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.
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.
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.