dolphin hunts


The duels between hunters and hunted are as dramatic as any event in the natural world. The stakes could not be higher. For both, it’s a matter of life and death. Yet surprisingly, it’s the hunters that usually fail. To have any chance of survival, predators must be perfectly tuned to their own hunting arenas. Every habitat brings a different challenge. THE HUNT will reveal as never before the extraordinary range of strategies predators use to catch their prey. But even for the most skillful, success is never guaranteed.

Before the 1960′s, when the TV series Flipper became popular, trained sea creatures such as dolphins were a very rare occurrence. Richard “Ric” O’Barry was a dolphin trainer at Miami Seaquarium and helped to capture five wild dolphins that would be trained to star in Flipper. He carried this on for 10 years until Kathy, who was the main dolphin to star in Flipper, died in his arms; he strongly believes she committed suicide when she didn’t resurface for air. It was this one event that completely changed his stance on what he was doing. He suddenly realised that imprisoning and training these beautiful and intelligent creatures for human entertainment was abhorrent. On Earth Day of 1970, Ric founded The Dolphin Project which is an organisation dedicated to educating people about the plight of dolphins in captivity. This organisation rescues and rehabilitates dolphins and releases them back to the wild. As well as this, Ric leads an international effort to stop the hunting of dolphins and the trafficking of dolphins to theme parks such as Sea World. He has written two books: Behind the Dolphin Smile and To Free a Dolphin, and also appeared in the documentary, The Cove.


shut.down.captivity Dolphin hunting strategies - hydroplaning

Bottlenose dolphins living on the west coast of Australia stunned the scientific world by learning how to use tools. Covering an area of 10,000 sq km, “Shark Bay” is one of the most diverse and pristine shallow-water bays on the planet. Protected from the open ocean, these sheltered waters make a perfect nursery for more than 3 000 dolphins.

Using Shark Bay’s shallow waters, the dolphin population developed a unique hunting technique. These dolphins use the so-called hydroplaning technique to catch their prey. As the dolphins swim fast, the water covers their body and allows them to swim through waters, which would normally be too shallow and thus lead to standing. They further stress fish out by not only pushing onto the beach, but also tail slapping. As result, the stressed out fish becomes easy to prey on.

Scientists found out that this unique hunting strategy is, unlike what their first thought, nothing innate, but rather a learned tool, which adults kept teaching hydroplaning their young over generations.

Did you know?
Strand feeding is a rarely observed hunting technique, which is also being used by bottlenose dolphins living in the southeastern United States.

Caption: @shut.down.captivity
Video credit: BBC

anonymous asked:

Hello! I feel like you're the kind of person to help handle an issue I'm having. I've decided to go vegan because of many many reasons I'm sure you know. I feel like everywhere I go people are saying "drink your milk and eat your meat to grow stronger!!11!" and sometimes I try to meekly explain to my friends why that is actually bad, but they just blow me off, make jokes and say "wellllllll not ALL cows are treated like that." I really want advice on what to do to help them see my point of view.

Hi anon! You’re awesome and I want to thank you for reaching out to me. I was once like you, a brand new shiny vegan. At first, everyone was pretty terrible to me too. Or at least, they mocked me for deciding not to eat animals. I tried to give them the facts, how the animals are treated, and how they’re basically just babies when they’re slaughtered (days to months old, depending on the species). But they just laughed it off.

Eventually, after a looong time, they saw it wasn’t just a phase, or a fad, and that it was something I truly stood by. And they stopped being shitheads about it. Even my ex, who was an avid meat-eater, told me I was right and that going vegan was probably the best way to live. He didn’t want to do it himself, but he said he knew I was right.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t really help the animals, does it?

Sometimes the best way is to show them is through a different lens, one that doesn’t come directly from you. Another voice. There are some really amazing documentaries out there about how animals are treated on farms, labs, zoos, and slaughterhouses. I admit, I didn’t have any interest in vegetarianism (I didn’t even know what veganism was at the time) until I had to witness what happened to these animals with my own two eyes. And I feel that most people are the same way. No one wants animals to be hurt or killed, especially if their money helps pay for it, and showing them actual footage of what happens in these places is honestly, in my opinion, something everyone needs to experience.

Here are some of my favorite documentaries I pulled from this post and I hope they help!

  • Earthlings - narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, details the human use of animals in five specific areas: for food, clothing, entertainment, science, and as pets. It’s graphic but YOU HAVE TO SEE what are you contributing to.
  • Lucent -  explores the darker side of Australia’s pig farming industry, highlighting the day-to-day tremendous cruelty accepted by the industry as standard practice.
  • Cowspiracy  : The Sustainability Secret - explores the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, and investigates the policies of environmental organizations on this issue. The movie has made such an impact that it motivated at least two restaurants to go vegan.  
  • What the Health -  the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing  trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping people sick.
  • Before The Flood -  a look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.
  • Peaceble Kingdom : The Journey Home -  the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life.
  • Meat The Truth -  presented by Marianne Thieme the documentary is drawing public attention to the issue of global warming, that has been repeatedly ignored, one of the most important causes of climate change, namely: intensive livestock production.
  • Forks Over Knives - advocates a low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet as a way to avoid or reverse several chronic diseases.
  • Blackfish -  a documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales and its dangers for both humans and whales.
  • Live & Let Live -  is a feature documentary examining our relationship with animals, the history of veganism and the ethical, environmental and health reasons that move people to go vegan.
  • The Cove - analyzes and questions dolphin hunting practices.  the film is a call to action to halt mass dolphin kills, change fishing practices, and to inform and educate the public about the risks, and increasing hazard, of mercury poisoning from dolphin meat.
  • Speciesism: The Movie -  The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide factory farm, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and coming face-to-face with their owners.
  • Vegucated -  story about 3 omnivore New York guys who plan to go vegan for six weeks for weight loss and other health benefits, but during their vegan journey, they uncover the dark side of animal agriculture, and all of a sudden find themselves against the very industry they patronized a few weeks before.

For a while I’ve been conducting a personal photo identification project on the dolphins in the Matanzas River, from about Bing’s Landing to Fort Matanzas. Anyway, this is an individual that I’ve nicknamed “Camo.” Camo is an adult female Bottlenose Dolphin who has had one known calf, “Chesser.” Here, Camo (and Chesser - he’s underwater somewhere in the photo) were hunting around the docks in the background.

only just started watching ‘Behind “The Cove”’ which apparently is the japanese response to the docu about dolphin slaughter. Less than a minute in and I’m already like ‘you got it dude. we sure do kill many baby sheep and cows. and oh boy do we do other things’

not to speak up in favor of hunting dolphins or whales, but it would be nice if sometimes the US would take a glance in their own backyards before screeching at some other country about what’s culturally acceptable to them


Notes: Or, the missing scene in 2x06, when Caitlin says, “Stay with me, Barry…” Caitlin-centric drabble. Timestamps based on the fact that there were still people at work the time that Zoom dragged Barry around town. I have an early class in the morning but ugh this idea seized me with its demonic claws…

06:39 p.m.

When Zoom brings him in, Caitlin shoots out of her chair, and his name is a strangled bird’s cry in her throat. Her vision narrows to Barry, bloody and bruised like she has never seen him before, and while she feels movement around her—Cisco silently taking the gun, Harry whispering that he had made a mistake—all she thinks is no no no no not him oh god please not him

In the end, Cisco saves his life, but it’s up to her to make sure he stays alive. She is the first by his side, and she knows with a cursory glance that he isn’t breathing. This knowledge creeps to her heart and clenches around it like ice. “Stay with me,” she whispers, placing her hands on his chest. “Please, Barry, please—”

When Barry finally lets out a stuttering breath, Caitlin springs into action. She and Cisco drag him onto a mobile bed—Cisco remarks on how strong she is, and she mutters adrenaline, but in truth she is so, so afraid because the threat of losing him is more real than ever, a threat like a dagger on a string hanging over their heads—and she immediately gets to work: she strips him of his suit, hooks him up to an IV, wires him to the heart monitor, checks for broken bones and internal haemorrhaging, and she panics because his list of injuries is nearly as long as a page in her medical textbook, and she wonders if his body can take it, if there is a limit to his regenerative abilities—

She barks at Cisco to bring her her medical equipment. “Barry’s going to need stitches,” she says. “He’s got so many injuries that energy goes to repairing the damage to internal organs first—I have to stitch him up to stop the bleeding—”

Cisco winces at her tone, and quickly brings them to her. She sets her mouth in a thin line and tries to keep her hands steady as she works. Hang in there, Barry, she says, over and over again, even if he cannot hear. Hang in there

After the stitches, she sets dislocated joints, puts his neck in a cast, wraps sprained areas tightly, and realigns his bones by traction. Cisco stands by in awe, muttering that he had never seen anyone work so fast before, and Caitlin replies shortly that Barry isn’t healing as fast as he normally does and it should be a cause for worry—

When she finishes, she sponges the blood from his wounds. She tries to erase evidence of the encounter, tries to erase memory of the fear that gripped her heart when she believed him dead.


10:15 p.m.

She watches him non-stop in what seemed like four hours of hell before his vitals finally stabilise. By this time she is so tired that she does not even have the heart to be mad at Harry the way Joe is. “Barry’s vitals have stabilised,” she says. “Let’s let him go.”

But she supposes that a father’s ire cannot be appeased so easily, and she barely follows the scene that unfolds between Cisco, Harry, and Joe. She slinks back to Barry’s side at the end of it.

“Caitlin?” Joe says. “You’re not going home?”

He and Cisco are standing at the doors of the Cortex, coats on and ready to leave. She smiles wanly, shakes her head and says, “I’m on guard duty tonight.”


11:23 p.m.

She catches sight of the Thai food that Joe had thoughtfully bought for her and Cisco earlier, and realises that in her panic she forgot to eat. But she also realises that she isn’t hungry, anyway.


1:09 a.m.

Caitlin watches him dream.

She follows the outline of his eyes flit back and forth under the skin of his lids, and remembers the time when he was in a coma for nine months, remembers how knowing that he was dreaming was far more comforting to her than seeing that his vital signs were stable. After all, most comatose people had stable vital signs, but they couldn’t dream because of extensive brain damage. His dreaming—both then and now—indicates that his memory’s intact; it’s the surest sign she has that he will wake up.

But she also remembers how his dreaming—or, she hypothesised then, his nightmares—would often precede a blackout: his breathing and heartbeat would become so erratic that even the machines couldn’t keep up with his pulse, and on a few occasions, sparks of electricity would dance on his fingertips. He muttered things under his breath: his mother, dead, murdered, blood, knife, father, innocent, prison, and—Caitlin’s heart constricts at the memory—Iris, Iris, Iris, like a mantra, a prayer. She remembers instinctively reaching for Barry’s hand, in thick rubber gloves, of course, but still against Dr. Wells’ and Cisco’s advice; she remembers smoothening the crease in his brow in the darkness while Cisco descended to the foundation of the lab to switch on the generators.

Until today Caitlin still cannot fathom why she had reached to touch him, why she tried soothing him the way she did. Maybe it was because he reminded her so sharply of herself, of the times when she would wake from the cold fingers of a nightmare of Ronnie’s death, craving heat and human touch…

Right now she wonders what he’s dreaming about. He is quiet tonight, she muses. And because she is in a nostalgic mood, she mimics the path her hand had traced on his face so long ago, after his nightmares, before he knew her name, before she knew how much he would come to mean to her. She smoothens the imaginary lines on his forehead with her thumb; she trails it over the shape of his brow, the velvet of his lids; she traces bridge of his nose and lingers over the curve of his lips—

“Caitlin,” he breathes, and, startled, she pulls her hand away as if scalded. But she realises that he is still asleep, so there is no way he will know it’s her. 

And besides, his utterance of her name shouldn’t mean anything.


3:21 a.m.

Caitlin flits in and out of consciousness, and her dreams are so vivid that they feel like her waking moments. She sees Ronnie many times: she sees him again in the chamber of the particle accelerator, walkie-talkie pressed to his chest; sees him disappear into the whirling singularity. As the night wears on her dreams become more and more surreal: She dreams she is walking on a tightrope, her belly round with child, a girl with her hair and Ronnie’s eyes; she dreams of an abyss that swallows light beneath her feet; she dreams of eating fire, of knowing the child she is carrying will die; she dreams that she is holding the grey stillborn flesh in her arms, its eyes wide open, accusing, You could have saved me, you could have saved me…

She also sees Jay. He is standing on the island of Atlantis, smiling and asking her to come with him; he tells her there are so many things in his world that he wishes to show her, he tells her that she will enjoy the shark-hunting, the dolphin-riding, the mermaid sightings; he promises her happiness. She stares at him from the little white operating room she is in, littered with medical equipment crusted with blood, and she stares at Barry sleeping, breathing, alive, and she shakes her head at Jay and tells him gently, no, you don’t understand, this is my happiness

She dreams of Barry, and she dreams that they are in love. They are on a beach, somewhere far away from Central City, and he is holding her hand. She is wearing a white sundress and he is trying to get her to swim, and she tells him she doesn’t know how, and he laughs and tugs at her, says, do you trust me? and she nods, yes, of course, but I’m terrified of drowning, and he leads her to the water and kisses her hands and holds her waist, lips pressed to her shoulder, as she wades deeper and deeper and struggles against the waves, but she knows she is safe because he is holding her. 

And when the dream finally ends she feels her heart bursting with light and warmth, and in a daze she whispers to him, my god, maybe I do love you…


4:36 a.m.

When Cisco arrives at the Cortex that morning, Caitlin has finally fallen asleep at Barry’s side, her hand intertwined with his. She looks so peaceful that he doesn’t have the strength to wake her, so instead he covers her with a blanket and quietly leaves to buy her breakfast.


7:04 a.m.

When Barry wakes, he feels the ghost of a warm touch lingering in his hand, feels a twinge of sadness for the loss of something he cannot remember having.

  • MC: You'll never guess what just happened.
  • Addison: You went out in the hallway, stumbled into an inter-dimensional portal, which brought you 5,000 years into the future, where you took advantage of the advanced technology to build a time machine, and now you're back, to bring us all with you to the year 7010, where we are transported to work at the think-a-torium by telepathically controlled flying dolphins?
  • MC: Hunt kissed me.
  • Addison: Who would ever guess that?

BREAKING NEWS TOKYO (AP) — “Game of Thrones” star @Maisie_Williams wants everyone to stop buying tickets to marine shows. She says it’s the best way to stop the capture and killings of dolphins in Japan.

Williams spoke Friday in the small Japanese town of Taiji, made famous in “The Cove,” a 2009 Oscar-winning film that documented the dolphin hunt and starred Ric O'Barry, the dolphin trainer for the “Flipper” TV series.

Williams is the latest celebrity trying to save dolphins. Others include Brian May of Queen, Sting and Daryl Hannah.

She hopes her influence on social media, with 4 million Instagram followers, will help educate people about Taiji, including Japanese.

Williams, global ambassador for O'Barry’s Dolphin Project campaign, says only a handful of Taiji fishermen are benefiting from the practice. (x) (x) (x)