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SO IMAGINE IF EVAN AND CONNOR WENT TO SEAWORLD (more of THIS garbage)

- So, since they had so much fun at Epcot, Heidi decides to set Evan and Connor up for another “date” at SeaWorld. She explicitly calls it a date. Evan gets REAL flustered after that.
- Again, Connor gives a fake name, but this time, it’s because Zoe pulled a manta ray out of Stingray Lagoon by its tail when she was 8 and nearly got it killed. He figured it’d save him the awkwardness.
- They make the mutual decision to go and see the penguins first. They get on the ride thing you have to do before seeing them, and, to look cool in front of Connor, Evan chooses the wild version of the ride instead of the mild version. To him, it just feels like a blur of color, dizziness, and freezing cold.
- He gets so dizzy that Connor has to help him out of the ride and guide him to the penguin exhibit.
- Evan sees the penguins and just… Squeals. He gets super embarrassed when he realizes that Connor definitely heard it. Connor thinks it’s… Strangely cute, though?
- Connor (begrudgingly) lends Evan his jacket, but regrets it within a split second because HOLY FRICK it’s cold in there– He doesn’t ask Evan to return it, though.
- The next thing they do is see the killer whale show. They unknowingly sit in the “Soak Zone” seats, but Evan still has a blast admiring how talented the performers are. Y'know, until Connor uses him as a human shield just to not get wet.
- In the part of the show where two of the killer whales pretend to kiss each other, Connor makes the split second decision to kiss Evan on the cheek. He doesn’t even know why. He just… Does it. For the rest of the show, he pretends it didn’t even happen.
- Evan has to spend the rest of the day cleaning himself up. They spent most of the day walking and waiting in lines, so he’s kinda anxious of the possibility that they wasted their tickets.
- The only thing he can actually say to Connor is “so,, are we a thing now, or….??”
- Connor just calmly shrugs like “… I guess”
- They’re both screaming on the inside.
- This time, Connor falls asleep on Evan’s shoulder on the bus. Zoe answers the door to Evan lifting her sleeping brother in his arms. (He has to use his foot to ring the doorbell.)

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I wanted to draw orca and ended up drawing J54 Dipper and his mother, J28 Polaris. Dipper would have been one of the first orca I could have watched growing up, losing his yellow, getting big and strong, sprouting a tall dorsal fin… Now the only thing I can think of is that their pod is missing both of them.

SeaWorld’s final baby killer whale is born at Texas park

The last baby killer whale to be born at a SeaWorld theme park has made its debut.

The company said it welcomed its newest aqua-animal when Takara, the 25-year-old matriarch of the SeaWorld San Antonio killer whale pod, gave birth to the calf Wednesday afternoon.

Takara was already pregnant when the company in March 2016 announced that it would be ending its breeding program for killer whales, which are also known as orcas. The program had come under criticism from animal-rights activists, especially since a 2013 documentary claimed that captivity was harmful to orcas. In addition to ending the breeding program, the company said in 2015 that it would be ending its killer whale shows by 2019. (Photo: SeaWorld/AP)

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Pregnant Orca Kalia Gets Stuck in a Gate at Seaworld San Diego.

Let me give everyone a breakdown of what’s wrong with this situation. We’ll start with the basics.

  • Kalia is pregnant. She was impregnated via Artificial Insemination (forced manual breeding) at the age of 8 years old. Studied wild populations typically have females who do not become pregnant until around age 15, rarely but occasionally a couple of years younger or older. 8 years old is an unusual and potentially dangerous age to impregnate a female.
  • In the video (fast forward to around 2 minutes), Kalia becomes stuck in the automatically closing gates. As you see, the gate is coming down on her around her midsection, putting potentially dangerous pressure on her unborn calf. As if her being a pregnant juvenile isn’t dangerous enough, these situations are extremely alarming.
  • I’m confused as to why there was no trainers that felt that this was not a time to be alarmed and immediately act. Timing from the video, it took around a full minute for the gate to be released. That’s a long time to be trapped. Where was the panic?
  • This is an extremely concerning issue also because becoming stuck in a gate has proven to be fatal to one Orca, named Kotar, in the past. Read up on his story here. 
  • This is just an observation so it should be taken with a large grain of salt, but notice how she acts when she is released by the gates. Its almost as if she’s writhing, in pain maybe? I’m not sure if that’s it at all so don’t take it as fact, but just the way in which she reacts when she’s released formt he gate almost looks like she’s distressed.

Overall, this is an awful situation and the fact that Orcas are still able to get stuck between gates after they had an Orca DIE from this similar situation in the 90’s is very telling. Things have not changed, potentially dangerous situations have not been fixed.

The last baby killer whale born at SeaWorld gets along swimmingly with its mom. 

The last baby killer whale to be born at a SeaWorld theme park has made its debut.

The company said it welcomed its newest aqua-animal when Takara, the 25-year-old matriarch of the SeaWorld San Antonio killer whale pod, gave birth to the calf Wednesday afternoon.

Takara was already pregnant when the company in March 2016 announced that it would be ending its breeding program for killer whales, which are also known as orcas. The program had come under criticism from animal-rights activists, especially since a 2013 documentary claimed that captivity was harmful to orcas. In addition to ending the breeding program, the company said in 2015 that it would be ending its killer whale shows by 2019.

So I’m watching Orca Encounter on Facebook...

…and watching paint dry is more fun.

…it’s so PC, it physically hurts.

…I can FEEL the boredom of the audience just minutes in.

…I can hear SeaWorld’s stock price going down like ↓↓↓

…I can go on and on. But not watching this.

I’m only surprised they actually still have wetsuits on the trainers. In One Ocean I got it, because in the first few years, they were planning on re-entering waterwork, but Blackfish killed those plans. Now, in PC World, I was sure they were going to have the trainer wear shorts and a shirt, or not be seen at all, in favor of the screen.

It’s also the first time ever I’ve heard a trainer say “orca” instead of killer whale. And it’s so forced it hurts.

The only time they seemed to have the audience’s attention was when a whale jumped. Which is of course, what 99% of the audience is there for, not being lectured to or watching a documentary.. As it is now, it seems SeaWorld could just as well sell a DVD and skip the killer whale show altogether. Which is probably HSUS’ plan for the future.

When they said “Corky is offering her tail to her behaviorist Missy…” that’s when I turned off.

I can’t handle this garbage anymore. SeaWorld is dead to me.

They have shown clearly many times that they won’t defend themselves, and don’t want anyone else to defend them either.

“Sea World is closing the curtain on killer whale shows at its San Diego park next year.
The company said Monday it plans to reinvent the attraction that’s been the center of animal-cruelty claims against SeaWorld (SEAS).”

One step closer to shutting down that wretched place for good! Keep tweeting, blogging and sharing your dissatisfaction with Sea World and let’s shut down the place once and for all. This is ALL due to social media blasting Sea World and if we continue to do so they literally will be forced outta the biz.

Kind of bloody amazing what a bunch of Grrrls can do when we band together and focus our passion towards the Greater Good™. Not to be dramatic, but I think if Harry Styles told us to start a revolution and change the world- I reckon we could. Xx

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On Nov 15, 2006 one of the killer whales in the Shamu Show at Sea World in San Diego took one of the trainers on an unplanned “ride” under water. This happened two weeks before the more highly publicized accident that happened on Nov. 29, 2006. Watch the trainer who dives off of a whale to the right of the screen.

On February 20, 1991, Keltie Byrne, a trainer at Sealand of the Pacific, was killed by a group of captive Killer Whales.

Keltie was the first person to be killed by captive orcas, and sadly she wouldn’t be the last. She was only twenty years old when she passed away. Keltie was studying to be a Marine Biologist, so she decided to take up a part time job at the now defunct “Sealand of the Pacific” Marine Park in Victoria, Canada. Sealand was a very run down facility, most of the animals had make-shift habitats that were very poorly constructed. In fact, the entirety of the park was positioned in a boat Marina, where the only thing separating some of the animals from freedom was mesh netting suspended from the docks. The oceanarium had a combination of Marine Life, from small fish to Sea Lions, though the stars were undoubtedly the Killer Whales.

Throughout the years Sealand went through many orcas, but the whales that resided at the park when Keltie worked there were the females Haida and Nootka, and the infamous male orca named Tilikum. Tilikum did not get along with the other whales as orcas live in a matriarchal society. Haida and Nootka would rake Tilikum mercilessly, even after Haida established herself as the dominant female of the group.
The whales themselves preformed seven days a week every hour. One day after a Killer Whale show, Keltie was cleaning up when she accidentally slipped her foot into the pool. Before she had the chance to pull herself up she was dragged in by one of the Orcas. The alarms went off and the whales began to push her around, dunking her under the water while she screamed for help. The whole ordeal took around ten minuets, and when she finally surfaced for the last time she made no sound. She was dead.

It took workers two hours to retrieve Keltie’s body from the three whales. Sealand didn’t last long after that. In 1992 the park closed down, but not after they sold Haida, Nootka, and Tilikum to SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment.

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Marion Island killer whales showing different morphological characteristics often used to delineate the Antarctic ecotypes.

Note that male M005 “Atlas"has characteristics consistent with both Type A (medium sized eyepatch) and Type B (dorsal cape) ecotypes.

Female killer whale M014 "Scratches” has the dorsal cape and medium to large eyepatch.

Photos by Alex Terauds