Nobody can deny the fact that a life in captivity is not as fulfilling as a life in the wild.

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Baby L120 Presumed Dead

"The Center for Whale Research has confirmed that baby L120, only about seven weeks old and the third known offspring of a 23-year old Southern Resident orca known as L86, was not with his or her mother when she and other members of L pod were photographed recently in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research said “L86 was seen and photographed on Friday, Saturday, and Monday, all without L120.”—-Orca Network

What a sad, sad day. L120 was a spark of life for the endangered southern resident orcas, a much needed baby. My heart is heavy with this awful news.

Goodbye, L120. May you swim in peace. We shall never forget you.

(Photos by Center For Whale Research)

Rest in peace <3

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Let’s not forget that SeaWorld’s Aquatica has a slide that travels through a tank of commerson’s dolphins. 

A thrill ride for humans that goes through a tank of small, shy, easily-spooked animals. 

Let that sink in. 



if you try to excuse what marineland did to junior you are a very bad person who does not care about orcas

Wait? Someone is actually doing this? 

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tbh i want to read john hargrove’s new book but i have a feeling it’s gonna be extremely self-centered and revolve around him mostly and probably only mention the whales in passing, and i’m not about to pay $20 for that.

Every other sentence is probably like: “Takara was a very special whale to me… ME THE SENIOR WHALE TRAINER FOR 14 YEARS AT SEAWORLD.”

No doubt. But he’s got a wealth of recent dirt on this company that will undoubtedly be in this book. I can’t wait to read it.

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I looked up Killing Keiko on Amazon and the “About” reviews were written by Jack Hanna, a guy from the Georgia Aquarium, and Mark Simmons himself help I’m can’t

Dare I move onto the reviews

he reviewed his own book


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an underrated moment

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"SeaWorld never inspired me to care about animals so they must never inspire anyone"

"SeaWorld inspired me to care about animals so they must inspire everyone"

"I’m extrapolating from a single data point and so my point is invalid"

I have no doubt that some people are inspired when they go to SeaWorld. But having visited these parks many times and watched how people behave during/after shows, I can tell you that those inspired people make up an extreme minority. The vast majority of people are there for entertainment alone. They have fun at the show, check the Shamu Show off their list, and then go ride the roller coaster, not giving another thought to these animals. Or they might be inspired to become a trainer (which isn’t the same thing as inspiring them to care about cetaceans).

People who are inspired to care about wild marine mammals from watching a SeaWorld show will be just as inspired to care (in fact, probably moreso) from watching an animal documentary. Cetaceans are fascinating, intelligent animals, and SeaWorld does them a disservice by watering them down to animals who can perform cool tricks to loud rock music. The cool tricks are what people take away from these shows. They don’t leave respecting these animals as top predators. You learn more about orcas by watching two minutes of a documentary than you do when you spend a day at SeaWorld. 

I guess the question is, is it fair to the animals to keep them in captivity because a few people might become inspired to care about them after having seen them? Especially when there are other more effective, non-invasive (and cheaper) alternatives through which to provide this inspiration? The answer is no. 

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