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Freedom For Whales

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." If you want only Cetacean posts, be sure to blacklist "not cetacean" and "personal" :)
stumpytheorca:

the-king-of-angst:

fuxit:

loltias:

this is honestly so fucking sad and disgusting. and there are a lot of blogs reblogging this because it looks “cool” or “beautiful” when it’s so horrible and depressing. just look at that tank. and then the people in the window just watching it play with a piece of plastic. humans are terrible. 

​I almost cry every time it see something like this😔

How about you stop basing every fucking thing off the blackfish movie? These animals are incapable of living/surviving in the wild. The ones taken in by seaworld and similar organizations are done so because of injuries or other damages sustained that would inhibit them from survival in the ocean. The animals then breed in captivity, and their offspring are then unable to survive in the wild. Stop fucking bitching about it.

I would suggest perhaps you don’t base everything on what you have heard from others and do some of your own research. There have been 3 orca whom where actual rescue cases in captivity (over nearly 60 years) Sandy, Miracle and Morgan the rest were obtained through live captures. Where they round em up and take the young ones wait for them to be old enough, and breed em. There are still live captures happening today.They are currently incapable of living/surviving in the wild due to what we as humans have done. However they can be taught that again (See Keiko) Also seeing as I am reblogging the post I swore i wasn’t due to this uneducated blow-out (not referring to the first 2 comments here more the others flooding my activity feed due to lack of information about the image) I’m going to reinstate the original caption and source on this image (as someone saw kind enough to delete it!) This is an image from 1970 of Skana in vancouver aquaruim, in a tank that was 60’ x 40’ by 12’ Tank Depth in the 70’s X 

stumpytheorca:

the-king-of-angst:

fuxit:

loltias:

this is honestly so fucking sad and disgusting. and there are a lot of blogs reblogging this because it looks “cool” or “beautiful” when it’s so horrible and depressing. just look at that tank. and then the people in the window just watching it play with a piece of plastic. humans are terrible. 

​I almost cry every time it see something like this😔

How about you stop basing every fucking thing off the blackfish movie? These animals are incapable of living/surviving in the wild. The ones taken in by seaworld and similar organizations are done so because of injuries or other damages sustained that would inhibit them from survival in the ocean. The animals then breed in captivity, and their offspring are then unable to survive in the wild. Stop fucking bitching about it.

I would suggest perhaps you don’t base everything on what you have heard from others and do some of your own research. There have been 3 orca whom where actual rescue cases in captivity (over nearly 60 years) Sandy, Miracle and Morgan the rest were obtained through live captures. Where they round em up and take the young ones wait for them to be old enough, and breed em. There are still live captures happening today.

They are currently incapable of living/surviving in the wild due to what we as humans have done. However they can be taught that again (See Keiko) 

Also seeing as I am reblogging the post I swore i wasn’t due to this uneducated blow-out (not referring to the first 2 comments here more the others flooding my activity feed due to lack of information about the image) I’m going to reinstate the original caption and source on this image (as someone saw kind enough to delete it!) This is an image from 1970 of Skana in vancouver aquaruim, in a tank that was 60’ x 40’ by 12’

Tank Depth in the 70’s X 

capaldisreign:

GTKM MEME —> FAVOURITE FILMS (4/5)

BLACKFISH (2013)

"Never capture what you can’t control."

caong:

Just wondering, y’all procaps do realise that pilot whales have attacked humans in the wild, right?

And I’m not talking mistaken identity type cases like with orca, they’ve literally bitten, rammed, and held people underwater before.

What part of you actually thinks it’s a good idea to endanger…

vicemag:

Marineland Is a Hellhole Filled with Animal Abuse and Mass Graves
Marineland, Niagara Falls’ premier tourist destination, was opened in 1961 by John Holer. At the time, John was a portly Slovenian immigrant who couldn’t find work when he arrived to Canada. With what little money he had, and what little English he could speak, Holer built two water tanks and acquired three sea lions. When he opened Marineland’s doors, admission was 25 cents per person. In the 52 years since then, Marineland has expanded to include a large collection of animals, animal shows, and a theme park with over a dozen rides. His is the kind of story that gives one hope, and makes one look nostalgically to the past when things were simpler, right? No. According to an exposé headed by Toronto Star reporter Linda Diebel, Marineland is rife with animal neglect and poor facility conditions that have led to an ever-evolving series of depressing stories, distressing events, and grim accounts from Marineland employees. Not to mention the protests, lawsuits, and public overload of bleeding hearts.
In the original Star report, a group of former Marineland employees came forward with allegations that the park suffered from poor water quality. They also noted that the park was understaffed and mentioned several cases of animal neglect. Doesn’t sound so hellish at first, right? Well, the water in some of the facilities was turning green and causing seals to lose their vision, and one of them even had an eye pop out of its socket when it barked because the water eroded its eye lens away. Several dolphins were losing their skin, which was coming off in chunks in the pools. A baby beluga named Skoot contracted bacterial meningitis, and was then attacked by other whales that threw her into a stone wall and killed her. After that, she was pulled from the pool by two trainers and “convulsed and died in their arms.” There is even a logbook from a former Marineland supervisor, who wrote that water was coming up from a sewer near Friendship Cove that was so corrosive itate the tires off a pickup truck.
But Marineland doesn’t limit their severe conditions to aquatic animals. There are also land animals that get to feel the pain, and their problems are even more grim. According to this article, Marineland has a cramped collection of 15 bears. They share four dens and are underfed. They have to fight for corn pops, which people throw at them, and occasionally eat their own young. There was an incident where one bear was killed by four other bears as a crowd observed.
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vicemag:

Marineland Is a Hellhole Filled with Animal Abuse and Mass Graves

Marineland, Niagara Falls’ premier tourist destination, was opened in 1961 by John Holer. At the time, John was a portly Slovenian immigrant who couldn’t find work when he arrived to Canada. With what little money he had, and what little English he could speak, Holer built two water tanks and acquired three sea lions. When he opened Marineland’s doors, admission was 25 cents per person. In the 52 years since then, Marineland has expanded to include a large collection of animals, animal shows, and a theme park with over a dozen rides. His is the kind of story that gives one hope, and makes one look nostalgically to the past when things were simpler, right? No. According to an exposé headed by Toronto Star reporter Linda Diebel, Marineland is rife with animal neglect and poor facility conditions that have led to an ever-evolving series of depressing stories, distressing events, and grim accounts from Marineland employees. Not to mention the protests, lawsuits, and public overload of bleeding hearts.

In the original Star report, a group of former Marineland employees came forward with allegations that the park suffered from poor water quality. They also noted that the park was understaffed and mentioned several cases of animal neglect. Doesn’t sound so hellish at first, right? Well, the water in some of the facilities was turning green and causing seals to lose their vision, and one of them even had an eye pop out of its socket when it barked because the water eroded its eye lens away. Several dolphins were losing their skin, which was coming off in chunks in the pools. A baby beluga named Skoot contracted bacterial meningitis, and was then attacked by other whales that threw her into a stone wall and killed her. After that, she was pulled from the pool by two trainers and “convulsed and died in their arms.” There is even a logbook from a former Marineland supervisor, who wrote that water was coming up from a sewer near Friendship Cove that was so corrosive itate the tires off a pickup truck.

But Marineland doesn’t limit their severe conditions to aquatic animals. There are also land animals that get to feel the pain, and their problems are even more grim. According to this article, Marineland has a cramped collection of 15 bears. They share four dens and are underfed. They have to fight for corn pops, which people throw at them, and occasionally eat their own young. There was an incident where one bear was killed by four other bears as a crowd observed.

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corkyii:

4thecetaceans:

keiko25:

I’m Standing proud and tall

I will stand proud and tall when
seaworldcares
releases their cetaceans!

If you love animals why stand with a company that supports beluga hunts? Has tried to import wild caught belugas? Breeds orcas too young (by AI at that!)? Breeds so much that it puts the animals in danger, killing oh i don’t know, Taima? Bred so often they sent four related animals to a foreign park without a matriarch simply because they were genetically useless and *excess* stock, resulting in two inbred calves? Has had three people killed by orcas they own? Separates mothers from their calves? Has nothing for a gene pool but relentless breeds anyway? Has had nearly 1/3rd of their captive born orcas die in the programs short, 29 year history? Has dolphins with the pox virus, even though they are supposed to have “superior healthcare”? Does business with some pretty shitty parks such as Loro Parque, Mundo Marino, The Mirage, and yes, even Miami Seaquarium. All in the name of captive breeding, so more animals can be born to live a short life, but at least some people will be entertained.
But I mean, maybe you just like seeing dolphins doing flips and tricks and seeing that “bond” between a human who gives an animal dead fish, and said animal. 
Or maybe you just want to be a shamooo trainer! Who care’s about the animals wellbeing as long as you get a chance to make them do tricks one day!

corkyii:

4thecetaceans:

keiko25:

I’m Standing proud and tall

I will stand proud and tall when
seaworldcares
releases their cetaceans!

If you love animals why stand with a company that supports beluga hunts? Has tried to import wild caught belugas? Breeds orcas too young (by AI at that!)? Breeds so much that it puts the animals in danger, killing oh i don’t know, Taima? Bred so often they sent four related animals to a foreign park without a matriarch simply because they were genetically useless and *excess* stock, resulting in two inbred calves? Has had three people killed by orcas they own? Separates mothers from their calves? Has nothing for a gene pool but relentless breeds anyway? Has had nearly 1/3rd of their captive born orcas die in the programs short, 29 year history? Has dolphins with the pox virus, even though they are supposed to have “superior healthcare”? Does business with some pretty shitty parks such as Loro Parque, Mundo Marino, The Mirage, and yes, even Miami Seaquarium. All in the name of captive breeding, so more animals can be born to live a short life, but at least some people will be entertained.

But I mean, maybe you just like seeing dolphins doing flips and tricks and seeing that “bond” between a human who gives an animal dead fish, and said animal. 

Or maybe you just want to be a shamooo trainer! Who care’s about the animals wellbeing as long as you get a chance to make them do tricks one day!

fightingforwhales:

behind-the-aquarium-glass:

In St. Petersburg, Russia, the anti-captivity documentary film “Blackfish" (in Russia "Black Fin") will be screened on 27 September!
Free screening of the documentary will be organized as the part of the VIII Conference “Marine Mammals of the Holarctic”. After this, a little discussion will be held with the involvement of Russian and foreign specialists with knowledges in the issue of keeping cetaceans in captivity and the realities of the use of cetaceans in the entertainment industry, both in Russia and in other countries. There will also be raised the question about captures of orcas for aquariums that are taking place in Russia.

That’s great! Good to see Blackfish head over to Russia. That’s one country that desperately needs it.

fightingforwhales:

behind-the-aquarium-glass:

In St. Petersburg, Russia, the anti-captivity documentary film “Blackfish" (in Russia "Black Fin") will be screened on 27 September!

Free screening of the documentary will be organized as the part of the VIII Conference “Marine Mammals of the Holarctic”. After this, a little discussion will be held with the involvement of Russian and foreign specialists with knowledges in the issue of keeping cetaceans in captivity and the realities of the use of cetaceans in the entertainment industry, both in Russia and in other countries. There will also be raised the question about captures of orcas for aquariums that are taking place in Russia.

That’s great! Good to see Blackfish head over to Russia. That’s one country that desperately needs it.

fightingforwhales:

first lulu and now indigo. the southern residents are not having a good year, especially due to the lack of babies.

fightingforwhales:

first lulu and now indigo. the southern residents are not having a good year, especially due to the lack of babies.

dolphintale2:

Hope keeps us swimming even when we want to give up. 

What a sadly barren environment. Even for a rescue cetacean who must live in captivity to survive, they deserve a more stimulating environment than this :( Hopefully the new renovations will have a better environment for these beauties.

dolphintale2:

Hope keeps us swimming even when we want to give up. 

What a sadly barren environment. Even for a rescue cetacean who must live in captivity to survive, they deserve a more stimulating environment than this :( Hopefully the new renovations will have a better environment for these beauties.

scottish-orca:

More shoddy size graphics! From X I determined that the females from the west coast community to be around 7.5m in length. Dwarfing even the fully grown males of Type 1’s (average of 6.6m) and Tilikum (6.9m)

Holy shit. 

scottish-orca:

More shoddy size graphics! 

From X I determined that the females from the west coast community to be around 7.5m in length. Dwarfing even the fully grown males of Type 1’s (average of 6.6m) and Tilikum (6.9m)

Holy shit. 

fightingforwhales:

“Recent deaths of Lulu and Indigo, also known as whales L53 and L100 from the Southern Resident Killer Whale Pod, could prove to be bad news for activists”

Whoever writes for AwesomeOcean needs a proper smack in the face. Hard. This is bad news for EVERYONE WHO CARES ABOUT THE SOUTHERN RESIDENTS. Fuck this website and fuck anybody who supports them.

Fuck anyone who compares the Southern Resident lifespans (aka the most unhealthy and endangered population partly due to marine park wild captures) to the entire world’s population of Orcas.

Dya have many followers from the UK? I'm from England and though we don't have any parks I'd be interested on knowing about cetacean stuff around me :))) thank you x


Any UK followers want to get with this user? :)

Why is Lolita so healthy? You would think that living in a tub for 40 years would cause some health problems but she seems to be really healthy? No dorsal collapse or anything. I'm not trying to justify her captivity, and I know she's not necessarily happy. I'm just not understanding why she's so different from all of seaworlds orcas

Anonymous

I wish I knew the answer.

freedomforwhales:

Take a good look at the first 3 photos in this set and remember them next time you want to see a dolphin in captivity. That’s what your money goes to. All companies that keep dolphins captive are inter-connected. Just remember those may be your dollars you paid being handed off under the table to import a wild caught dolphin, or your dollars may be directly handed to the man who captured and/or killed the dolphins like you saw in that show. 

Still need more convincing that dolphin captivity is wrong? Here are some fast facts:

  • Dolphins in the wild spend around 80% of their time exploring, feeding, and socializing underwater. Captive dolphins spend about 80% of their time at the surface because they are logging lifelessly at the surface, looking for food/attention, or waiting for commands by their trainers who control every aspect of their life.
  • In the wild dolphins are documented to swim 40 or MORE miles per day. In captivity, they are confined to an area that is dramatically smaller, not allowing them to swim or dive as long or deep as they would in the wild. Animals can develop stereotypical behaviors from lack of space to act naturally in. 
  • In the wild dolphins utilize their extreme intelligence by spending a lot of time hunting and developing hunting techniques together. This gives the animals an opportunity to problem solve, get stimulation, and socialize with each other. In captivity animals are fed dead frozen fish in a limited variety (sometimes unnatural to the animal’s typical diet), taking away that massive chunk of their wild daily lives from them and leaving them under stimulated.
  • Dolphins are highly social, and although they do not always stay together for life, they form complex societies and dialects, which are disrupted in captivity and cause aggression and frustration between tank mates who are forced to live together. 
  • Dolphins that are put through swim-with programs are subject to humans constantly invading their heavily confined space. Not only does this put dolphins at risk of contracting disease from the tourists and tourists at risk of being injured by these wild animals, these programs give the dolphins no peace from humans who are constantly trying to interact with them by force.
  • Sources: X X X X X X X
protectmarinelife:

Please help end the cruelty of dolphinariums by pledging to not buy tickets to any parks showing cetaceans (whales/dolphins). Every single person can help this cause!

protectmarinelife:

Please help end the cruelty of dolphinariums by pledging to not buy tickets to any parks showing cetaceans (whales/dolphins). Every single person can help this cause!

flowerling:

Dominica- Whales Tail, taken under permit | Jaw’s Dad

flowerling:

Dominica- Whales Tail, taken under permit | Jaw’s Dad