The depression behind Kiska’s blowhole has gotten worse. When an orca has what some call “peanut head” it generally means they are severely underweight, sickly or near death. Something is seriously wrong with Kiska.
Please take some time to call the following to voice your concerns and to report suspected animal abuse:
Ontario SPCA: 310-SPCA(7722) or email: email@example.com
Plus on Wednesday August 6th between 10am to 5pm there will be a demo outside the OSPCA at 16586 Woodbine Ave. RR3, Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 4W1
Okay, this is only for people who are deep, deep in the weeds. Every once in a while I get an email asking me for the sizes of SeaWorld’s pools. And I have never really had rock-solid information on the dimensions. So, apart from the insights into SeaWorld’s thinking about Tilikum, Haida, and Nootka contained in Russ Rector’s FOIA’d documents, I was glad to see that SeaWorld’s 1991 application to…
I don’t believe in captivity for whales either but, the fact is, the ones already born to captivity would most…
For some reason there’s no reblog button on your blog and I can’t reblog my post from you so I’m going to reply this way.
I don’t know if you follow me or not or if so for how long, but I’ve been running this blog and doing my own research on captivity and cetaceans in general for over a year and a half and I’m well aware of the fact that most of the whales currently in captivity simply cannot be rehabilitated, spare a very small few. Pretty much zero SeaWorld whales. Hence why I said in the post that if captivity were to end, the $70 million could be better spent elsewhere.
"That’s $70 million that if captivity ended…"
I completely understand how corporations like SeaWorld work and obviously I’m not suggesting that they don’t spend money on their whales because shit, if they’re going to have them there they damn better be giving them the best care available. It’ll never be enough for the animals to truly thrive, but it’s…… slightly less awful, I suppose. Ending captivity is obviously a gradual process and never did I say that they should stop spending money now while they still have cetaceans in their care. I’d be as bad as them if I wanted that. What I am suggesting though is a plan to stop breeding their animals so that they will no longer continually have to waste tens of millions of dollars for decades into the future just barely keeping them alive when it could be better spent elsewhere sooner if they agreed to stop now.
I’m just so tired of the “but they spend x amount on care and upkeep of the facilities” argument like it somehow makes a captive facility justifiable. Like, SeaWorld apparently spent $70 million in three years on the maintenance, safety and technological advancement of their orca facilities?
That’s $70 million that if captivity ended, could have been spent on conservation, or rescue rehab of wild animals. Do you have any idea what impact $70 million dollars would have. And that’s probably not even including annual running costs, vet care, food, cleaning supplies, stupid things like flashy stage lights and fancy rotating screens and fireworks and lame video editing costs that make up the ‘show’.
$70 million could have gone into building sea pens for rehabilitating injured cetaceans. $70 million could have gone towards vital research programs in the wild. $70 million could have gone into research on the salmon stocks for the Southern Residents, into ad campaigns for raising awareness for the impact our actions have on wild populations.
But no, 70 million dollars went into upgrading tanks to keep 23 and counting whales in captivity within SeaWorld parks. Tanks.
i literally have zero time for people who are trying to justify captivity by how much seaworld or anyone else invest in the care of the whales or how fucking world class their care is or how much conservation they do or “but this happens in the wild too!”
they just shouldnt be in fucking swimming pools in the first place an animal who needs an ocean of space to thrive in should not be in a tank that cannot even come close to replicating where they belong whY IS THAT SO HARD TO GRASP
via Láki Tours:
25/07/2014: Dancing orcas! Today will always be known as spy hop day. After leaving on our afternoon trip and seeing a Minke whale not far out of Ólafsvík we had a report from a fisherman that he had seen orcas. We headed towards them and luckily they were also moving towards us. We found what we believe was 2 groups of orcas, around 15 individuals, and they were clearly in a social mood. At first we were excited to see one whale spy hop, a behaviour that we don’t see every day. And then, before our eyes there was spy hop after spy hop. Up to 4 whales coming or going out of the water at any one time. It was astounding. We don’t know exactly why the whales do this but it was clearly a sociable gathering of orcas. They were often very close to each other when they came out. Captain Gisli had never seen this many spy hops before and even he had his camera phone out! Judith (Tour guide)
Around 400 people from France, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Brazil, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Czech Republic and other countries attended a recent demonstration at the Atomium in Brussels, where they were joined by Ric O’Barry. The demonstration was widely reported in the media.
Annelies Mullens, one of the protest organizers, said:These photos say it all: alone we are small, but together we will make the difference and FREE the dolphins. We made a powerful statement to the dolphinaria industry today, and with people from so many countries working together as a team, we will end dolphin captivity in Europe
PHOTO CREDIT: Valeria Machado
PHOTO CREDIT: Sasha Abdolmajid
'Europa: Close Dolphinaria' Demo in Brussels
CURRENTLY, 15 countries within the EU are housing 34 dolphinaria, places that exhibit more than 300 small cetacean, orcas, belugas, dolphins and porpoises. These places are selling circus shows to children, photo sessions, therapies or “swimming with dolphins” sessions. It is expected that next year’s protest will be bigger again, as the cruelty of dolphin captivity becomes more widely recognized by the general public. Please join the protest next year, and help make it possible to crowd-visualize the letters F R E E D O M !
A special thank you to Richard O’Barry, Annelies Mullens, Yvon Godefroid, Bite Back and all others for coming and their active contribution to the development of this event.
See more photos: 'Europe Close Dolphinaria' Demo, Brussels 2014
Hey, I just stumbled upon your photo of dolphins from Nelson Bay. I felt it was imperative to point out that you spelt Port Stephens wrong (Port Stevens). I trust you to amend this at your earliest convenience. Thank you - A concerned resident of Port StePHens.
wOAH DID I OH LORDY WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME
i lived under port stephens council for years clearly something crashed in my brain the day i wrote that??? fingers on autopilot.
thanks for the heads up, all has been fixed.
Photo and caption by Isabelle Dupre
Back flip of a wild orca (Orcinus orca) in the waters off Norway. This young female did the same breach three times close to our boat. I have never ever seen a breach like that from a wild orca. I cannot recall any picture taken of such a breach in the wild. The second time she breached, I was able to capture the reflection of the female on the still water of the sea which was like a mirror. It is one of my best memories in my photographing experience.
Location: Norway - Vesteralen Islands - Offshore