Just finished reading that NatGeo article about Morgan. I want to puke…

What a one-sided, biased piece of parotting garbage. The writer not only buys the line from the Dolphinarium and Loro Parque about saving Morgan’s life but he begins the article about he loved to see Gudrun perform and how he’ll be front and center again when there’s another “rescued” orca to gawk at!

He goes on to mention the release plans but like all others they only talk about a sea pen, where “she’ll be wasting away alone”. By all means, don’t mention that a sea pen would have been just one step in a larger plan.

And Morgan ‘is doing fine” And they “wouldn’t be surprised if she ends up as the dominant female”!

And the most disgusting thing, the Dolphinarium is proud of what they did for/with Morgan!

These people make me sick.


It looks like a big pool…. but it’s just a small cage in the water.

“With more than 1300 members, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is the world’s largest network of zoos and aquariums.

WAZA’s mission is to guide, encourage and support the zoos, aquariums, and like-minded organizations of the world in animal care and welfare, environmental education and global conservation.

One would think, therefore, that it would be impossible for a dolphinarium that is linked to the Japanese dolphin slaughter to be accepted as a WAZA member. But it is not. WAZA has welcomed several such dolphinariums into their umbrella organization, thereby giving them their stamp of credibility.

Most of the approximately 500 dolphins currently held in Japan’s 50 dolphinariums were captured during a violent and deadly dolphin drive hunt. Many of these Japanese dolphinariums are members of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums, also known as JAZA. Despite the fact that JAZA members keep the brutal dolphin hunt alive by doing business with the dolphin killers, WAZA welcomes JAZA as an association member!” sign this petion telling WAZA to expel all facilities that provide direct or indirect support for the drive capture of dolphins.

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Captive Dolphins Suffer - Say No to Dolphinariums


In a recent article for the BBC, a former dolphin trainer from the Japanese town of Taiji – made infamous by the movie The Cove – gave an account of her life in the trade. On Taiji’s place in the international dolphin trade, she said that foreigners would often come to Taiji to buy dolphins as it was the only place in the world where they were able to buy dolphins so easily.

The fishermen and the traders of Taiji are responsible for subjecting the dolphins to a cruel fate. It’s death by spear or a lifetime in captivity for the animals. But the captors are not alone in their guilt because the demand for live dolphins comes from the many captive dolphin outlets throughout the world.

A lucrative trade

Captured dolphins make for a lucrative trade for traders, officials and middlemen. Last week, the government of the Solomon Islands (who take 25% revenue in taxes from the sale of each dolphin) made clear that the laws of the nation did not ban dolphin trading. There are powerful financial incentives for capturing and selling dolphins in places such as the Solomons and Japan.

Too many people think dolphin shows – where dolphins perform all sorts of tricks for the amusement of the audience – are good harmless family fun. They may not be aware of the cruelty and needless suffering. These same people would be horrified at the thought of taking their children to a dog fight or watching an animal torture video.

English: Dolphinarium in Yalta (Hotel Yalta), Ukraine Русский: Дельфинарий в Ялте (отель Ялта) Українська: Дельфінарій у Ялті (готель Ялта) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But they look so happy

The Humane Society of the United States in their webpage on marine mammals in captivity states: “Whales and dolphins travel long distances each day, sometimes swimming in a straight line for a hundred miles, other times remaining in a certain area for hours or days, moving several miles along a coastline and then turning to retrace their path. These marine mammals can dive up to several hundred meters and stay underwater for up to half an hour. They spend only 10 to 20% of their time at the surface.”

A captive dolphin’s lifespan is significantly shorter than that of its wild counterparts.

Swimming with dolphins – can’t be bad?

Since the 1970s, Dolphin Assisted Therapy (DAT) has been endorsed by some “experts” for helping those with disabilities such as autism. Many children have travelled to Florida and other dolphin hubs in the hope of finding improvement for their condition but the merits of these therapies have been questioned. Animal welfare groups have warned of their dangers to humans and to dolphins. Dolphins can injure or drown people and some carry bacteria that can infect human beings with conditions such as brucellosis.

Recreational swimming with dolphins is still popular in many parts of the world. In the Caribbean, “dolphinariums” cater to the cruiseship traffic.

Clearly, a dolphinarium does not allow these animals to behave in a natural or healthy manner.

The World SPCA outlines some practices dangerous to dolphins such as beaching themselves to be petted and warns against anthropomorphising. Dolphins behave in human-like ways (with gestures such as waving and nodding) because they are hungry and NOT because they are being friendly.

Swimming close to dolphins is great fun – when done in THEIR environment in the wild. I’ve seen grown adults moved to tears while snorkelling with a pod of dolphins in the Red Sea. It’s an experience not to be missed.

End the cruelty of captive dolphins

Earlier this month, Chris Porter, a marine mammal trainer and trader in New Zealand, set free his last 17 dolphins, having become disillusioned with the industry (which enabled him to have a lucrative business). He claims the death of a whale trainer at Sea World by Tilikum – a Killer Whale he once trained – was the turning point in making his decision. Porter asked: “Are we really educating and providing the best representation for these animals in an aquarium?”

How can you help? Next time someone you know suggests an afternoon at the dolphin show, give them some info. If they truly love these animals, they might change their mind. Sign the petitions and do your part; the dolphins need all the help they can get.

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Resident and Transient-type Killer Whales  in Southeast Kamchatka, Russia


Killer whales, Orcinus orca, were studied in Avacha Gulf, southeast Kamchatka, in the Russian Far East (RFE) from 1999-2003 using land- and boat-based photo-identification and sound recordings. A total of 121 photographically identified killer whales in the area have been determined to be residents based on (1) site fidelity with frequent re-sightings, (2) observations of predation on fish and (3) the recording of stable, resident-type dialects. The study has also documented transient-type marine mammal hunting killer whales in the RFE through morphological observations and biopsy documentation of contaminant levels and genetic characteristics. On 26 September 2003, some 32-37 resident-type killer whales were captured by the Utrish Dolphinarium Ltd, six of which had been photo-identified in previous years. One young female drowned in the nets; another young female was removed and sent to the Utrish Dolphinarium where she subsequently died. No more captures should be permitted until more is known about the population structure and population sizes of RFE killer whales.


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A new dolphinarium has opened in Japan on April 18th, 2015. Named Oita “Asobichi” あそびーち, the park hosts dolphin interaction programs as well as other activities. The dolphinarium currently houses pantropical spotted dolphins as well as spotted dolphins, majority of which came from “The Cove” in Taiji Japan, and were collected last year and the year before that. From the looks of it, the park’s pools look incredibly small for the dolphins, and it also looks like they are surrounded by people on the shallow “slide out” area of the pool, which is probably very stressful for the animals. -
Caption written by me
Article info gathered from Cetabase
Picture credit to the Oita “Asobichi” あそびーち aquarium by shut.down.captivity

Dede painted a set of wind-up teeth at the abandoned Dolphinarium discotheque in Tel Aviv, the site of a suicide bombing on June 1, 2001 that killed 21 people and injured 120 others. More here.

Mercredi 13 Mai _ Tulum ➡️ Valladolid

“Gringo [def], n. m. : acronyme un poil taquin employé en Amérique du Sud et Centrale pour désigner un genre humanoïde particulier se déplaçant en troupeaux depuis les USA, principalement caractérisé par une addiction à la graisse d'origine animale et étonnamment persuadé qu'il culmine au sommet de sa civilisation malgré le néant culturel qu'il s'applique à exhiber.”
Ici, dans l'Est du Yucatán, c'est « Gringosland » comme disent les mexicains. Bienheureusement cela ne nous a pas empêchés de plonger dans les eaux cristallines de Cozumel ou des cenotes yucatèques, nager avec les tortues dans la baie d'Akumal, se régaler de quesadillas et de tacos, se prendre pour un soigneur dans un dolphinarium ou flâner parmi les ruines mayas de Tulum ou Cobá.
Nous sommes 4 à présent, après avoir récupéré notre couple de châtelains Laure et Franck. Il est temps maintenant de s'enfoncer dans les terres pour voir à quoi ressemble vraiment le Mexique.
Et au fait, le dernier mois du voyage est entamé. Malgré les 35 degrés ambiant, ça fait froid dans le dos.

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The Sochi Park dolphinarium has gained another cetacean, as they recently acquired Vasilisa Василиса, a beluga from Sevastopol. The Sochi park recently opened on May 1st and harbors Belugas, Black Sea Dolphins, Seals and Sea Lions, and were previously part of the capture and display of the Russian wild-caught orcas. -
Picture credit to: Artem Topchiy
Information Gathered From: Cetabase and Orcahome
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Blackbeard’s Cay, a dolphinarium in the Bahamas, is currently in a whale of a lot of trouble with the Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences in Honduras. The two facilities are currently in a business dispute concerning the 8 dolphins that the Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences loaned Blackbeard’s Cay. The Institute for Marine Sciences had previously sent the dolphins to help out with a 8,000,000 dollar project at Blackbeard’s Cay, but now wants the dolphins back, stating that Blackbeard’s Cay had failed to offer their end of the deal in the business partnership. Blackbeard’s Cay currently owns only those dolphin, and without them the park will be without dolphin’s to feed their “Swim With” programs. As you can see the from the infographic above, (courtesy of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation website) Blackbeard’s Cay is a severely inadequate facility to keep dolphins in, and the animals should be relocated immediately. On the flip side, the Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences currently owns 19 dolphins in total in a better unkept facility. That being said, the dolphins at the Institute for Marine Sciences are subject to constant “Swim With” programs daily, and as we have seen in the past are harmful to both the dolphin and the person enacting in the program, and should cease immediately. -
Photo credit to: Whale Dolphin Conservation
Info gathered from: Tribune 242
Caption written by me, please ask before reposting! :) by shut.down.captivity

I’ll be there. Will you?
#Repost @bitebackorg In front of the Atomium, Brussels, last year, with 400 activists and Ric O'Barry to demand Europe to close down all dolphinaria. Join us this year for the same demonstration at the Atomium in Brussels, June 27 at 2 pm #tbt #throwbackthursday #europeclosedolphinaria #dolphinarium #dolphin #captivitykills #Tweet4Dolphins #endcaptivity #animalsfeel #emptythetanks #biteback #bitebackorg #animalactivism #getactive #ricobarry #dolphinproject #vegan #whatvegansdo by degroenekeuken