goodbye whale


..“Momma I’m coming #home❤️⬆️🦋💎💋🐬🐳🐋🦈🐠
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The water is so crystal clear! 💙🐳🐬"I try to appreciate every second these 🐋🐬🐳 spend near the surface. Often times they dive deep and disappear. A breath could be for a playful twirl or mean goodbye. ” RG from @uheheu #whales #dolphins #gorgeous

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(This is it. The final phase of the plan. I do hope this wasn’t a disappointment. After all, as said in the video, I didn’t completely know there was going to be a plan. But now we are here, and this is the end. Thank you all for sticking around, because this wouldn’t have happened without you.)

(I won’t be deleting this blog, only turning off the ask box once I leave. I hope that people might stumble upon this someday and wonder. I’ll be leaving the ask box open for the rest of the day.)

(I only request one last thing from all of you. Don’t let what has happened here be forgotten. Tell the story, the story of how a silly little ask started something amazing. And with that, this is the end.)

(Thank you all. You are all wonderful whales.)


anonymous asked:

Are you pro cetacean-cap?

I’m going to apologize right here for commandeering this question - in no way is this entirely directed at you, anon, but I am using it as a chance to summarize my opinions on this entire subject in one place. 

Frankly, in a perfect world, I would be against it. In a perfect world, large marine mammals - all animals, in fact - would be free to live or die in the natural order of things. But this is not a perfect world, and, to be blunt, marine species are worse off than most endangered terrestrial animals. It’s not simply “part” of the oceans that humans have messed with - it’s the entire thing. There is nowhere for marine species to escape to, not when the same currents that carry food all over the world are also bringing in garbage and pollution.

I’m pro-cetacean captivity for the same reasons I mentioned earlier, but unlike earlier, I’m also against it for a similar number of reasons - most of them being that I feel that aquaria and marine parks can and need to do much better in terms of care, space, and enrichment for their animals. 

However, due to the recent Blackfish-fueled “free the whales” movement, I feel like I also need to weigh in on why I am absolutely against this particular movement.

Whaling is still practiced by many countries, and over a thousand whales are still killed annually. For species that are so long-lived and slow to reproduce, that is a completely unsustainable number. And that’s not even taking into account the “allowed” numbers hunted each year by aboriginal populations around the world - while I agree with this monitored practice in theory, it can and has been abused for tourism purposes, and on top of the previously mentioned commercial whaling means that, from a species perspective, it is only adding to the problem.

We are literally filling the oceans with garbage, and it is killing everything. You’ve all seen pictures of bird carcasses full of plastic, but it’s not only birds. Whales have washed ashore with stomachs full of plastic as well, not to mention those hundreds that are rescued from being tangled, injured or trapped by ocean debris. There is so much microscopic plastic trapped in an ocean gyre (at least the size of Texas) that it was given a name and now has a Wikipedia pageIs this not as horrifyingly surreal to everyone as it is to me?

Not only physical pollution, but noise pollution. All cetaceans use sonar to hunt, communicate, and exist, and humanity has filled the ocean with noise. Boats, drilling, our own sonar - just like songbirds in cities, cetaceans are being overwhelmed, drowned out, and disoriented enough to beach themselves on land in entire pods because of the racket.

This isn’t even going in to climate change, boat collisions, oil spills, and a thousand and one other things that we’re responsible for, but I’m sure you can see the point I’m trying to make.

What makes me so frustrated at this entire recent movement is that it is blatantly ignoring the real problem, and dragging attention that should rightly be focused on fixing the environment to something much less urgent. Same for any anti-captivity argument, really. I mean, I understand. I understand, because I know all the arguments against animals, especially emotional, intelligent cetaceans, in captivity. Trust me, I know. I know the physiological, ecological, behavioral, mental, and even theoretical reasons. I do. 

But if you release all the orcas and dolphins in the world, what then? It’s the same mentality as those who deny an unwillingly pregnant woman the right to abortion, but turn about and refuse to support her financially once she gives birth. All those animals you freed are going to die in droves the moment they’re released, because nothing has been done to fix the toxic dump we’ve turned their home into.

And I get it, because cleaning up the oceans is a daunting task, whereas freeing the captive whales is much more manageable. But if you really hate marine parks and aquaria and zoos so much, then take away the primary reason for them to exist. Fight to fix the environment, in whatever small increments you can. Once you have a place for them to go, then we can talk about freeing all the animals. 

Today I convinced many monolingual people that I’m fluent in 7 different languages because they kept naming languages to see if I knew things, which resulted in me naming lots of random vocabulary I’ve picked up here and there.

They think I’m fluent in Icelandic but what I actually said was, “Whale, brother, goodbye.”