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.

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#TBT to 1985 when we whale-comed a crew of star-trekking time travelers. Happy 50th Anniversary, Star Trek! George and Gracie say “Hi!”

When Star Trek IV hit theaters, humpback whale populations were low, having been hunted to the brink of extinction before a hunting moratorium was introduced in 1966. But thanks to conservation efforts, these whales have made huge strides towards recovery, so much so that nine of the 14 distinct humpback populations were recently taken off the Endangered Species List. Live long and prosper, humpback whales!

The false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) is one of the larger dolphin species, capable of growing nearly 20 feet long. They are found in tropical and temperate waters around the world. Not much is known about this species in the wild, though they are sometimes known to approach humans and boats. False killer whale/bottlenose dolphin hybrids, called “wholphins”, have been reported in the wild, and there have been confirmed specimens in captivity.

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Based on the unusual bite marks on its dorsal fin, scientists at the Center for Whale Research think that this newborn calf may have been pulled from the womb by another orca. The killer whale calf (born into “J-pod,” one of the groups of whales that lives in the waters near Seattle) has been seen swimming with its presumed grandmother.

Image credit: Ken Balcomb and Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research

Issues that need more attention: the fact that military sonar exercises are killing and injuring cetaceans worldwide, causing hemorrhaging in the brain, hearing damage, and disrupting natural and necessary communication and behaviours. Hundreds of whales, dolphins and porpoises are stranding themselves on beaches in attempts to escape the noise, or because of brain damage - and this has been happening for decades.

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These stunning images capture a graceful show by a rare white humpback whale which dived out of the water in Etty Bay near Innisfail, far north Queensland. Photographer Jenny Dean captured the mammal on the move, she remarked: “It was an amazing experience, incredible to see that huge creature propel out of the water with such ease and agility.” (x)