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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."
fuckyacetaceans:

Atlantic white-sided Dolphin [Lagenorhynchus acutus] by Fred Roe on Flickr.

fuckyacetaceans:

Atlantic white-sided Dolphin [Lagenorhynchus acutus] by Fred Roe on Flickr.

antarctic-orca:

Antarctica 2010 by buen viaje on Flickr.

antarctic-orca:

Antarctica 2010 by buen viaje on Flickr.

hi :) I watched Blackfish last weekend & I was blown away. I realize it's not the only resource out there, though.. would you have any similar documentaries/books/etc I could check out? I really wanna learn more. Thanks!

Anonymous

Yes, I’m so glad you want to learn more!!! Try checking out my “Useful Links and Sources” page on my blog for some more documentaries, videos, books, articles, etc about captivity!

cute-whales:

kamairuka:

niko-miller:

Based on the documentary, “Blackfish.”

I like that both whale and trainer are in bondage, and connected. Both depend on each other for their livelihood, and both suffer under the same company.

really really great illustration. truly it is.

cute-whales:

kamairuka:

niko-miller:

Based on the documentary, “Blackfish.”

I like that both whale and trainer are in bondage, and connected. Both depend on each other for their livelihood, and both suffer under the same company.

really really great illustration. truly it is.

Has there ever been reported birth defects of wild killer whales? I'm thinking along the lines of vicky in loro parque her skin was terrible and she was much smaller then other whales. Her mother also rejected her which I know happens in captivity has rejection from a mother ever occurred in the wild?


captivitykills:

I know that in the Southern Resident population the prolonged exposure to PCS’s, DDT, PCBDE’s, mercury and other heavy metals suppress the whales immune systems, cause cancers, birth defects and reproductive problems.

The pollutants are passed into whales through food and into infants through their mothers milk - both of which are obviously problematic.

Wild orca have also been known to abandon weak and dying young in nearby harbours and coves - to die. Some people speculate that this is what happened to Luna. So in these cases, yes, mothers have been known to abandon their calves.

However none of the statistics for wild abandonment/premature death etc. are anywhere near as high as the captive populations.

antarctic-orca:

Somewhat recently, scientists have come across about a handful of Type B Antarctic Orcas, and many more Type C Antarctic Orcas who have scarring that they believe to have come from Cookie Cutter Shark bites. 
Cookie Cutter Sharks mainly inhabit tropical to subtropical waters, so the fact that these Orcas have scarring from these animals is an indication that these animals likely migrate to warmer waters. Not much else is known about their migration patterns or the relationship these Orcas have with these sharks.
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antarctic-orca:

Somewhat recently, scientists have come across about a handful of Type B Antarctic Orcas, and many more Type C Antarctic Orcas who have scarring that they believe to have come from Cookie Cutter Shark bites. 

Cookie Cutter Sharks mainly inhabit tropical to subtropical waters, so the fact that these Orcas have scarring from these animals is an indication that these animals likely migrate to warmer waters. Not much else is known about their migration patterns or the relationship these Orcas have with these sharks.

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fuckyacetaceans:

Big mouse by Artur Tomaz on Flickr.

fuckyacetaceans:

Big mouse by Artur Tomaz on Flickr.

Apparently there was a mix up and anogoodrabblerouser was talking to the anon and not me and now i feel awkwarddd….. oops!

  #SORRYYYYY  
You're awesome. <3


you... aren't one of those "vegans" with superiority complexes, right ;;? like those that'd shame people daily with peta bullshit and say hunting/trophy hunting is evil and whatnot ;;?

Anonymous

anogoodrabblerouser:

freedomforwhales:

Well I’m not vegan just yet! And nah, I’m not. I actually will be the first to tell a vegan or animal rights advocate who is being rude and condescending towards others to knock it off. You don’t convince people to agree with you in any aspect of life by hating them and making them angry, you convince them by firmly standing your side, presenting what’s correct and what’s not, and taking the discussion from there.

I don’t even support or agree with PETA anyways ;)

How can someone be anticap but think that trophy hunting isn’t ‘evil’?

"Holding dolphins in captivity is wrong!

Killing apex predators with a high powered rifle because you have an inferiority complex is a-okay though!”

I definitely am not okay with hunting nor did I say so. Hunting is absolutely awful and unfair to the animals. The only thing I said in my response was that I don’t agree with people being rude or degrading to others because they don’t have the same views. 

I live in the South and hunting is a huge thing here, and you’re wrong if you think I don’t give my opinion about it to every hunter I have the chance of talking about it with.

orcaobsession:

Nuzzle nuzzle by Tasli Shaw on Flickr.

orcaobsession:

Nuzzle nuzzle by Tasli Shaw on Flickr.

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brazilian-orca:

"The kidnapped orcas of SeaWorld"

you... aren't one of those "vegans" with superiority complexes, right ;;? like those that'd shame people daily with peta bullshit and say hunting/trophy hunting is evil and whatnot ;;?

Anonymous

Well I’m not vegan just yet! And nah, I’m not. I actually will be the first to tell a vegan or animal rights advocate who is being rude and condescending towards others to knock it off. You don’t convince people to agree with you in any aspect of life by hating them and making them angry, you convince them by firmly standing your side, presenting what’s correct and what’s not, and taking the discussion from there.

I don’t even support or agree with PETA anyways ;)

orcaobsession:

J39 “Mako” spyhop by Tasli Shaw on Flickr.

orcaobsession:

J39 “Mako” spyhop by Tasli Shaw on Flickr.