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No matter which orca you look at, Keto, Morgan, Kiska (in Marineland, Canada), Lolita (in Miami Seaquarium, Florida), Tilikum himself or any of the 53 orca currently in captivity, they all have extremely tragic stories to be told. If the facilities who currently hold them truly do care, as they continually claim, we can only hope that they will do the right thing and remove these orca from concrete tanks, stop breeding them, act like responsible custodians and allow them to live out the rest of their lives in dignity and with a better quality of life.
—  Dr. Ingrid N. Visser 

Dear, baby girl. I was here when you were born, people were angry because of the circumstances of your birth, your mama was too young and you both deserved better and you both are very loved.

I was here, watching you go against all odds after being rejected, being bottle fed and having your rostrum hurt in the tank walls that one day will be crashed pieces in a empty place.

I was here when the lack of information began, when pictures of you were rare, and when your skin started to look weird and nobody knew for sure what was happening to you.

I was here, when only 10 months after you came to this world, you were gone. Gone forever.

You’re not here anymore, but I am. I’m here fighting every single day so any other animal has to go through what you went through, so they can live their lives in freedom, just like you should.

Baby Vicky, I’m not here to remember your death, but to celebrate your short life because you once was here, bringing hope to us all. And its for you that I’m crying tonight. Because I miss you. Because I am sure you would have a great life ahead of you in the ocean. Because your mother didn’t know what to do and its not her fault. Because your older brother is going down the same hill you did, and we dont want that. And most of all, because I love you very much and I won’t stop untill all the tanks are empty.

I was at the mall today and this caught my attention. This big poster of Dawn smiling with Kayla was at the door of a airline agency. I asked the guy If I could take a picture and he said yes. I thanked him with tears in my eyes and he asked “why are you crying? Is it something important?” And I answered “ Yes, well, she is. This poster SeaWorld sent you has this beautiful woman, with a huge smile of her face with her favorite whale. Argh, I hate SW!” Again, he asked my why. “This woman, her name is Dawn Brancheau, she was killed by one of the whales in 2010.” Everyone in the place looked at me, so I continued to talk “Guys, please, dont buy any ticket to Seaworld, Bush Gardens, Aquatica and the other parks who houses animals, this may seem just a sad story to you all, but for me is a big part of the project that I’m fighting against.” And then I walked out.

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A 2009 “Dine with Shamu” with Dawn and Tilikum.

“She has a very strong, powerful relationship with Tilikum and all the whales here at Shamu Stadium. Absolutely phenomenal to watch Dawn interact with these whales, and watching the whales interact with Dawn”

Notice that she works really close to Tilikum and he showed to be with her during the whole DWS. Actually, in this video you see more close interaction than the video of the February 2010. You can clearly see that she was comfortable around Tilikum, fearless and that she was used to this close contact.

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“The kidnapped orcas of SeaWorld”

Same picture of the Baby Shamu card. This is Kona II, she was captured in Iceland in 1977 along with other six orcas. She was sold to SW Orlando by the end of that year and there she met a male named Ramu who had lost his pod mate Sandy. Both got along very well and performed together. One year later they were joined by Kahana, they all performed together untill Ramu’s death in 1982. Kona and Katina got along very well and in training sessions, Kona would teach the pregnant whale how to nurse a calf properly. When Katina went in labour, Kona supported her and played the role as an auntie. The baby girl Kalina was really close to Kona, they often performed together (as you can see in the picture). In later 1987, Kona showed signs of illness and suddenly passed away from a lung abscess. She was nine months pregnant at the time. Since she did so well with Kalina, she probably would have been a great mother. Kona means “Woman” in Iceland and “Lady” in hawaiian. Blood type: 100% iceland. Source Source

Ok, so in the 50′ some asshole thought it was funny to put orcas in tanks, so this guy build these big ass tanks, the biggest in the world, for the orcas and holy fuck no energy system in case of a weather disaster??? wow thats smart. because even in a business point of view, those are some expensive ass animals, so do you see, how dumb it is?
even when people thought captivity worth something this should’ve been thought about.

I’m not the kind of person who judges love, but I think I know a litte bit about it and I feel it every single day when see a picture of a killer whale. I feel love, joy, compassion and to some pictures I feel my heart ache, I feel rage, but yet, love. I love every video of a wild pod travelling the ocean fearless and I love every video of those who perform. I love their uniques personalities, patches, tails, pecs slapping the cold water or the water of some tank. I love them all, I admire them, both for their strenght to go on and hard enviroments.

I’m an anti-cap, I’m proud of it and I feel happy looking back and seeing how much I envolved into an animal lover, making them a piece of my heart.

I’m not a judger, I try to understand different points of views and cope with different opinions, but is not always as easy as I wished, so, I cannot fully comprehend why are people who supports captivity, making animals characters of a chessy soap opera, being happy for every attempt to impregnate a young whale without her will to be a mother and many other factors that makes me really angry.

Again, I’m not doubting your love, no. But is a kind of love I don’t understand and don’t agree, for me, If you love, then let it free.