Ever since 1966, there has been at least one orca death in captivity per year.

• Wanda (Marineland of the Pacific)

• Moby Doll (Vancouver Aquarium)

• Namu (Seattle Marine Aquarium)

• Katy (Seattle Marine Aquarium)

• Kianu’s calf, Bonnie, Bonnie’s calf (Marineworld Africa USA)
• Tula (Dolfinarium Harderwijk)
• Lupa (New York Aquarium)
• Natsidalia (Pender Harbor, BC)

• No name (Seattle Marine Aquarium)
• Orky (Marineland of the Pacific)

• Calypso (Marineland Antibes)
• No name (Seattle Marine Aquarium)
• Corky (Marineland of the Pacific)
• Ramu II (Marineland Australia)
• Scarredjaw Cow (Pedder Bay, British Columbia)

• Shamu, Kandu (SeaWorld San Diego)
• No name, no name (Seattle Marine Aquarium)
• Patches (Marineland of the Pacific)
• Ramu IV (Marineland Australia)
• Lil Nootka (Sea Arama Texas)
• Wally (München Aquarium, Germany)

• Zero (Kamogawa SeaWorld)
• Kenny (Marineland of the Pacific)
• Chimo (Sealand of the Pacific)

• Kandy (Marineland Canada)
• Klovis (Marineland Antibes)

• Frankie (SeaWorld San Diego)
• Canuck (SeaWorld Orlando)
• Jumbo, Chappy (Kamogawa SeaWorld)
• Nootka II (Sealand of the Pacific)
• Mamuk (Sea Arama Texas)
• Cuddles (Dudley Zoo)
• Ahab (US Navy, Hawaii)

• Kandu III (SeaWorld San Diego)
• Kona III (SeaWorld Orlando)

• Nootka III (Sealand of the Pacific)

• Kona (SeaWorld San Diego)
• Sandy (SeaWorld Orlando)
• Corky II’s calf (Marineland of the Pacific)
• Magnus (Dolfinarium Harderwijk)

• Kilroy (SeaWorld San Diego)
• Spooky (Marineland of the Pacific)
• Taiji (Taiji Whale Museum)

• Shawn (SeaWorld San Diego)
• Kandu II (Marineland Canada)
• Surfer Girl (Marineworld Africa USA)
• No name, No name, No name, No name’s calf, No name’s calf (Nanki Shirahama Adventure World)
• Chi (Taiji Whale Museum)
• No name, No name (Saedyrasafnid Aquarium, Iceland)

• No name (Marineland Canada)
• Hugo (Miami Seaquarium)
• Skana (Vancouver Aquarium)
• Corky II’s calf (Marineworld of the Pacific)
• Nepo (Marineworld Africa USA)
• Kianu (Nanki Shirahama Adventure World)

• Canuck II (SeaWorld San Diego)
• No name (Marineland Canada)
• No name (Clacton Pier, UK)

• Ramu (SeaWorld Orlando)
• Kim (Marineland Antibes)
• Kiva (Marineland of the Pacific)
• Haida, Miracle (Sealand of the Pacific)
• No name, Tai (Taiji Whale Museum)
• Sacchi’s calf (Enoshima Aquarium, Japan)

• King (Kamogawa SeaWorld)
• No name (Sealand of the Pacific)
• Benkei (Nanki Shirahama Adventure World)
• Neptune (Clacton Pier, UK)
• Dzul-Ha (Aquarama on Parade, Mexico)
• Benkei III (Private residence, Japan)

• Sacchi (Enoshima Aquarium, Japan)

• Corky II’s calf (Marineland of the Pacific)
• No name (Saedyrasafnid Aquarium, Iceland)

• Winston, Baby Shamu II (SeaWorld San Diego)
• Corky II miscarriage (Marineland of the Pacific)
• Nemo (Windsor Safari Park)
• No name (Japanese Fishermen Group)

• Kona II (SeaWorld Orlando)
• Betty (Marineland Antibes)
• Patty, Caren (Kamogawa SeaWorld)

• Orky II (SeaWorld San Diego)
• Bjossa’s calf (Vancouver Aquarium)
• Shachi (Izu-Mito Sea Paradise)
• Nandú (Acuarama São Paulo)

• Kandu V (SeaWorld San Diego)
• Benkei II (Nanki Shirahama Adventure World)

• Knootka (SeaWorld San Diego)
• Kanduke (SeaWorld Orlando)

• Kenau (SeaWorld Orlando)
• Kahana (SeaWorld San Antonio)
• Freya’s calf (Marineland Antibes)
• Milagro (Mundo Marino)
• Hyak II (Vancouver Aquarium)
• Bubba/Prince (Ocean Park, Hong Kong)

• Samoa (SeaWorld San Antonio)
• Kiska’s calf (Marineland Canada)
• Kshamenk’s father (Mundo Marino)
• K'yosha (Vancouver Aquarium)
• Nootka IV’s calf (Sealand of the Pacific)

• Freya’s calf (Marineland Antibes)

• Nootka IV (SeaWorld Orlando)
• Haida II’s calf (SeaWorld San Antonio)
• Junior (Marineland Canada)

• Kotar (SeaWorld San Antonio)
• Maggie’s calf (Kamogawa SeaWorld)
• Bjossa’s calf (Vancouver Aquarium)
• Ai (Nanki Shirahama Adventure World)

• Nyar, Gudrun (SeaWorld Orlando)

• Maggie, Maggie’s calf (Kamogawa SeaWorld)
• Finna (Vancouver Aquarium)
• Yaka (Marineworld Africa USA)
• No name miscarriage, No name, No name (Nanki Shirahama Adventure World)
• Hoi-Wai/Suzie Wong (Ocean Park, Hong Kong)

• Nootka V’s calf, Kanuck (Marineland Canada)
• Belén’s calf (Mundo Marino)

• Katerina (SeaWorld San Antonio)

• Malik (Marineland Canada)
• Belén, Belén’s calf (Mundo Marino)
• Vigga (Six Flags)
• Ruka (Nanki Shirahama Adventure World)
• Tanouk (Izu-Mito Sea Paradise)

• Bjossa (SeaWorld San Diego)
• Haida II (SeaWorld San Antonio)
• Nova (Marineland Canada)
• Freya’s calf (Marineland Antibes)

• Winnie (SeaWorld San Antonio)
• Algonquin (Marineland Canada)

• Freya’s calf (Marineland Antibes)
• No name (Utrish Dolphinarium, Russia)

• Hudson, Neocia, April, Nootka V miscarriage, Neocia miscarriage (Marineland Canada)
• Kyu, Ran, Ran’s calf (Nanki Shirahama Adventure World)

• Splash (SeaWorld San Diego)
• Kandu VII (Marineland Canada)
• Kim II (Marineland Antibes)
• Goro (Nanki Shirahama Adventure World)

• Unna stillbirth (SeaWorld San Antonio)
• Nootka V miscarriage (Marineland Canada)
• Sarah, No name (Kamogawa SeaWorld)

• Taku (SeaWorld San Antonio)
• Asuka (Izu-Mito Sea Paradise)
• Pascuala (Vallarta Dolphin Adventure, Mexico)

• Halyn (SeaWorld San Antonio)
• Nootka V (Marineland Canada)
• Ku (Port of Nagoya Aquarium)

• Athena (Marineland Canada)
• Sharkan (Marineland Antibes)

• Sumar (SeaWorld San Diego)
• Taima, Kalina (SeaWorld Orlando)

• Nami (Port of Nagoya Aquarium)

• Oscar (Kamogawa SeaWorld)

• Victoria (Loro Parque)

? - Seeing how the trends have gone, I am constantly worrying about who it will be this year.

Happy Birthday American Democracy!

This poem by Walt Whitman is one of the greatest poems of American Democracy, equality and self realization ever written. He is striking at the spirit of democracy as it is embodied in humanity. There is no shame in differences and the self in all variations inspires Love; black, white, brown, gay, straight, this religious belief or that, all made equal under the loving, tolerant and open spirit of democracy. Democracy as an ideal that Whitman knew was a work in progress for America, as it still is today, but we continue to march forward in the spirit with which he writes this poem. The best of our country moves this way, it is still alive and has moved more deeply toward Whitman’s America then when it was written. Happy Birthday to Whitman’s America! Happy birthday to the continued ideal of a more perfect living open democracy.

Song of Myself (1892 version)


1 I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
I loafe and invite my soul, I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.
My tongue, every atom of my blood, form’d from this soil, this air, Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same, I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin, Hoping to cease not till death.
Creeds and schools in abeyance, Retiring back a while sufficed at what they are, but never forgotten, I harbor for good or bad, I permit to speak at every hazard, Nature without check with original energy.
2 Houses and rooms are full of perfumes, the shelves are crowded with perfumes, I breathe the fragrance myself and know it and like it, The distillation would intoxicate me also, but I shall not let it.
The atmosphere is not a perfume, it has no taste of the distillation, it is odorless, It is for my mouth forever, I am in love with it, I will go to the bank by the wood and become undisguised and naked, I am mad for it to be in contact with me.
The smoke of my own breath, Echoes, ripples, buzz’d whispers, love-root, silk-thread, crotch and vine, My respiration and inspiration, the beating of my heart, the passing of blood and air through my lungs, The sniff of green leaves and dry leaves, and of the shore and dark-color’d sea-rocks, and of hay in the barn, The sound of the belch’d words of my voice loos’d to the eddies of the wind, A few light kisses, a few embraces, a reaching around of arms, The play of shine and shade on the trees as the supple boughs wag, The delight alone or in the rush of the streets, or along the fields and hill-sides, The feeling of health, the full-noon trill, the song of me rising from bed and meeting the sun.
Have you reckon’d a thousand acres much? have you reckon’d the earth much? Have you practis’d so long to learn to read? Have you felt so proud to get at the meaning of poems?
Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems, You shall possess the good of the earth and sun, (there are millions of suns left,) You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor look through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the spectres in books, You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me, You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self.

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