captive killer whale

Today was a day of sketching! So I’ve been doing some character studies and poses, as well as a few animal studies. From left to right, we have Lan (my deep-sea mer OC), Kale and Steele having a hug <3, and a rather sexy Damen. At the bottom, I decided to add the orca doodles I had been doing while watching movies this afternoon. Orcas are my favourite aquatic animal, I swear they’re so gorgeous and intelligent <3 <3 <3.

Reminder that a wild Orca called Granny died this week (well most likely she’s missing presumed dead) at the grand old age of 105. Tilikum died at 35. Captivity kills.

It really irritates me when pro-captivity advocates dwell on the “what ifs”

“What if there’s an oil spill? We need them in captivity or we’ll never see them!”

“What if they all go extinct in the wild? We need them in captivity or we’ll never see them!”

I have a what if for you - what if, instead of focusing on having cetaceans in tanks, we work to prevent and solve these issues in the wild so we don’t need to worry about them going extinct and only being able to see them in tanks?

And again, I’d like to reiterate something I’ve said a million times before - You. Are. Not. Entitled. To. See. A. Wild. Animal. Ever.

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After more than a year of waiting, the final orca to be born at a SeaWorld park made its arrival. At 3:30 p.m. EDT on April 19th, the calf was delivered to 25 year old Takara in front of a waiting staff at SeaWorld San Antonio. The baby appears to be doing well and is swimming with and nursing from their mother. Hopes are certainly high that the calf will survive this critical time in its life.

The mother, Takara, is certainly not new to raising calves. She has previously had six calves (counting the most recent), but only three of them are with her today. One of the babies was a miscarriage, and the other two, Trua and Kohana, were separated from her and sent to different parts of the globe.

Although the birth of a baby is certainly a wondrous thing, this moment is also bittersweet. On one hand this is the last killer whale to be born at a SeaWorld park, but on the other all this calf was brought into a life of captivity, something that has been proven time and time again to be tortuous to such intelligent animals. Even still, we must remain hopeful that one day captive orcas from across the globe will once again feel the ocean on their backs in a seaside sanctuary, a place where cetaceans can experience their natural habitat whilst still being under the care of humans. It’ll take a lot of advocacy, hard work, and dedication, but we will not give up. Let’s get to work!

PC: SeaWorld

SeaWorld’s final baby killer whale is born at Texas park

The last baby killer whale to be born at a SeaWorld theme park has made its debut.

The company said it welcomed its newest aqua-animal when Takara, the 25-year-old matriarch of the SeaWorld San Antonio killer whale pod, gave birth to the calf Wednesday afternoon.

Takara was already pregnant when the company in March 2016 announced that it would be ending its breeding program for killer whales, which are also known as orcas. The program had come under criticism from animal-rights activists, especially since a 2013 documentary claimed that captivity was harmful to orcas. In addition to ending the breeding program, the company said in 2015 that it would be ending its killer whale shows by 2019. (Photo: SeaWorld/AP)