orcas are dolphins

anonymous asked:

dolphins fucking suck

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“ì ͏̷w̸͝i̶͡l̴l͏͞ ̴͜f͏̀i҉n̢͘d̀͠ y̕͞o͏҉u͏̛͟
͡i̸̧͝ ̴̛w͢͝i͞l̛͠l͏ ̢̡ki̸͝l̛l ̶͏̶y̢͏ou”

I’m really tired of the idea that all zoos or exotic pet owners are terrible simply because the animal is in captivity. There are… different levels here.

There are really like 5 levels. CANNOT SURVIVE, CANNOT THRIVE, CAN THRIVE, CANNOT THRIVE WILD, and SHITTY PETKEEPER.

You’re generally upset at the first, second, and last one. We all are, if we’re like, sane.

Cannot survive are animals that are wild and literally cannot survive in captivity. They MUST be wild.

Animals like:

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The Great White Shark, the Blind Snake, and the Vaquita. All of these animals become very ill or die within hours to months of captivity. They cannot survive long term.

Next is CANNOT THRIVE. Animals that have much too large space requirements, social requirements, or enrichment needs cannot thrive in captivity. Like:

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Orca, Dolphins, Elephants (both African and Asian), and big cats. These guys often exhibit stereotypical behaviors in captivity settings. Most have shortened life spans, increased aggression, or social misunderstandings. Their needs can’t be met. A whales or elephants need for a large, uninterrupted family that hunts and travels together isn’t going to work in a tank or pen. They’re too complex to me kept correctly and ethically.

Next is CAN THRIVE. These guys are great! They can have all of their needs met and often have lengthened lifespans in captivity. They do not display stereotypical behaviors and are interested and active in their environment to the degree the animal needs. A bonus is these cuties are also often endangered species and receive a bolster from captive breeding. Yay! Animals like!:

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Scimitar Horned Orxy, most hoofstock, most lizards, most snakes, clownfish, wild betta, gourami, a lot of fish, and some smaller songbirds! They can reproduce, thrive, interact, and be healthy in captivity in the correct setting.

CANNOT THRIVE WILD animals are domestics! They’ve been bred and adapted to life with human beings. Animals like:

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Pigeons, reindeer, cattle, dogs, cats, betta splendens! These guys are hardwired to thrive with human beings. Feral pigeons do much better in captive care than in the wild. They often starve in cities and produce that acidy poo, which doesn’t happen to a healthy pigeon in captivity. They cannot and should not be released into the wild.

SHITTY PET OWNERS. Yeah. Those assholes, or those uneducated newbies (or oldies) that haven’t done research on the animal’s needs. Animals like:

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Ball pythons, betta splendens, hamsters, mice… really anything, can be abused in captivity. While domestic (or occasionally exotic), they do not have their needs met. Sometimes the needs are laughably easy and sometimes incredibly difficult! The animal can survive and thrive in captivity under the correct care, but correct care must be given.

So, tl;dr: not all zoos are bad. Animals are put in categories in captivity. Do your research, and happy petkeeping, zoogoing, and animal welfare fighting!!

We’ve noticed many of you are worried about Levi’s happiness living at the Center; regarding that topic, we’d like to make it clear that he is not sad or unhappy living here, and he’s expressed his satisfaction with the facility so far. He eats well and plenty, we take care of his health, he’s not experimented on or forced to perform, and all we do with him for research is let him show us how his culture and how his anatomy works compared to ours in any way he feels comfortable, he tells us about how merfolk’s socity works, and he simply lives with us and everything it implies, like holidays and celebrations. Some day, maybe he’ll return, who knows… With Eren around it’s hard to tell. But he likes being here.

Of course, he can’t exactly always go outside, since not all humans are as nice as we are to merfolk, and he can only stay out for up to 2 hours without diving in. But we do wheel him around the facilities and he visits his neighbors from time to time. Usually he plays with the dolphins, orcas, seals and otters. However, and very few know about this, we have a new resident at the Center!

We’ve been keeping an eye around the area where he was found, and a few weeks ago, we found a case like him. We found her washed up and badly roughed up, we don’t know yet what happened to her, but Levi’s trying to convince her that we’re not gonna hurt her, and that she can trust us. Difficult, since she doesn’t even really trust Levi yet… She won’t answer questions, but Levi will. So if you have questions for her, he’ll try his best to pass the message if she feels like replying. 

What we’ve learned so far: we can call her “Mikasa”, she’s apparently from the same bloodline and original pod as Levi’s but they didn’t know each other, and she doesn’t like salmon as much as Levi does.