There is a difference between this

and this

the difference being that one is a circus with little to no stimulation and the other is an enclosure that has made an effort to be like the animals natural environment. 

Animals in zoos aren’t made to preform and if it is a good zoo a lot of effort is made in making the enclosure a good environment for the animal.

Orca captivity is without question awful, but I think what really gets to me are captive bottlenose dolphins. I’ve seen bottlenose dolphins in the wild countless times and they’re unpredictable, kinetic and an absolute joy to watch. They do what they want, when they want and one minute they’ll be in one place, then dive and appear hundreds of metres away. My experience at Chanonry Point in Scotland was the best I’ve had in years, a true emotional high. What they do isn’t for the sake of humans, it’s because that’s just what they damn well want to do at that moment in time!

Seeing them reduced to swimming in circles over and over again, the ‘swim with dolphins’ programmes, the cheesy, tacky shows. It’s vile and it’s all just for human entertainment. I strongly believe if you want to see the animal, make the trip to go and see them if you’re that desperate. Nothing you see in an artificial setting in a tank can live up to the wild counterpart.


Via @cetacean.inspiration
Playful killer whales breach the surface of the water in Monterey, California.
Credit: @orcabeauty
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All around the internet I’ve seen very agitated reactions to the VanAq bit. I could understand the sentiment if the place was a long-blameless bastion of cetacean rescue, but if you look into things… it’s really not. Activists don’t want cetaceans to die, they want the nonsense to stop.

Of course, the Aquarium only has rescues right now, sure. Because all the other animals are dead or away on breeding loans.  

Friendly reminder to EVERYONE on tumblr.


“Obvious arguments against keeping Orcas in captivity are that they’re large, far-swimming, and deep-diving. They can reach speeds of 30 miles per hour and they can travel 100 miles in a day. They’re going to suffer when they’re put into small spaces.”-Dr, Naomi Rose, Scientist

Not going to deny I started crying while drawing this.

This picture is based off the actual event of Kandu 5’s death, probably one of the most horrific orca deaths in Sea World’s history. Kandu 5 had rammed into Corky II, which ended up injuring her and tearing an artery. She was drowning in her own blood and exhaling it through her blowhole. After her 45 minute ordeal, she bled to death. Her daughter, Orkid, was with her the entire time. 

Orkid has lost many orcas dear to her, including her mother, her friend Splash, and friend Sumar. She watched all of them die. 

Having been a calf when her mother died, Corky II, the orca who Kandu 5 deliberately aimed to injure, adopted Orkid. 

You can only imagine what Orkid was thinking and how she’s managing today after all she’s been through.

While Kandu 5 was dying, nothing was done to help her. The trainers can be seen helplessly watching and telling guests to leave the stadium so they wouldn’t be able to see this disgusting scene. When Kandu 5 sunk to the bottom of the tank, no one did a thing. Sea World covered up her death and pretended it never happened to avoid bad attention. 

There is still anger and aggressive behavior orcas show towards each other and their trainers today. Although an orca on orca collision only caused death once, many still attack and injure each other greatly. Do not buy into Sea World’s claims of their orcas being a “happy family”. Corky II and Kandu 5 spoke completely different languages and couldn’t even understand each other, which most likely caused so much tension. Don’t support facilities that practice keeping cetaceans in captivity. 


Quotes from former Orca Trainers about using forms of food deprivation to get Orcas to cooperate

“While SeaWorld never referred to what we did as “food deprivation” - I certainly was aware of animals being “held back” from receiving their full amount of food - specifically in VIP situations. If a VIP was coming to the park, it was common to hold back on giving the animals all of their food until after the performance. Food might also be held back in order to coerce an animal to perform a behavior (trick!) that they didn’t want to do, such as go into the medical pool and allow the gates to be shut.”- Samantha Berg

“Yes, food deprivation was a tool used for a variety of reasons. Upcoming VIP shows (which were commonly held on Saturdays as I recall) would often elicit from management the order to cut whale bases by ½ for several days prior to the show. (This strategy was often used, for example, when owner August Busch, would visit the park.) Calorie reduction would help ensure the animals were food motivated and would thus increase the likelihood that they would cooperate for shows, etc. Also, if for some reason an important separation would be needed bases would often be cut for one or more days prior.”- John Jett

“Yes, food deprivation was used primarily as a means to motivate animals to perform for very important shows, like when August Busch (the former owner) came into the park, or possibly a celebrity.”- Jeffrey Ventre

“Food ‘rationing’, as they’d call it, came into play on certain occasions. generally when there was an important person or group of people coming to a performance or to the park during the day we’d be instructed to decrease food allotments for some animals the day before. sort of for 'extra’ motivation to put on a great show.”- Carol Ray

anonymous asked:

You do realize by banning the captivity of sea mammals , the ones that are unable to be returned to nature due to imprinting,injury ,etc are doomed to die... Good job buddy you totally "saved the whales"

You do realize that I’ve posted about a hundred times about how we’re not throwing them back in the ocean, right? Or did you miss that somewhere? They are not imprinted on people they’re not geese. NONE of them can be returned to the wild. NONE OF THEM.  (Did you even read the text on the petition? The part where it says it is to ban captivity for /entertainment and performance/ purposes?)

1. Most of the orca currently in captivity have broken teeth which need to be cleaned daily or else they will get infections and die. And by broken teeth I mean, literally gone, some of these animals have almost no teeth left and are worn to the gums because they’ve chewed metal and concrete out of boredom and stress. The roots of their teeth have been drilled out. They CANNOT be released into the wild due to needing to now rely on human care.

2. The Cetaceans in captivity now mostly number in captive born animals who are almost all hybrids of ecotypes that do not mix in the wild.

(See larger: HERE )

Text and advice by Robert L. Pitman, illustration and design by Uko Gorter.

What you do not understand is that Orca are not all one species. At marine parks, like SeaWorld specifically, the orca are hybridized so much that they are not natural creatures anymore. Their hybrid types do NOT exist in the wild and even if they were in perfect health (which they are not) it would not be wise to release them. Not only that, there are a few that are also inbred.

3. Their social structures are abysmal. Orca learn from their families how to be orca, kinda like how humans learn how to be human from their families and other humans. Imagine you’ve lived in a room your whole life, with strangers who speak a different language. You can sort of communicate, gesture things out but largely you don’t understand anything. You were old enough to know your native tongue, and probably the family you came from too. But young enough that being raised in this room with no change and almost nothing to entertain yourself with has left you incapable of socializing with other people. Much in this way, the orcas in captivity are often moved around and split up, their family units don’t really exist. Many don’t know how to be what they are, as evidenced by young orca sent away from their mothers and then bred, where they fail miserably at raising their own young.  These animals do not know how to be orca, they only know what they’ve learned- which is to be violent, defensive, and often dangerous creatures born from boredom. They are not often given toys, which consist of what looks like trashed plastic bits.

4. The orca are largely psychotic. From their boredom, they have become dangerous- Something wild orca are not. In a hypothetical world where say, a group of these orcas managed to stay together and were also healthy, but still had them mental issues and lack of social behavior wild orca have, would you really want a group of orcas notorious for being violent to go wild, and raise their own calves in the wild with the same things they’ve learned? Because they would probably teach the next generations what they know, and they know very little. They cannot be released properly, not even with training. They are sick.

5. The orca are all sick, ALL OF THEM. Whether it is physical or mental, they are all suffering from something and most seem to be heavily medicated on things like Valium to control their behavior. They are violent with one another and often with people, unpredictably so. Even the very first, real Shamu attacked a woman in the water with her and bit her. Several have tried to drown trainers in the water or nipped at them, or lunged at them. Two different orca are known to have killed people- Tilikum (3 known deaths) and Keto (1 known death)! In the wild, orca are peaceful creatures and have never attacked humans. There is only a single case where an orca mistook the identity of a surfer and bit the person, but let go immediately. We’re not even sure it /was/ an orca. The same can not be said for the captive orca. If they were free, there is a chance they could even go after people. (This is all hypothetical on that note since they can’t be free anyway.)

6. So what then, to do with the cetaceans in captivity if we can’t let them go? Well, first of all, that petition states clearly that it is banning captivity for the purposes of /entertainment/ and /performances/. Which means we would be, if we could get the parks to comply, moving the orca to places where they can retire to- Large sea pens made up of coves, sea sanctuaries situated around privately purchased islands (You can buy an island for less than a college education, sometimes frighteningly cheap). Our goal is to retire the orca to a place where they can still receive human care for their many, many health issues, but also feel the natural waves of the real ocean.

One goal /idea we have in mind is, if we managed to get one such large enough private island, to make a large natural tank as a half-way house and rehabilitation tank like Keiko had, to slowly rehabilitate individuals in groups to the natural temperatures and climates. Later they could be moved to the larger sea pens and have free reign of where they want to go and when. The only thing they would need to be trained to do is come to call when medical checks are needed. No more tricks, no more jumping on command to amuse people.

The point here is, we anti-caps know that we cannot release these animals into the wild. Many of them are so mentally gone, like Keet, who only floats on his side and blows bubbles all day long, that there would be little hope of a true wild release. No indeed, as sad as it is, they deserve to be retired to sea pens to live out whats left of their lives. (They would be put on birth control to prevent more captive born animals, too.) The facilities built for them would not just be for orca either. Dolphins and pinipeds also need help too! And other cetaceans. It could be a marine rehabilitation station, and even an on-site museum to teach visitors real facts about the animals and why they are there.

7. There are only 2 orca in captivity that we have access to that we can even remotely have a shot at rehabilitating for release. Those are Lolita (Tokitae) and Morgan. Both are wild caught. Tokitae’s family is well known- Within very educated guesses we can be reasonably sure we even know who her mother is, she’s still alive. We know for sure her family is around too. With a little help, Morgan could also be rehabilitated so long as her teeth have not been broken.

Recently, several orca were captured in Russia and many sold- There is almost nothing we can do to help them due to country laws, besides spread awareness of their existence. So, for all but two orca, we need to retire them to sea pens.

and the sea pen area proposed for Morgan:

Similarly, such cove or island areas would work just as well for non releasable cetaceans, who would be ambassadors of their kind the same way birds of prey with permanently injured wings cannot be released but instead can be used to teach visitors. At a sea sanctuary there would be no more lies like SeaWorld has told people for years.

Other proposed artist renditions of such sanctuary facilities are like the one shown in orcazine:

Except orcas aren’t the only ones who need help, of course! All cetaceans, pinipeds and other injured marine life should benefit from such a facility. So yes, thanks, ‘buddy’ we /are/ doing something to save the whales from the monotonous, endless circling of their featureless barren tanks where the only choice of the day is ‘do I swim clockwise or counterclockwise today? Or maybe I’ll just float at the surface, not much else to do between shows.’

It can be extremely irritating when people continuously assume that we, the folks desperately trying to educate the masses about whats going on at marine parks, get snotty or assume we mean to throw these poor sick animals in the ocean with no rehabilitation or training. I should think it obvious that we do not mean, nor have we ever, suggested that we should release the cetaceans into the wild.

Nor can the animals at all anyway, be released into the wild. This is a solid, 100% undeniable fact. Yes it’s sad. But being in a sea pen is better than a concrete tank that isn’t deeper than some of the orca are long! Stop trying to find reasons to selfishly keep these animals imprisoned in tanks that are too small to support one, let alone several of these gentle giants.

When the show is over, you get to go home. The orca do not have that luxury. They don’t get time off, for the most part. Some of these animals have been in shows their whole lives at this point. Its time for us to make things right.

The sheer number of messages I get about ‘WE CANT RELEASE THE WHALES THEY’RE GONNA DIE’ tells me that people. A. care about the whales.

B. Are not reading the message at the top of my blog where you click to send an ask that reads, clearly, thus:

Ask me anything! Before you ask, no, we do not want to release the captive cetaceans into the wild, they would die. They have health risks which make it impossible for them to survive. What we want is to retire them to a large Sea Pen or private island waters/Sanctuary, netted off from the ocean. They need vital human care due to their illnesses and broken teeth! We want to RETIRE them, not RELEASE them. Thank you for reading!

You literally can’t miss it guys! Its RIGHT THERE!