orcas island:

(Drew this on the plane from Seattle)

Tilikum, a 33 year old bull orca who resides at Sea World Orlando, is notorious for causing three brutal deaths among a part-time trainer, an intruder to the park, and a senior, experienced trainer. 

He is bullied by the other orcas at the park, mainly the matriarch Katina. He is kept away from the other whales, aside from his grandson Trua, who’s father is dead and mother was separated from him at an early age and moved to Sea World San Antonio. Tilikum is often seen alone though, lifelessly floating.

Tilikum was the main focus in a recently released documentary about the treatment and events in cetacean captivity. The film has allowed many people to be exposed to what goes on behind the show and how everything began, yet is often criticized by sea world supporters and claimed to be false. Sea World itself made documents in regards to the documentary, pointing out misleading content or footage mistreatment. However, the makers of Blackfish and many other researchers debunked the “69 Things Wrong With Blackfish”, and even accused Sea World of doing what they were calling Blackfish out for (manipulating emotion of viewers, misusing research and twisting it to their advantage, using misleading footage in videos produced by them where one orca would actually be another). 

It shouldn’t take a documentary to realize how wrong cetacean captivity is, though. Tilikum is one of 51 orcas still remaining in captivity, (less than a week ago it was 52, but a bull a year younger than Tilikum passed away on August 2nd). All of them have different, shocking stories.

Don’t buy a ticket. One ticket pays for the entire industry to continue. 

Butterfly on Orcas island, off the coast of Washington

This is how you get a real experience with complex wildlife, not by disrupting them and putting them into tanks as money-making pets.

There are so many animal and environmentally friendly ways of seeing these animals in the wild, whether it be land-based watching, kayaking, or taking a tour with a reputable whale watching company that uses the least invasive and most eco-friendly methods.

There’s not need for marine parks anymore. Please make the ethical decision.

  • Seaworld: This animal is a highly intelligent, emotional creature that lives in tightly knit groups, has amazing organization with others of its kind and possesses an enormous capacity for learning and performing complex tasks.
  • Seaworld: We gon put that shit in a fishtank.

a dream come true:

they examined our cruise vessel inquisitively and played in our stern wave! <3<br>to watch these gentle giants from up close was such a beautiful once-in-a-lifetime experience! they stayed quite a while so i could enjoy the moment and still take some neat pics.
thank you for this special day, guys! stay safe.


Black wooden mythologies by zh3nya
Via Flickr:

SeaWorld, as we know it today, is over. It’s only a matter of time. The company is finished. Here’s why.

1. The SeaWorld brand is now tarnished, at best. Toxic? Likely. The brand represents the torture of whales for an increasing population of concerned citizens. If you love whales (and who doesn’t), you don’t like SeaWorld.

2. Wall Street has turned on SeaWorld. The stock is down over the last year by 45% and $1.6 billion in market cap has evaporated. You can sometimes fight City Hall, but it’s nearly impossible to fight Wall Street. And Wall Street is done with SeaWorld.

For all the reason’s about the end of SeaWorld read the full article here.


Some New Zealand orca appreciation <3

I believe these pics are split across two encounters I had, one in the beautiful Bay of Islands and the other off the stunning Whangarei coastline.

Both out on Ingrid’s research boat, so all images  © myself (Kate O’Neil) and orcaresearch.org (not to be re-used without permission)