Names of over five hundred captive Orcas and other Dolphins, only five hundred of the 2,000 names I collected.. Two thousand animals suffering because of humans.. An orca can swim up to one hundred miles a day in the wild, in the average tank they would have to swim 1,208 laps each day to reach that equivalent. Not only are the tanks small but they’re over crowded with stressed, bored, scared, and depressed animals which only leads to violence and injuries to themselves and the people they work with. These animals are so much smarter than most people can even comprehend, they deserve better, say no to sea world and other marine parks promoting this slavery
On this day 43 years ago, Toki was brutally ripped from her family in Puget Sound and bought by the Miami Seaquarium.
For 10 years she performed alongside Hugo, until his death from a brain aneurism in 1980. Toki has been denied contact with members of her own kind since that day.
She is most socially bonded creature on the planet, yet has been kept isolated for 33 years, in a tank only 4 times her own length.
43 years of performances, 43 years since she could breach, dive, and spy hop and swim without restriction. 43 years since she felt the waves and the currents of the open sea. 43 years since she swam free surrounded by the loving calls of her family, 43 years since Toki’s mother could caress her daughter. 43 years since Ocean Sun screamed as her daughter was dragged away in twisted nets to a life of slavery.
For 43 years the organisations supposed to protect Toki have done nothing to help her, for 43 years the Seaquarium has failed to improve her living conditions.
And for 43 years people have fought for her freedom.
And we will continue to fight until Toki takes her last breath. So please Seaquarium, 43 years is enough. Do the right thing and allow Toki to live out the rest of her days where she belongs, in the peace of a seapen in the waters of her birth.
Give her that last great gift, the chance to swim by her mother’s side again. Do it for this beautiful, sweet, miraculous girl, she has given you so much, now it’s time for the show to end.
Blackfish dramatically changed my thinking. SeaWorld was a place of joy in my childhood. I loved it. If you were like me and visited the parks in the late 80’s–early 90’s, isn’t it crazy to think the same whales we saw are probably still there–same tanks, same tricks, same miserable existence? Think about all you’ve done in your life since then. These poor brilliant animals…I’ve been reading and researching orcas like crazy this past week. I can’t stop.
Here are some things Blackfish didn’t touch on:
Tilikum’s life now:
The poor guy has been kept in solitary confinement. SeaWorld claims he’s active and (mentally) stimulated. I hope you know now not to believe the lies SeaWorld spews. Read more about his life now here. It’s hard to say if Tilly regrets killing Dawn, but there’s no arguing he knows he’s being treated differently than the other whales now. He watches them, alone, and chews at the gates.
Morgan was taken from the wild in 2010 under the pretense that she would be released after being nursed back to health. She’s the first orca taken from the wild in 25 years. She’s valuable because she can help with SeaWorld’s inbreeding problem. Even though she was supposed to be released, she’s now at Loro Parque. A judge recently ruled she can’t be returned to the wild despite many experts testifying in her favor. She’s considered a pre-teen, but she’s being housed with older males. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions. Morgan has an appeal coming up. Read more about it here.
If you think Tilly and Morgan have it bad (and they do), poor Lolita might just have it the worst. She was taken from her mother in the wild in 1970. Think about how long that’s been. Unlike the whales at SeaWorld, she’s in an illegally small tank with no shade (ever) from the Florida sun, alone. The last time she even saw another Orca was 1980. Imagine being kept in solitary confinement in torturous conditions for nearly 34 years. For the record, her mother is still alive. There are extensive plans for Lolita, but they have yet to take effect. Read about them here.
Regarding Lolita's new owners, Palace Entertainment
Source:The Orca Network (alert email I received):
|Palace Entertainment, a California-based amusement park company, has been authorized by Miami-Dade County Commission to purchase the Miami Seaquarium (MSQ), including the lone Orca "Lolita." This presents an opportunity to ask that "Lolita" be released back into the waters of her birth - a request that has been repeatedly denied by MSQ's current owners.
Lolita has suffered in the same barren tank at the Miami Seaquarium for over 43 years. She is about 46 years old, which is equivalent to human years, so she could have several decades of life remaining, IF she is able to return to her native habitat. She lives a solitary life, performing routine daily shows for tourists. Her tank is the smallest for an orca in North America, and is in violation of the Animal Welfare Act, but the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has yet to acknowledge these glaring discrepancies.
Lolita was captured from the waters of Washington State where her probable mother "Ocean Sun" and extended family (L-Pod) still live. L-Pod is a resident group of orcas which researchers have documented each year since 1973. The key factor standing between Lolita and her reunion with her pod has been refusal by the Miami Seaquarium owners to allow her retirement. Marine mammal experts have proposed a plan in which Lolita would be transferred to a coastal sea pen, and, once she regains her metabolic condition and re-learns the skills necessary for survival, she will be given the opportunity to rejoin her family in the wild. If Lolita is unable to rejoin her family after the years spent alone in a tank, she will be cared for and allowed to live as natural a life as possible.
At the Miami-Dade County Commission hearing to approve the sale, commissioners expressed concerns about Lolita. Commissioner Xavier Suarez asked, "is there something that can be contemplated [to help Lolita]?" Commissioner Barbara Jordan asked, "Is there a retirement program for whales?"|
~You Can Help Lolita!
Contact Palace Entertainment and ask that Lolita be released back into the waters of her birth. Please be courteous and concise, and simply express your wishes for Lolita in a positive way. We are not aware of the intentions of the company, so this is to acquaint the new owners with the groundswell of public opinion in favor of Lolita's return to her home waters.
°SAMPLE TEXT:(It's best to use your own words, and all are welcome to include any of the information provided in this announcement above. And please remember to be polite and positive for her freedom.):
I am writing in response to the recent announcement that Palace Entertainment has been authorized to purchase the Miami Seaquarium. I'm sure you are aware of the controversy surrounding Lolita, an orca at the Miami Seaquarium who for nearly 45 years has lived in a small concrete tank, without the company of another orca.
Lolita was captured from the waters of Washington State where her probable mother "Ocean Sun" and extended family (L-Pod) still live. Marine mammal experts have proposed a plan* in which Lolita would be transferred to a coastal sea pen, and, once she re-learns the skills necessary for survival, possibly rejoin her family in the wild.
I urge Palace Entertainment to allow Lolita to be rehabilitated and released into her native waters. Her release has a high likelihood of a successful reunion. Such a decision would bring tremendous positive publicity to your company!°
** Now I know a lot of people are on the fence about Lolita ever being able to return to the wild; however this might at least help her gain freedom from her tiny concrete tank in Miami and retired to a sea pen where she could actually be more like an Orca should be.
Thank you to anyone that does this for Lolita and passes it along for others to see!!
It only took a month and a bit to arrive (horrid shipping) but super stoked to finally have my anti Seaworld workout tank!!!! #seaworldsucks #seaworld #anticaptivity #captivitykills #orca #killerwhale #cetacean #activism #yyj #victoriabc #vancouverisland #anticap #MarineLand #miamiseaquarium #freelolita #FreeMorgan #freecorky #freetilikum
Dorsal fin collapse or FFS, Flacid fin syndrome is seen very commonly in the whales kept in captivity and despite what you perhaps may be told on your visit to sea world, It is not as common in the wild- and if it is seen its more often caused by a boating accident/fight than the environment.
No-one knows for certain why they fall in captivity though it could be due to many reasons that are mentioned in this great scientific paper - [link]
The most common factor however is that at parks such as sea world orca spend a large amount of time at the surface or out of water, whereas in the wild roughly 80% of their time is spent underwater where the water pressure helps to keep their fin up. In captivity gravity is slowly pulling it down.
Another common factor with dorsal fins which differs from captive to wild whales is the way they eat. Captive orcas are given frozen dead fish whereas wild capture and kill their own. Eating frozen fish doesn’t allow collagen to be created properly a vital fat used in keeping the fin upright.
I know this really hasn’t any effect on the whales overall health but if something has been warped so unnaturally compared to in the wild what is happening to the rest of the whale?