26-year-old Takara with her 7-year-old daughter Sakari, her 3-year-old calf Kamea and her nearly 2 week old calf. This is a matriline. This is the most prominent feature of orca life and this is what the breeding ban takes away. Sakari, Kamea and especially this new calf are doomed to live in stunted social situations because activists believe they would be better off never having lived than living in human care. They could have started their own matrilines, have their own calves to protect, nurture and teach. Themselves and their calves could have educated and inspired thousands to protect their wild counterparts. They could have informed scientists about the secrets of orca life, biology and cognition. Instead Sakari, Kamea and this calf get to watch as their social groups dwindle one by one till no one is left. The social diversity of the rest of these animals’ lives will be similar to what it was in the 80′s and 90′s when pod structure was unnatural and forced. It’s sad to realize this is the last time a group of SeaWorld’s whales will be able to live in a naturalistic, diverse social structure.
10 Reasons Why Orca Whales Should NOT be at Seaworld (Or Any Marine Park)
In the wild, orcas swim up to 100 miles a day. They are confined into a small tank in captivity.
Their collapsed dorsal fins (pictured above) are a sign of an unhealthy whale. All male orcas in captivity have a collapsed dorsal fin. Less than 1% of orcas have this condition in the wild.
Orcas do not live up to their nickname “killer whale”. There has not been one incident of an orca killing a human in the wild. However, in captivity, orcas have killed 3 humans and injured 151 reported injury incidences.
On average, orcas live up to 50 years old in the wild. Some females have been reported to live 80-100 years old. Seaworld’s average orca life span is 13 years old.
Family is important to orcas. In the wild, their pods include generations upon generations of their family. Marine parks do not keep their families together. In fact, babies are taken from their mothers. This is psychologically traumatizing to the whales.
Whale fights are common in the tanks because they are not in their pods and they are, literally, mentally ill. In a tank, whales can’t flee from fights like they can in the wild. These whales get brutally injured and sometimes killed by other whales in the tank.
Pods have their own languages. In a tank with other whales who have different languages. Imagine living with somebody who speaks a different language with you and you cannot use hand motions. Frustrating right?
Not only are the tanks in marine parks WAY too small for this wild animal, in the wild, marine mammals live in a habitat full of MANY other marine plants and animals. In captivity, they live in a cement, chlorinated tank.
Since 1961, 141 whales have been captured. 125 of these whales have died.
The brain of an orca is 4 times larger than the human brain. It has been confirmed their intelligence matches to ours, if not more.
Just imagine living in cement room with a few other people who don’t speak your language. Imagine not knowing if you will ever see your family again. Imagine being forced to do performances for others and being fed one thing for the rest of your life. Imagine being confined in a cement room when there is a whole world out there to explore.
So, how can you help? It’s easy! boycott sea world. Without the revenue, they are forced to shut down their business. Also, education is important. Remind the public of what is going on.
I got quite some asks a while ago about “What does my fave say about me???” and I wanna answer all of them and also no new chapter which is crushing:
Class 1-A: Alphabetized
Aoyama Yuuga: you have horrible self-esteem issues and cover it up by attracting attention to yourself because you want the attention but have absolutely no idea what to do with it once you have it
Ashido Mina: a loud passionate person with a fondness for dress-up (everyday wear or costumes, it doesn’t matter) and people are shocked to find out your level of nerdiness because like… “you don’t look like a nerd…”
Bakugou Katsuki: a spitfire on the inside and sometimes on the outside. You spicy af and people tell you to tone it down. Was a genius in middle school but then found out about everyone else catching up. Has a SUPER fear of failure.
Hagakure Tooru: A cute little flower who blends into the background but never fear, all that gossip is here! People forget you a lot, but you’re used to it. Gotta keep that positive attitude!!!!
Iida Tenya: People tell you you’re weird a lot and they also tell you you’re annoying but you’re just trying to help. Smart af when it comes to what you know, but pretty clueless otherwise.
Jirou Kyouka: You have that one piece of clothing you love dearly and have owned for years and people are shocked to see you whenever you’re not wearing it. Actual music hoe. *takes out one earbud* whut
Kaminari Denki: Admit it you’re an irl troll face but deep down you’re actually the rarest of pepes. Just wants to be loved by friends but you also want a date to prom so jokingly-for-real ask people out on dates. It hasn’t really worked.
Kirishima Eijirou: You love The Gays™ or are irl gay yourself. You’re an actual cinnamon roll but you’re hella burnt on the inside so you’ve got a spine of steel. You love your friends and aren’t afraid to say it. HUGS FOR EVERYONE
Kouda Kouji: You little animal lover you~ <3 ! Shy and sweet, people tell you that you don’t talk much but you’re just anxious. Will talk about your passions until you pass out but if it’s in front of strangers then NO THANKS
Midoriya Izuku: Actual cinnamon roll just trying your best, you’re smart with what you’re passionate about but that also makes you a giant nerd. You have that one weird little quirk that nobody understands so you hide it a lot.
Mineta Minoru: You’re goofy and the squad clown but also naive af. Might not be noticeable on the outside but UR A SINNER HARRY. You read way too much fanfiction because actual porn feels weird/ is too much
Ojiro Mashirao: You like to stick to the background but you also want people to notice when you’ve achieved something so you’re stuck in this cycle of “I want this to look good but also original but not too weird but also cool but also…”
Satou Rikkidou: Your resting bitch face almost has yourself fooled but there’s nothing that can comfort you like food and your best bro can. Is really good at cooking. Part of the “Support Everyone But Forgets Yourself” Squad.
Sero Hanta: You come off as harmless but deep down you’re a disgusting memer waiting for the perfect moment to pun and meme. Your health is important, look at this article you printed off just for your friends’ cringe
Shouji Mezou: You’re quiet at first but hella observant so you can tell the moment to open up and let people see how harmless you are on the inside. Gentle soul who only want the best for others. Will kill/die to protect others.
Todoroki Shouto: You’ve been deeply hurt by someone you looked up to and you know you’re still messed up. You’re trying to grow away from the pain but it’s hard. A little wrapped up in your head, you want to love others again.
Tokoyami Fumikage: You know every word to “Welcome to the Black Parade”. You like really cool, dark and edgy things so your inner emo is Strong™. People tell you that you need to cool your chill and warm up. flip them the bird.
Tsuyu Asui: IRL perfect friend, you are the mom friend/ big sis friend of the group who makes sure everyone stays together and doesn’t do stupid shit. At least, doesn’t do stupid shit without you. Pokèmon was a lifestyle, once.
Uraraka Ochako: Looks innocent on the outside but will punch a guy if they step over that very clear line. Friends and family are to be protected at all costs. You’re so cheap, people laugh but in reality you’re scared to spend money.
Yaoyorozu Momo:Smart af and pretty too, you’re so used to things coming easily to you that you panic as soon as something seems hard. In group projects you’re the one that does 95% of the work. You’re (kinda) ok with this.
Alright, I covered Class 1-A first, but if your fave isn’t on this list, or you wanna look up your other faves, I left it all under the cut!
All Might/ Toshinori Yagi: Actual cinnamon roll trying their best to be a good guardian and lead those who are lost. Is the actual biggest dork around. Tries to be cool but simply… isn’t. We love you anyways. Pls take care of yourself too.
Eraserhead/ Aizawa Shouta: you’re extra salty in need of a nap and still care about everyone around you but still like to fuck with them to show you care. Is a cat person and feels like you can only get along with other cat people.
a rant about otherkin from someone who meets the definition of otherkin but does not identify as otherkin:
1. most people who identify as otherkin are mentally ill, and identify as otherkin because they feel a strong connection to that specific subject/animal/etc. it gives them a sense of belonging, validation, and identity.
2. some people (like me) are otherkin because of their spiritual beliefs. for example, i was an orca in a past life. i feel connected with them, and even consider myself close to them. technically, this means i am otherkin too.
this is okay. otherkin is actually a word a lot of people would fit into, except -
often people contribute to the “mala fama” that comes with the term when:
A) people who identify as otherkin equate it to being transgender
B) people who identify as otherkin actually see themselves currently and physically AS the subject, instead of being connected to the subject. (this is different than those who see themselves as animals metaphorically for religious purposes)
if you do see yourself as anything other than human physically, please do see a mental health professional for help. at this point it stops being okay and starts becoming a delusion.
I feel such deep relief to hear that Tilikum the orca passed away. His life and existence were literally torture, and he made it known. He killed three people during his time at SeaWorld. He deliberately killed three people you guys. And it was 100% justified. No disrespect to those people; none of them deserved to die. But his actions were justified. Any death attributed to a wild animal of that size and intellectual capacity kept in a bathtub and forced to perform for people is, as far as I care, fully justified and understandable. Imagine someone kidnapped you, ripped you away from your friends and family and your life, and chained you to a radiator in their basement. After years and years of being chained to that radiator, you bet your ass even the gentlest among us would try to kill the captor and run whenever presented with the chance. You’d be insane NOT to.
Did you know that orcas in the wild generally live to be ~60-70 years old (males) or ~80-100 years old (females)? Surpassing 100 years of age is not an anomaly in the least for orcas. Their lifespans are pretty comparable to those of human beings.
The average age of death for an orca born at SeaWorld is 13 years. Thirteen.
13 years old, average.
Tilikum lived 25 years at SeaWorld, which was considered “exceptional.” He was not born there; he was born in the wild and ripped from the ocean off the coast of Iceland. Wildlife experts believe part of the reason he lived longer than usual in captivity is because he knew what life could be. He knew where he came from. He knew his family, he knew the life he had and should have had. He remembered his life. He remembered his family. He remembered the ocean.
Simply put, he lived longer than expected because he had hope of seeing it all again.
Imagine when he hit the one month mark, then the one year mark. Imagine that moment when it dawned on this highly intelligent, evolved and emotional creature that this was real. That this was now his life. That he was put there deliberately. That this was his fate. Imagine that.
Please do not go to SeaWorld. Please don’t go to Busch Gardens (which is owned and operated by SeaWorld). Please stop doing this. Please stop rewarding this barbaric behavior. I post about this a lot but really, please. PLEASE. Please stop doing this. You are directly and financially supporting the torture of creatures whose emotional intelligence is just as deep and real as our own. Please stop.
I hope Tilikum’s heaven is an ocean that never ends, surrounded by the friends and family he hoped to live to see again. I hope there is not a single human being in that heaven. I have cried for Tilikum before. I’m not crying for him now. His life was not worth living, and death was what granted him freedom from it.
I felt such a sense of relief to hear he passed away today.
I am happy he has died.
I am so sad for the life he was forced to live here on Earth.