dolphins to protect one of its warships in the…

Sickening.

freedomfororcas:


Meet Lolita.

She is Miami Seaquarium’s biggest attraction, and has performed for over forty years in America’s smallest orca tank.
Originally named Tokitae, she was captured in August 1970 during the infamous Penn Cove round ups. It was during this time that the Southern Resident orcas were decimated. Many orcas drowned during this ordeal, and many more were taken from the vulnerable population to stock captive tanks. Marine parks such as SeaWorld hired men to capture these orcas using any methods necessary. 
Explosives and guns were used to corral the animals into a small inlet. Lolita and 7 other orcas were captured and sold to marine parks around the world.
Today, she is the only survivor.
After being sold to Miami Seaquarium, she was renamed Lolita, and she was housed alone until 1972 when she was joined by a male named Hugo.
The two performed for nearly ten years when, possibly out of frustration, Hugo began injuring himself deliberately on the tank walls. He would constantly bash his head, at one point severing his rostrum so badly that it had to be sewn back together.
In 1980, Hugo died from a brain aneurysm due to blunt force.
Since then, Lolita has been without same-species companionship for 43 years.
What’s the plan?
A dedicated movement has been growing over the years to retire Lolita to her home waters off the coast of Washington State. You can read all about that plan here.
Lolita would be flown to Kanaka Bay, where her seapen is already waiting. Her rehabilitation would be slow and steady - at Lolita’s pace. The location is ideal - a secluded inlet away from boat traffic and people so she would not be harassed.
One key aspect of this plan is that Lolita’s family is still alive. She was captured from the Southern Residents - one of the most studied group of orcas in the entire world. Her family is well-documented, and her mother, Ocean Sun, is still alive.
If her rehabilitation does not go according to plan, the contingency plan kicks in. Lolita would be cared for in her seapen where she can live out her life in peace, free from performing for tourists, away from loud and deafening music and no longer having to beg for her meals.
What can you do?
There are many ways you can help Lolita see her home waters, and her mother again.
Petitions:• Demand Lolita’s Retirement.• Urge NMFS To Include Lolita in the ESA.Donate:• Animal Legal Defence Fund - currently fighting for Lolita in court!• Orca Network - a strong campaigner for Lolita’s retirement!
Take Action!Above contains more information on ways you can help - such as emailing APHIS about multiple safety violations outlined in the above link.
Finally, get involved in online communities to stay updated on Lolita’s case.
Free Lolita the Orca!Freedom For LolitaSave Lolita
Share this video with friends!
The fight for Lolita’s retirement is starting to make progress - the most we’ve seen in a long time! With your voice, we can get her back home and amongst her own kind - where she belongs.
[Other Orcas: Kshamenk]

freedomfororcas:

Meet Lolita.

She is Miami Seaquarium’s biggest attraction, and has performed for over forty years in America’s smallest orca tank.

Originally named Tokitae, she was captured in August 1970 during the infamous Penn Cove round ups. It was during this time that the Southern Resident orcas were decimated. Many orcas drowned during this ordeal, and many more were taken from the vulnerable population to stock captive tanks. Marine parks such as SeaWorld hired men to capture these orcas using any methods necessary. 

Explosives and guns were used to corral the animals into a small inlet. Lolita and 7 other orcas were captured and sold to marine parks around the world.

Today, she is the only survivor.

After being sold to Miami Seaquarium, she was renamed Lolita, and she was housed alone until 1972 when she was joined by a male named Hugo.

The two performed for nearly ten years when, possibly out of frustration, Hugo began injuring himself deliberately on the tank walls. He would constantly bash his head, at one point severing his rostrum so badly that it had to be sewn back together.

In 1980, Hugo died from a brain aneurysm due to blunt force.

Since then, Lolita has been without same-species companionship for 43 years.

What’s the plan?

A dedicated movement has been growing over the years to retire Lolita to her home waters off the coast of Washington State. You can read all about that plan here.

Lolita would be flown to Kanaka Bay, where her seapen is already waiting. Her rehabilitation would be slow and steady - at Lolita’s pace. The location is ideal - a secluded inlet away from boat traffic and people so she would not be harassed.

One key aspect of this plan is that Lolita’s family is still alive. She was captured from the Southern Residents - one of the most studied group of orcas in the entire world. Her family is well-documented, and her mother, Ocean Sun, is still alive.

If her rehabilitation does not go according to plan, the contingency plan kicks in. Lolita would be cared for in her seapen where she can live out her life in peace, free from performing for tourists, away from loud and deafening music and no longer having to beg for her meals.

What can you do?

There are many ways you can help Lolita see her home waters, and her mother again.

Petitions:
Demand Lolita’s Retirement.
Urge NMFS To Include Lolita in the ESA.

Donate:
Animal Legal Defence Fund - currently fighting for Lolita in court!
Orca Network - a strong campaigner for Lolita’s retirement!

Take Action!
Above contains more information on ways you can help - such as emailing APHIS about multiple safety violations outlined in the above link.

Finally, get involved in online communities to stay updated on Lolita’s case.

Free Lolita the Orca!
Freedom For Lolita
Save Lolita

Share this video with friends!

The fight for Lolita’s retirement is starting to make progress - the most we’ve seen in a long time! With your voice, we can get her back home and amongst her own kind - where she belongs.

[Other Orcas: Kshamenk]

curiosityoftheocean:

L25 “Ocean Sun” (first photo) is estimated to be 83 years old and she is presumed to be the mother of Tokitae (aka: Lolita), a female orca captured in 1970 and taken all the way across the continent to Miami.
Tokitae resides to this day at the Miami Seaquarium, performing shows day in and day out. Tokitae is the second oldest orca in captivity, and shows amazing resilience, given her deplorable living conditions (I think the aerial view of her tank in Miami speaks for itself).
Ocean Sun has now outlived her family members (except Tokitae), and now spends most of her time with a large male orca L41 “Mega” and his sisters (last photo, Ocean Sun is the orca second nearest to the camera with a beautiful open saddle patch).

To think that Tokitae could remember her family, or that Ocean Sun may remember her daughter or the day that she was taken away, is tragic beyond measure. These animals are so amazing and intelligent, we have barely scratched the surface when it comes to knowing their mental capacity. The following video of Tokitae responding to vocalizations of her family in the ocean breaks my heart. I don’t want to draw conclusions, but it is tempting to think that she is remembering her family when listening to them.

http://youtu.be/pQcy_bgzZZg

Photo of Ocean Sun by Catsbow
Photo of Tokitae and trainer by ShashankMittal
Photo of Tokitae’s family by Dave Ellifrit (via SeattlePi)

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Ingrid Visser’s (respected veteran Orca researcher) Speech at WhaleFest 2014

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