the-blackfish

anonymous asked:

Can you recommend some sea documentaries? I've seen blackfish

  • The Cove
  • Eco-Pirate The Story of Paul Watson (I just rewatched this and it’s a must-see)
  • SharkWater
  • Ocean Giants
  • The Whale
  • Blackfish
  • Oceans
  • Planet ocean
  • Mission Blue
  • Blue planet

There’s so many more but I can’t open netflix to look at the moment so maybe i’ll edit this later. You can also just search for “sea/whale/dolphin whatever documentary” on youtube and there’s some, I’ve watched a bunch on there as well.

Oh and I also stumbled across this cute little cafe that was really anti-cap and was selling Death At SeaWorld and Beneath The Surface (John Hargrove’s book?), plus had loads of anti-cap info and posters pinned up around the cafe. It made me very happy and I wanted to return there forever.

anonymous asked:

Quick question. How is veganism correlated to seaworld?

‘veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practical, all forms of exploitation and cruelty to animals for food, clothing or any other purpose’

keeping animals in captivity is exploitation for entertainment which is what seaworld and other places like some zoos do, dolphins and orcas are extremely intelligent and are meant to be swimming hundreds of kilometers in their lives, not circling pools and doing tricks so these corporations can make money :) watch the blackfish documentary, it’s on youtube x

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i love how the literal exact day blackfish was released is the literal exact day seaworld’s stock began to plummet from its historical peak never to recover, losing 53% of its value over the course of two years

anonymous asked:

You do realize by banning the captivity of sea mammals , the ones that are unable to be returned to nature due to imprinting,injury ,etc are doomed to die... Good job buddy you totally "saved the whales"

You do realize that I’ve posted about a hundred times about how we’re not throwing them back in the ocean, right? Or did you miss that somewhere? They are not imprinted on people they’re not geese. NONE of them can be returned to the wild. NONE OF THEM.  (Did you even read the text on the petition? The part where it says it is to ban captivity for /entertainment and performance/ purposes?)

1. Most of the orca currently in captivity have broken teeth which need to be cleaned daily or else they will get infections and die. And by broken teeth I mean, literally gone, some of these animals have almost no teeth left and are worn to the gums because they’ve chewed metal and concrete out of boredom and stress. The roots of their teeth have been drilled out. They CANNOT be released into the wild due to needing to now rely on human care.

2. The Cetaceans in captivity now mostly number in captive born animals who are almost all hybrids of ecotypes that do not mix in the wild.

(See larger: HERE )

Text and advice by Robert L. Pitman, illustration and design by Uko Gorter.

What you do not understand is that Orca are not all one species. At marine parks, like SeaWorld specifically, the orca are hybridized so much that they are not natural creatures anymore. Their hybrid types do NOT exist in the wild and even if they were in perfect health (which they are not) it would not be wise to release them. Not only that, there are a few that are also inbred.

3. Their social structures are abysmal. Orca learn from their families how to be orca, kinda like how humans learn how to be human from their families and other humans. Imagine you’ve lived in a room your whole life, with strangers who speak a different language. You can sort of communicate, gesture things out but largely you don’t understand anything. You were old enough to know your native tongue, and probably the family you came from too. But young enough that being raised in this room with no change and almost nothing to entertain yourself with has left you incapable of socializing with other people. Much in this way, the orcas in captivity are often moved around and split up, their family units don’t really exist. Many don’t know how to be what they are, as evidenced by young orca sent away from their mothers and then bred, where they fail miserably at raising their own young.  These animals do not know how to be orca, they only know what they’ve learned- which is to be violent, defensive, and often dangerous creatures born from boredom. They are not often given toys, which consist of what looks like trashed plastic bits.

4. The orca are largely psychotic. From their boredom, they have become dangerous- Something wild orca are not. In a hypothetical world where say, a group of these orcas managed to stay together and were also healthy, but still had them mental issues and lack of social behavior wild orca have, would you really want a group of orcas notorious for being violent to go wild, and raise their own calves in the wild with the same things they’ve learned? Because they would probably teach the next generations what they know, and they know very little. They cannot be released properly, not even with training. They are sick.


5. The orca are all sick, ALL OF THEM. Whether it is physical or mental, they are all suffering from something and most seem to be heavily medicated on things like Valium to control their behavior. They are violent with one another and often with people, unpredictably so. Even the very first, real Shamu attacked a woman in the water with her and bit her. Several have tried to drown trainers in the water or nipped at them, or lunged at them. Two different orca are known to have killed people- Tilikum (3 known deaths) and Keto (1 known death)! In the wild, orca are peaceful creatures and have never attacked humans. There is only a single case where an orca mistook the identity of a surfer and bit the person, but let go immediately. We’re not even sure it /was/ an orca. The same can not be said for the captive orca. If they were free, there is a chance they could even go after people. (This is all hypothetical on that note since they can’t be free anyway.)


6. So what then, to do with the cetaceans in captivity if we can’t let them go? Well, first of all, that petition states clearly that it is banning captivity for the purposes of /entertainment/ and /performances/. Which means we would be, if we could get the parks to comply, moving the orca to places where they can retire to- Large sea pens made up of coves, sea sanctuaries situated around privately purchased islands (You can buy an island for less than a college education, sometimes frighteningly cheap). Our goal is to retire the orca to a place where they can still receive human care for their many, many health issues, but also feel the natural waves of the real ocean.

One goal /idea we have in mind is, if we managed to get one such large enough private island, to make a large natural tank as a half-way house and rehabilitation tank like Keiko had, to slowly rehabilitate individuals in groups to the natural temperatures and climates. Later they could be moved to the larger sea pens and have free reign of where they want to go and when. The only thing they would need to be trained to do is come to call when medical checks are needed. No more tricks, no more jumping on command to amuse people.

The point here is, we anti-caps know that we cannot release these animals into the wild. Many of them are so mentally gone, like Keet, who only floats on his side and blows bubbles all day long, that there would be little hope of a true wild release. No indeed, as sad as it is, they deserve to be retired to sea pens to live out whats left of their lives. (They would be put on birth control to prevent more captive born animals, too.) The facilities built for them would not just be for orca either. Dolphins and pinipeds also need help too! And other cetaceans. It could be a marine rehabilitation station, and even an on-site museum to teach visitors real facts about the animals and why they are there.


7. There are only 2 orca in captivity that we have access to that we can even remotely have a shot at rehabilitating for release. Those are Lolita (Tokitae) and Morgan. Both are wild caught. Tokitae’s family is well known- Within very educated guesses we can be reasonably sure we even know who her mother is, she’s still alive. We know for sure her family is around too. With a little help, Morgan could also be rehabilitated so long as her teeth have not been broken.

Recently, several orca were captured in Russia and many sold- There is almost nothing we can do to help them due to country laws, besides spread awareness of their existence. So, for all but two orca, we need to retire them to sea pens.

and the sea pen area proposed for Morgan:

Similarly, such cove or island areas would work just as well for non releasable cetaceans, who would be ambassadors of their kind the same way birds of prey with permanently injured wings cannot be released but instead can be used to teach visitors. At a sea sanctuary there would be no more lies like SeaWorld has told people for years.

Other proposed artist renditions of such sanctuary facilities are like the one shown in orcazine:

Except orcas aren’t the only ones who need help, of course! All cetaceans, pinipeds and other injured marine life should benefit from such a facility. So yes, thanks, ‘buddy’ we /are/ doing something to save the whales from the monotonous, endless circling of their featureless barren tanks where the only choice of the day is ‘do I swim clockwise or counterclockwise today? Or maybe I’ll just float at the surface, not much else to do between shows.’

It can be extremely irritating when people continuously assume that we, the folks desperately trying to educate the masses about whats going on at marine parks, get snotty or assume we mean to throw these poor sick animals in the ocean with no rehabilitation or training. I should think it obvious that we do not mean, nor have we ever, suggested that we should release the cetaceans into the wild.

Nor can the animals at all anyway, be released into the wild. This is a solid, 100% undeniable fact. Yes it’s sad. But being in a sea pen is better than a concrete tank that isn’t deeper than some of the orca are long! Stop trying to find reasons to selfishly keep these animals imprisoned in tanks that are too small to support one, let alone several of these gentle giants.

When the show is over, you get to go home. The orca do not have that luxury. They don’t get time off, for the most part. Some of these animals have been in shows their whole lives at this point. Its time for us to make things right.

The sheer number of messages I get about ‘WE CANT RELEASE THE WHALES THEY’RE GONNA DIE’ tells me that people. A. care about the whales.

B. Are not reading the message at the top of my blog where you click to send an ask that reads, clearly, thus:

Ask me anything! Before you ask, no, we do not want to release the captive cetaceans into the wild, they would die. They have health risks which make it impossible for them to survive. What we want is to retire them to a large Sea Pen or private island waters/Sanctuary, netted off from the ocean. They need vital human care due to their illnesses and broken teeth! We want to RETIRE them, not RELEASE them. Thank you for reading!

You literally can’t miss it guys! Its RIGHT THERE!

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Junior was captured in Iceland in 1984 at age 2. Junior spent his first two years post-capture in Saedyrasafnid, Iceland. At the end of 1986, he went to Marineland of Ontario in Canada. Marineland has a nasty little secret, which is a warehouse within their park.

Junior in his tiny tank in the warehouse.

They also house sea lions and seals in their warehouse.

Another tank in the warehouse at Marineland Canada. Phil Demers on Twitter.

They used small pools inside the warehouse to store animals that aren’t suitable for display, animals that were for sale, or animals they just wanted to keep out of sight.  Some sources say Keiko was also kept inside this warehouse, as well as Kanduke (a transient bull orca that died at SeaWorld) however, they were purchased by other parks. Junior was not so “lucky” and because he was not a star performer, he stayed in the warehouse, with no sunlight, no fresh air, no activity and no killer whale companion… until he eventually died there, alone, in 1994, at the age of 10.

“They kept him for four years like that, without normal stimulation and without sunlight,” says Cara Sands, just out of film school in 1990 when she began filming Junior, which she did periodically until his death in 1994. “When I first saw him, he was a young whale, curious, spirited and following me around the pool.

“Near the end, he was lethargic, very beat up and just floating. He faced the wall away from me and didn’t move his dorsal fin. He just rolled over and opened his mouth. This whale was completely broken, his spirit was gone.”

They also kept a “retired” dolphin in the tank with him at one point, apparently (this is an opinion of other animal rights activists) he was too ugly to be used in shows. Marineland continuously denied Junior’s entire existence, and denies any mistreatment of their animals. This is blatant animal cruelty, and although this is an older story - marine parks have not changed their mindset on these animals. If I’m not mistaken, a few of the Russian orca that were captured in the last three years were kept in a hidden “warehouse” tank, and are now in a marine park with no access to sunlight, or fresh air. Junior’s story is just going to repeat itself with the continued support of cetacean captivity.

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