This is a picture of a humpback that placed a seal onto its upturned belly in order to move it towards safety. When the seal started to slip off, the whale pushed it back on with its fin, then swam until the seal could get itself onto the ice.
Some researchers think the whales engage in this behavior because it’s how they protect their own calves, but they aren’t sure why they would continue the fight knowing it wasn’t another whale.
More than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are being slaughtered each year for their meat at the Cove in Taiji, Japan. Yet, the majority of the world is not aware of this happening. Be a part of the solution by signing and sharing this petition.
It’s the last place on Earth still almost entirely unspoiled by humankind. No human even set foot there until 1895. It isn’t controlled by any nation – it’s everyone’s collective responsibility to protect.
But now modern industrial fishing operations are threatening the Antarctic ecosystem by vacuuming up massive quantities of Antarctic krill.
Krill are the main food source for whales, penguins, and seals and a critical link in the global oceanic ecosystem. But after depleting the world’s oceans of fish, corporations are now scraping the bottom of the food chain – and since 1970, 80 percent of the Antarctic krill population has been wiped out.
Just because Antarctica is far away doesn’t mean it’s not important. In fact, Antarctica plays a critical ecological role in the entire global ocean ecosystem.
Antarctica is home to nearly 10,000 species, many found nowhere else. And krill are the heart of it all, providing 96 percent of the caloric needs of seasonal birds and mammals.
Destroying the base of the food chain puts everything else in danger.
Photos taken at SeaWorld Orlando that make me hate captivity even more than I did initially.
1. Pre gaming with some full body beaching action.
2. I want my mommy! Sorry kid, she’s too busy performing in the circus.
3. Chillin’ at the metal gate.
4. More gates.
5. Malia, you’re not part of the family so…
6. You either, Kayla, so just log at the surface - you’ve got nothing else to do.
7. Begging for fish/attention
8. More logging/half dead goldfish syndrome
9. Trua is huge, Tilikum is massive. The biggest circus performers on Earth.
10. Everyone line up and beg for dead frozen fish.
My photos, politely ask if you want to use them on another media site for the purpose of spreading the word. These animals are beautiful, amazing, intelligent apex predators, top fucking dog of the ocean; yet they are reduced to little more than sea circus clowns and controlled by yahoos in blue wet suits. Don’t support marine parks!
While many assume their consumption of fish only affects the fish they’re eating, a recent NPR article shows that this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Around the world abandoned or lost fishing gear is killing countless sea animals and trashing our oceans. According to Elizabeth Hogan, campaign manager with World Animal Protection, each year 640,000 tons of gear are lost and pollute the world’s oceans.
Last year, the West Coast faced 61 whale entanglements, a record high that unfortunately is likely to be broken this year. There have been 60 reports of entanglements so far this year.
Kristen Monsell, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, describes what it’s like when a whale becomes entangled in a giant fishing net:
Sometimes it can drown the whale immediately, or it can happen over weeks, because they get so tired. They eventually die of exhaustion. If the gear is in their mouths, it impedes their ability to feed. It can amputate their tails or other parts of the body. And for younger whales, the gear may wrap around them, but the whale keeps growing and it cuts into their flesh.
This issue isn’t isolated to the West Coast. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission estimates that there are more than 85,000 derelict traps in the Florida Keys, hurting 79 species and killing 630,000 lobsters each year. A similar problem is seen in the Chesapeake Bay area and along the coasts of Louisiana and Maine.
Human consumption of seafood is responsible for the deaths of thousands of whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and porpoises. In fact, The National Journal estimates that about 20 percent of all animals caught by commercial fisheries is “by-catch,” or unwanted animals swept up in massive trawling nets along with the targeted species.
The best thing we can do to remove our support from the cruel fishing industry is to leave fish off our plates and switch to a compassionate vegan diet.
Check out all the amazing vegan versions of fish and other seafood, such as Gardein’s fishless filets and crabless cakes, available nationwide. Click here for compassionate sea-inspired recipes.