fortheloveoforca

fortheloveoforca:

weird-amphibious-dolphin:

peace-love-whales:

Hundreds of Japanese officials and pro-whaling lobbyists have eaten whale in defiance of a international court ruling that ordered the country to stop its Antarctic whaling program.

Some “research,” huh?

I’m usually not this hateful but I hope someone choked on it

^^^ lol

That’s thoroughly disgusting. No, Japan. We’re not against your whaling because whales are “cute” and “smart”. We’re against it because if we simply allowed you to have at it, and have a whale hunting free for all for your dining pleasure…erm…pardon me "scientific research" you would hunt and harvest species into extinction within two or three hunting seasons, mark my words. 

That awesome moment when one of my former coworkers that I’m friends with on Facebook sends me a message asking me if I can tell her more about orcas and captivity, and that she keeps hearing about Blackfish and if I recommend it, and had I seen it. 

I’m always sharing and posting articles about the fight against captivity, little tidbits of facts. I try not to post more than one thing every other day so I’m not bombarding my friends and family with it (they all know its a passion of mine, but I don’t want to harass their newsfeed).

Its just a REALLY awesome feeling to know that not only has someone been reading the stuff I share, but someone who didn’t really know anything about the cause one way or the other has been reading it, and is really interested in the cause and wants to know more. It makes me feel like…yeah I am making a difference. I am helping to spread the word. 

It’s a good feeling.

fortheloveoforca

fortheloveoforca:

cetacean-captivity:

Ok but let’s talk about Sea World Gold Coast for a second

In my opinion, this is probably the best bottlenose dolphin habitat in the world, only possibly surpassed by Anthony’s Key. SWGC (who is not in anyway related to SW in the states) holds 47 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins and one Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphin. 

The entire show pool, including slideouts and shallow areas, is over 200ft long! If that’s not impressive enough, the deep part of this pool is about 150ft long, making it roughly the same size as A pool in SWC. Judging by the astonishing height their dolphins get in this pool, I would think it also has to be just as deep (36ft). Two of the back pools appear deeper than the show pool and one of the back pools also appears larger. Even the smallest and shallowest back pool is about 100ft by 50ft! That’s around the size of SWC’s dolphin show pool! 

The habitat is filled with natural seawater and the deep parts appear to be growing a rather thick bed of seaweed. Though there is no UV, the above water viewing is spectacular. If the natural beauty of the lagoon wasn’t enough entertainment for you, some of the dolphins have taken to starting games of fetch with the guests in this area. 

Their training method appears extremely advanced and they even perform high energy waterwork. I watched part of a swim with session on youtube and throughout the entire 10mins I watched, the trainer was never near primary yet the dolphin cooperated perfectly. 

If you ask me, this should be the average size of all bottlenose dolphin habitats, if not the minimum. 

Scrolling along and was like…thats Australia! Yeah even though i disagree with any cetacean captivity, SW Gold Coast enclosures are pretty good!

I don’t care how big it is, or how state of the art it is. Research supports that dolphins do not thrive in captivity, and no matter how posh their habitats appear to us, they’re still nothing compared to the size of the ocean. Not to mention the fact that they’re still being forced to perform circus tricks for the entertainment of tourists. No thanks.

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Anonymous asked:

people say Visser is a bad scientist because she encourages whales to approach her boats when she goes out into the water

askmewhyisupportblackfish answered:

Well ok, I see how that’s kind of bad. But it is ultimately the whales choice, right? (Correct me if I’m wrong) she doesn’t make them come to the boat? I don’t think that makes her a bad scientist.

betheirvoiceseathechange:

starlightprism:

betheirvoiceseathechange:

askmewhyisupportblackfish:

betheirvoiceseathechange:

Some people think if she was a true scientist she would study her subjects without interfering and that’s the issue they have with her. I agree to a certain extent but gosh killer whales are so interactive and responsive to people it’s really hard not to - I think she still learns about them and from them regardless of her interactions or not!

Exactly! At least she isn’t jumping in a swimming with them. THAT would make her a bad scientist.

She does swim with them!! Lol you should watch the show on her doing it! She doesn’t try to touch them or get in their way she’s seeing what they’re like under water.

If you ask me, in my non-professional opinion… Going into the water with them is probably one of the best ways to learn about them. After all, they spend 80% of their time underwater. Most of what they do is underwater. When Visser went swimming with them, she learned that a large portion of the NZ orca diet is stingrays, something we probably wouldn’t have learned without going in the water.

I completely 110% agree with you :)

There is a huge difference between a scientist getting into the ocean to observe (without disrupting) a pod of orcas for the sake of research, and a SeaWorld trainer climbing onto an orca’s back and riding him around like he’s a surf board while a crowd of people cheer and “Rock You Like A Hurricane” blasts from 5 different angles. If you can’t see the difference, then you should go back to school for a basic education.

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adviceforvegans:

Attention everyone who watched Blackfish and was horrified by the cruelty!

It’s not just SeaWorld. ALL captive orca facilities need to be boycotted. Pictured above is every captive orca facility in the world. Allow me to elaborate about each. Going from top to bottom-

1. Kamogawa Sea World. (Not affiliated with SeaWorld the USA company.) Specifically, the whale you see watching his tank mate is called Oscar. Oscar was separated from his captive family because they believed he was too rough with them. So every day he would push himself onto the slide out to watch over his tank mates as shown above. He died earlier this year, after spending months and months alone. 

2. Loro Parque. Do you remember Loro Parque being mentioned in Blackfish? The inexperienced facility that had one of their trainers killed by Keto? Well this is it. The orca you see is Tekoa. Tekoa is an extremely submissive whale and as a result of cramped conditions, he is repeatedly bullied by the two dominant females at the facility. In fact, he is so badly bullied that in ordinary circumstances, he almost appears to be stripy in appearance due to his excessive rake marks. As you can see from the picture above, his health has taken a turn for the worst and he is now emaciated. 

3. Marineland Antibes. This facility is often mistaken for being one of the better captive orca facilities but do not be fooled. The tank may be large compared to other facilities but when compared to the ocean as it is in the above picture, you can see it for what it is. Orcas swim 100 miles per day but with a tank that’s only 210ft long, they would have to swim 2,514 circles just to reach their wild counter part’s. Not only that but when reading reviews of the park, it is often remarked as disgustingly dirty and outdated. 

4. Marineland Ontario Kiska lives alone after SeaWorld took her only companion back. She no longer performs in shows but rather than giving her stimulation, her trainers leave her to make her own entertainment. This video explains more about where she lives than a thousand words could.

5. Miami SeaQuarium. A lot of people believe this image is photoshopped or that there must be another tank that Lolita goes to when she’s not performing. But unfortunately, this is not the case. She’s lived there for 43 after she was stolen in the Penn Cove capture. She’s not seen her own species in over a decade.

6. Mundo Marino. That’s Kshamenk. He’s a young adult male orca. He’s sexually frustrated, aggressive, unenthusiastic and is fed a diet of fish when in the wild he would consume small mammals. The tank you see above is where he spends the vast majority of his time with a few dolphins. His performing tank is not that much bigger.

7. Port Of Nagoya Aquarium. Just like Marineland Antibes, this facility is often mistaken for being one of the better ones and on the surface, it probably is the lesser of evils. However, when you look deeper, you’re faced with the reality. Port Of Nagoya, like a lot of facilities, obtains their animals from the Taiji killing cove. If you do not know what this is, please view the documentary The Cove.

8. Holding pen in Russia. The whale above, Narnia, is just one of 8 orcas who were captured in Russia. Most facilities pride themselves on the fact that they do not allow live captures but this is not one of them. Currently, Narnia and her pen mates do not have a facility to go to so they are sat in a small holding pen until it’s built. Some are to be sent to China whilst others will stay in Russia. All were torn from their parents.

So please don’t just be angry about SeaWorld. Be angry at captivity as a whole! Boycott it. Sign petitions. Protest. Tell your friends. Tell your family. Allow yourself to be angry because orca captivity is a barbaric atrocity and it ALL needs to end. 

Please spread the word and keep all 52 captive orcas in your thoughts.

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betheirvoiceseathechange:

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bigcatawareness:

faptomyglass:

this is why I want one of these lol.. or a savannah cat would be cool too

Except neither a Savannah or especially a serval would make a good pet. They are aggressive, destructive, and have needs far beyond some housecat. Wild animals are not pets.

^^^^

i wanted to add something to this - i have a normal domesticated cat and she is extremely destructive! she climbs on everything and knocks all of my things down, if i keep a glass of water by my bedside you can guarantee you’ll be splashed in the face by it during the middle of the night. why on EARTH would you want a wild cat!?!? they do NOT make good pets.

I just watched a documentary the other night called The Elephant In The Room (its on Netflix for those interested) and its about people who own wild animals as pets, and wow was it eye opening to so many things. Not only do they pose threats to public safety and their owners (I don’t care if you raise them “by hand” they are not domesticated animals, and never will be) but the animals live pretty shitty lives. So many of them are dumped once they reach adulthood because the owners cannot handle them any longer. A wild animal has very specific needs once it reaches it’s sexual maturity, and its not like you can just spay or neuter these because most of the time they are owned illegally so good luck finding a vet that will perform surgery on them, let alone treat them if they fall ill. It’s also sad because finding a living situation for them once they can no longer be cared for by their owners is next to impossible. Zoos will not take them because its too risky health wise for their own animals, and the rehab sanctuaries across the country are over saturated and have no room as it is (because of nitwits like ^^ who see a photo of one and think HOW COOL I MUST GO GET ONE!!!!!) so they are either euthanized, or their irresponsible owners simply release them to the wild where they then cause havoc and 9 times out of 10 are caught by animal control and put to sleep as well. It’s the most selfish thing in the world to bring a wild animal into your home because you think they’re “cute”. It goes right back to that selfish “because I like something I need to own it” mentality that really sickens me. If you really cared about the animal, and loved it, you’d understand that you would never be able to provide everything it needs. Ample room to run, and roam, the ability to hunt instead of be handed it’s meals, existing in nature, and living with it’s own species. You want something to pet and cuddle? Go to the shelter and get a domesticated cat. Lord knows there are enough of them out there that are in desperate need of a home. Stop thinking that every animal that’s cute and fluffy needs to hang out with you on the couch while you watch TV. Seriously.

betheirvoiceseathechange:

betheirvoiceseathechange:

bigcatawareness:

faptomyglass:

this is why I want one of these lol.. or a savannah cat would be cool too

Except neither a Savannah or especially a serval would make a good pet. They are aggressive, destructive, and have needs far beyond some housecat. Wild animals are not pets.

^^^^

i wanted to add something to this - i have a normal domesticated cat and she is extremely destructive! she climbs on everything and knocks all of my things down, if i keep a glass of water by my bedside you can guarantee you’ll be splashed in the face by it during the middle of the night. why on EARTH would you want a wild cat!?!? they do NOT make good pets.

I just watched a documentary the other night called The Elephant In The Room (its on Netflix for those interested) and its about people who own wild animals as pets, and wow was it eye opening to so many things. Not only do they pose threats to public safety and their owners (I don’t care if you raise them “by hand” they are not domesticated animals, and never will be) but the animals live pretty shitty lives. So many of them are dumped once they reach adulthood because the owners cannot handle them any longer. A wild animal has very specific needs once it reaches it’s sexual maturity, and its not like you can just spay or neuter these because most of the time they are owned illegally so good luck finding a vet that will perform surgery on them, let alone treat them if they fall ill. It’s also sad because finding a living situation for them once they can no longer be cared for by their owners is next to impossible. Zoos will not take them because its too risky health wise for their own animals, and the rehab sanctuaries across the country are over saturated and have no room as it is (because of nitwits like ^^ who see a photo of one and think HOW COOL I MUST GO GET ONE!!!!!) so they are either euthanized, or their irresponsible owners simply release them to the wild where they then cause havoc and 9 times out of 10 are caught by animal control and put to sleep as well. It’s the most selfish thing in the world to bring a wild animal into your home because you think they’re “cute”. It goes right back to that selfish “because I like something I need to own it” mentality that really sickens me. If you really cared about the animal, and loved it, you’d understand that you would never be able to provide everything it needs. Ample room to run, and roam, the ability to hunt instead of be handed it’s meals, existing in nature, and living with it’s own species. You want something to pet and cuddle? Go to the shelter and get a domesticated cat. Lord knows there are enough of them out there that are in desperate need of a home. Stop thinking that every animal that’s cute and fluffy needs to hang out with you on the couch while you watch TV. Seriously.

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betheirvoiceseathechange:

nahwitti:

betheirvoiceseathechange:

themidnightclub:

sayonaraseaworld:

caitlindonahueeee:

Best day ever

Maybe for one of you.  I guess that’s all that matters, though.

burn.

Not enough ice in the world

Sorry, but THIS is exactly the behavior some of us have been criticizing. What did this girl do to deserve your hate? As far as I can see her blog isn’t even cetacean related. She just posted a holiday picture. And no, because of things like this I’m not sorry for sayonaraseaworld being gone. Because this behavior makes the anticap community look bad.

My hate? I never said anything hateful. And some people need to know that supporting marine parks is wrong because the animals aren’t having as good a time as the paying customer. Sayonara Seaworld didn’t post anything disrespectful or hateful. This is tumblr, everything is open and ready for people to see- no it doesn’t mean you can go around shitting on people’s things but there was nothing mean and hurtful by saying the whale probably wasn’t having as good a time as the person. this is exactly what starts it is people like you blowing things out of proportion. And yeah, we said it was a burn. So sorry for that I suppose! and just so you know I’ve been called many names including a CUNT for posting my opinion on animals, and I have never name called ANYONE on here, pro cap or anti cap, or neutral.

That person wants to talk about what that girl did to deserve hate? How about what did that whale do to deserve a life of suffering? Being forced to perform menial tasks, being torn away from it’s natural settings, or being boring into a chlorinated tank and never having even glimpsed the ocean, which is where it so rightfully belongs. People need to stop being so selfish and always making it about the humans involved. Always seeing the people, always talking about how it effects themselves, or the PEOPLE in the picture. They never put the animals first, and that’s what really saddens me the most. That’s great that she’s having an awesome day, and smiling. Its not so great that she’s clueless about the suffering that went on to provide her that awesome day. Maybe someday she will.

betheirvoiceseathechange:

nahwitti:

betheirvoiceseathechange:

themidnightclub:

sayonaraseaworld:

caitlindonahueeee:

Best day ever

Maybe for one of you.  I guess that’s all that matters, though.

burn.

Not enough ice in the world

Sorry, but THIS is exactly the behavior some of us have been criticizing. What did this girl do to deserve your hate? As far as I can see her blog isn’t even cetacean related. She just posted a holiday picture. And no, because of things like this I’m not sorry for sayonaraseaworld being gone. Because this behavior makes the anticap community look bad.

My hate? I never said anything hateful. And some people need to know that supporting marine parks is wrong because the animals aren’t having as good a time as the paying customer. Sayonara Seaworld didn’t post anything disrespectful or hateful. This is tumblr, everything is open and ready for people to see- no it doesn’t mean you can go around shitting on people’s things but there was nothing mean and hurtful by saying the whale probably wasn’t having as good a time as the person. this is exactly what starts it is people like you blowing things out of proportion. And yeah, we said it was a burn. So sorry for that I suppose! and just so you know I’ve been called many names including a CUNT for posting my opinion on animals, and I have never name called ANYONE on here, pro cap or anti cap, or neutral.

That person wants to talk about what that girl did to deserve hate? How about what did that whale do to deserve a life of suffering? Being forced to perform menial tasks, being torn away from it’s natural settings, or being boring into a chlorinated tank and never having even glimpsed the ocean, which is where it so rightfully belongs. People need to stop being so selfish and always making it about the humans involved. Always seeing the people, always talking about how it effects themselves, or the PEOPLE in the picture. They never put the animals first, and that’s what really saddens me the most. That’s great that she’s having an awesome day, and smiling. Its not so great that she’s clueless about the suffering that went on to provide her that awesome day. Maybe someday she will.