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I started an instagram account a year ago to help spread the word about cetacean captivity and what it means for these amazing creatures to be kept in chlorine tanks. My goal is to teach and educate as many people as I can about these amazing mammals and prove to you why they don't belong in marine parks.

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EXCUSE ME WHILE I SCREAM. THIS IS 39483094830 KINDS OF NOT OKAY. 

If the dolphins at the nursery at seaworld had this much concrete space they would be doing this. They constantly beach themselves there. And when I say constantly i mean constantlyyyyyy

:’(

It’s very highly disturbing that they’re beaching themselves in the first place, but what made me sick was how much they’re moving and flopping against the concrete.

This is what you fucking support, pro-caps. When are you gonna get it???

"Don’t worry, after that the trainer came in and pushed the dolphin back into the pool." Yeah just so the dolphin can beach his or herself again. And again. And again and again for the rest of their miserable lives.

Idk if you guys notice but they also seem to be urinating and defecating on themselves.. ):

Did this actually happen? Like.. what the actual fuck..

Mark Simmons seems to have the weirdest obsession with insisting Keiko was allowed to become overweight. Has he given any proof of that as far as you've read? I haven't been able to grab a copy yet (a used copy of course) but I've seen him mention it several times in a few articles. I just don't know how you can call that ~2,000 lbs he got excess weight.

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derangedhyena-delphinidae:

No, just his observations. tl;dr he asserts Oregon and the original Iceland caretakers made him too fat without giving him enough exercise.

"The sight of him broke my train of thought . If I didn’t know better , I would have thought this was a pregnant female. I had seen fat dolphins before, but never a fat killer whale. From directly above, he looked like a giant guppy with his dorsal muscle ridge framed against a bulging undercarriage."

"In effect, they minimized the ocean’s top predator into a completely lethargic and obese perversion of a killer whale."

"Here, after less than three months into Phase II, neither his disposition nor his physical appearance represented the Keiko they once knew . His morbidly obese body became lean and muscular."

"morbidly obese"

lol okay.

Well of course his disposition is gonna change you fucktrumpet. You’re supposed to be training him to be wild again, remember?

To be fair, according to his storytelling that’s what he was doing. He notes that Alyssa [who hadn’t been around Keiko prior this point] thought he had the demeanor of a wild whale ("Alyssa described his gaze as a cold indifference, if not the menacing stare of a killer.")

Which seems… off, on a multitude of levels, given later things. 

In all continued fairness, however, there are a lot of issues with the book. Due to its “frills” (and the way information is presented) I’m disinclined to take Simmons’ version of events at even a fraction of face value. Making obstinate cartoon villains out of people isn’t a good way to make me trust what’s being said.

Oh dear god.. 

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Baby L120 Presumed Dead

The Center for Whale Research has confirmed that baby L120, only about seven weeks old and the third known offspring of a 23-year old Southern Resident orca known as L86, was not with his or her mother when she and other members of L pod were photographed recently in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research said “L86 was seen and photographed on Friday, Saturday, and Monday, all without L120.”—-Orca Network

What a sad, sad day. L120 was a spark of life for the endangered southern resident orcas, a much needed baby. My heart is heavy with this awful news.

Goodbye, L120. May you swim in peace. We shall never forget you.

(Photos by Center For Whale Research)

Rest in peace, little one.

The world wasn’t ready for you yet. </3

You shall be so missed, little one. I am so sad that your beautiful family has lost you so soon </3

bathe-the-whales:

If stupid ocean or some other damn procap tries to use L-120’s death to promote captivity, I swear I’m gonna fucking blow a gasket and everyone needs to stay out of the way

Here here! 

Today was my first day at Lush, and although I’ve been going there for quite some time, I learned a lot about their Charity Pot requirements for starting a charity through Lush to help certain communities, endangered species, etc., and I’ve begun the steps in contacting the Center for Whale Research in order to help them contact Lush and start the application for a Grass Roots charity to help save the Southern Resident Killer Whales. 
This comes at a perfect time because today, sadly, the newest addition to the Southern Resident population has been lost at only 7 weeks of age. The death of such a celebrated calf is resonating in the killer whale community and it’s time, now more than ever, to really start making decisions and taking action to do everything possible to save and protect this incredible community of mammals. 
Killer whales have proven themselves highly intelligent, family oriented, and their social structures and sense of self astounds us even to this day - even after studying them in captivity and in the wild for as long as humans have. We’ve learned so much from them, and now it’s their turn to teach us something. We need to take better care of our earth, our oceans, and our animals before its too late.
Once this population is gone, they’ll be gone forever. 
So make a change. 
We live in the Pacific Northwest, and we have the immediate power to do something to help these animals. 
Start recycling, be conscious of how long you keep your water running. Don’t use plastic, and if you do, recycle it. Be conscious of what you’re putting down the drain and what chemicals you may be putting out into the oceans that could be effecting pollution. Reduce your carbon footprint and burn less fossil fuels! 
Even better, adopt a killer whale from TheWhaleMuseum.org or donate to The Center for Whale Research located in the San Juan Islands of Puget Sound in Northern Washington. 
When an ecosystem like theirs collapses, everything around it collapses, so be aware of what YOU are doing to your planet and make the decision to be the change you wish to see in the world.

A virus killing bottlenose dolphins by the hundreds along the Atlantic seaboard has spread to the Indian River Lagoon, with foreboding consequences for dolphins that spend their lives here.

And the dead just keep washing up.

"We’re basically on high alert, expecting a dolphin every day," Megan Stolen, a research scientist at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, told Local 6 News partner Florida Today.

In August alone, Hubbs researchers found 18 dead bottlenose dolphins: a dozen from the lagoon (eight of them calves), and the others along the beach and in the Halifax River.

On average, 26 dolphins wash up dead or strand in the lagoon region annually, Hubbs researchers say. Including beachside, about 70 dolphins die per year in the lagoon region. This year, 67 have already died, with 32 of those in the lagoon.

And many more may be on the way.

"Because we have this sort of smoking gun right now, that’s where all of where our attention is going," Stolen said.

Past surveys by Hubbs have counted about 660 bottlenose dolphins that spend their lives almost exclusively in the lagoon.

Researchers have recently been finding dead mothers, and then days or weeks later, their orphaned calves.

On Thursday, Hubbs responded to a dead calf being pushed by its mom at the Port St. John boat ramp.

Tests are pending, but dolphins in the lagoon are showing telltale signs of morbillivirus — skin and oral lesions. The dolphins also can appear skinny, swim erratically, and make sounds from their blow hole as if they’re coughing.

Hubbs is urging anyone who sees a dolphin showing such symptoms to call a state wildlife alert hotline as soon as possible, because fresh samples are key to determining cause of death.

Photo • Kelsey Curtis

Two Southern Resident killer whales, Lulu (a 37 year old female) and Indigo (a 13 year old male), have disappeared this season and are presumed dead. Both whales were members of the Southern Resident population, a tragically threatened pod of whales in the Pacific Northwest.

The SeaWorld-funded website awesomeocean.com has responded to the premature deaths of these wild killer whales by reviving the captive lifespan vs. wild lifespan debate. Author Eric Davis claims that activists are using a “fictitious narrative that whales live longer in the wild even when recent independent studies have shown that Marine Mammals in Seaworld’s care live longer than their wild cousins.” The recent independent study that Mr. Davis references has shown that some marine mammal species live longer at SeaWorld than in the wild; but killer whales were not one of those species. In fact, the analysis found that “the survival rate of all SeaWorld’s orcas, including those captured in the oceans, is lower than estimates of those in the wild.” It appears that Mr. Davis has shot himself in the foot by failing to read his own citation. The narrative being touted here as fictitious is not only supported by Eric’s own cited independent study, it is also supported by scientists.

The captive lifespan vs. wild lifespan debate doesn’t exist within the scientific community. According to scientists, average life expectancy for wild killer whales is roughly 50 for females and 40 for males, with a maximum longevity of 80-90 years for females and 50-60 years for males. These numbers are overwhelmingly supported by several different studies and researchers, including studies from Canadian Fisheries, the Zoology Department of Cambridge, and University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

According to scientist Ken Balcomb and other killer whale researchers, the oldest known killer whale is J2, also known as Granny, who may be as old as 103 years. Like most wild killer whales, Granny’s age is estimated based on her first sighting, the estimated ages of her offspring, and when she reached menopause.

The iconic Ric O’Barry is speaking out about cetacean captive today at the Miami SeaQuarium and is speaking out for Lolita.
Such an inspirational man.
@richardobarry

Rumors are circulating that L120, the newest addition to L-Pod, has gone missing.

The brand new baby hasn’t been seen the past couple of days by photographers or whale watchers and speculation is that the calf did not survive its first month.

The Southern Residents are the most threatened population of killer whales and face many obstacles, including depleting food sources, heavy boat traffic, and pollution.

We’re hoping to hear of little L120 showing up soon, but chances are, the little one was lost.

Photo: Dave Ellifrit

In response to @loveroforcas and previously, @seaslaverysucks / @cassidysack

I apologize to any photographers or artists that I have used and posted photos from if I have lapsed in crediting properly.

I agree with you guys about this, and in the future, I will honor it.

This is taken from Instagram’s Terms Of Service.