zeldathemes
Keep an ocean mind.
22 year old whale lover.
I'm here to show why cetacean captivity for entertainment is cruel and outdated, as well as general ocean and ocean critter stuff. Check out my "Informational Posts" (link on the right) for sourced information on why captivity is inherently abusive to cetaceans!
Adoptive mama to J35 Tahlequah
Kiska, Keiko, Gudrun, & Toki ♥

fightingforwhales:

ablackwell97:

Where is the uproar? Where is PETA and other “animal activists”? Where are the celebrities trying to raise awareness about this? Oh that’s right, they are all advocating against SeaWorld, a place where the animals are well taken care of, are healthy and thriving. Meanwhile, the Southern Resident Orca population is at 78 individuals and is showing no signs of increase. They have not successfully produced a calf since 2012 and are expected to go extinct within our life time, but no one seems to care. The animal activists do not care if the well being of wild orcas, they care about publicity. Also, let’s talk about life expectancy with these two orcas. Lulu was a 37 year old female. If life expectancy is 80-100 for females like the “activists” claim, why didn’t she make it to that point? Indigo was a 13 year old male, he didn’t reach is life expectancy. But it doesn’t agree with the “activist’s” agenda, so they want to ignore it and pretend like it doesn’t matter, so it doesn’t weaken their case. The sad truth is that there will not be orcas in the wild soon. With over fishing, pollution, and human harassment in the form of whale watching boats, these animals are beyond stressed and they are on the decline. Within the next few generations, aquariums and marine parks are going to be the only places you can see orcas.

Holy shit. I, and many others, posted about this yesterday. Nobody is ignoring it, but thanks for lying and pretending we’re all a bunch of morons. Nice one.

First, what the HELL kind of educated person claims that the life-span of females is 80-100? No, friend, that is the maximum. Nobody who’s even remotely educated on the topic claims this, so don’t you dare try to make sweeping statements like this.

Lulu was 37 and it’s a damn shame she didn’t make it to the average of 50. Same with Indigo. None of us ever claim that every single wild orca will make it to Granny-status. It’s the wild. They get sick. Sometimes they die earlier than they are supposed to. It happens. But it’s NOT the norm.

Second, wild orcas not going to disappear anytime soon. That claim is complete trash and you know it. It’s very possible that the southern residents will die out within our lifetime, but they ARE NOT INDICATIVE OF THE WORLD ORCA POPULATION. Have you forgotten that orcas are one of the most widespread mammals on the planet? Have you forgotten that there’s an estimated 70,000 in Antarctica alone? So take that garbage claim and put it back wherever you pulled it out of.

And last, don’t you DARE say that we don’t care about wild orcas. That is an insult to everyone in this community and you know it’s not true.

youresuchatwat:

Animal welfare activists have long advocated for elephants held captive in zoos to be retired to sanctuaries that more closely resemble their natural habitat — but the idea is finally gaining more widespread support.

Following the premature death of an elephant at a zoo in Washington state last week, the Seattle Times published a scathing editorial labeling the animal’s premature passing “tragic” and “preventable,” attributable, perhaps, to the rigors of decades of captivity. Watoto, an African elephant, was only 45 years old when she fell ill and was euthanized at the Woodland Park Zoo; her species often lives to age 60 in the wild.

Two other elephants remain at the zoo, and there’s talk of more being added, though Watoto’s death has sparked a larger discussion about whether any should be there at all.

The Seattle Times has called upon the Woodland Park Zoo, and others throughout the region, to “get out of the elephant business.” This isn’t a kneejerk position, rather one that takes into account the fact that “growing evidence suggests that keeping the world’s largest land mammals in confined spaces, in inappropriate climates, is harmful to their health.”

Captive elephants are typically considered among the most appealing attractions at zoos across the country, which might make the newspaper’s stance seem out of touch with popular opinion. But in an online poll published on Tuesday asking whether Woodland Park Zoo’s remaining two elephants should remain there, or be moved to live out their days on a sanctuary, the results so far have been overwhelming.

As of 5:30 p.m. EST Tuesday, a whopping 1,607 votes have been cast in favor of moving the elephants, while only 148 are in support of keeping them at the zoo. 

Click here to see the latest poll results or to add your vote. 

While the poll is representative of a small sample size relating to a regional debate, it does hint that sentiments regarding holding large, intelligent animals captive may be changing more broadly. 

Vote!  Vote!  Vote!   If enough people speak up, maybe Chai and Bamboo will able to go live at TES or PAWS.  It’s not unheard of for zoos to donate their elephants to the sanctuaries once they realize they can’t give them the lives they deserve.  So, let’s make WPZ realize it!

caong:

tokitaee:

theincredibleorca:

cute-whales:

making-a-connection:

d3lphinapterus:

Jane Goodall is coming to speak at my school next month and I feel like I should ask her a question during the Q&A section but I have no idea what I would say

"why don’t you support the vancouver aquariums if you’ve studied captive animals"…

Aquarium are different. Most, if not all, marine parks do nothing for conservation for the very animals that are on their logos. And their contribution to rescue, rehab is poor if not abysmal. There’s a huge reason that a person would consider approving of and supporting certain zoos and aquaria, but refuse and boycott others. It’s not and never has been a black and white issue, so why you would ask this question to anyone (as if they were all the same) is kind of silly and almost provocative

There’s also the matter of how different animals do in captivity. Plenty of people who enjoy zoos and aquariums don’t support keeping certain animals (such as cetaceans and elephants) in captivity. Jane Goodall is one of these people. She’s not opposed to keeping chimps in a quality captive facility (she even visited the Houston Zoo when they opened that great new chimp exhibit) but she does oppose the keeping of cetaceans. Taking equal facility quality into account, some animals do better in captivity than others.

Edit: There’s also another matter, that many places with dolphin exhibits put more focus on entertainment than education. It’s rare to visit a place holding dolphins that doesn’t offer some kind of flashy show or “dolphin encounter” where guests can swim with or train dolphins.

^^^^^ All of that. Shit, why is it so hard for people to comprehend that certain species do not do well in captivity and should be left alone in their natural habitat? ESPECIALLY when held captive, the space they’re forced to live in is barren, small, and more like a prison than a habitat. Turn on your brains people. seriously.

So there’s the potential for this person to talk to one of the world’s most renowned primatologists who works with the Nonhuman Rights Project and has done incredible amounts of conservation and animal rights work and the only questions you guys can think to postulate is asking this remarkable scientist why she doesn’t support cetacean captivity when it’s kind of blatantly obvious why :l

caong I’d like to take the liberty of answering that tag, YES they do this to every scientist„ because any scientist that’s worth anything realizes that these animals do poorly in captivity and do not condone it. The only scientists pro caps actually respect are the ones that get paid butt loads of money by SeaWorld.

Algonquin is so beautiful!

  #algonquin    #camping    #nature    #landscape    #lake    #canoe    #pretty  

theincredibleorca:

cute-whales:

making-a-connection:

d3lphinapterus:

Jane Goodall is coming to speak at my school next month and I feel like I should ask her a question during the Q&A section but I have no idea what I would say

"why don’t you support the vancouver aquariums if you’ve studied captive animals"…

Aquarium are different. Most, if not all, marine parks do nothing for conservation for the very animals that are on their logos. And their contribution to rescue, rehab is poor if not abysmal. There’s a huge reason that a person would consider approving of and supporting certain zoos and aquaria, but refuse and boycott others. It’s not and never has been a black and white issue, so why you would ask this question to anyone (as if they were all the same) is kind of silly and almost provocative

There’s also the matter of how different animals do in captivity. Plenty of people who enjoy zoos and aquariums don’t support keeping certain animals (such as cetaceans and elephants) in captivity. Jane Goodall is one of these people. She’s not opposed to keeping chimps in a quality captive facility (she even visited the Houston Zoo when they opened that great new chimp exhibit) but she does oppose the keeping of cetaceans. Taking equal facility quality into account, some animals do better in captivity than others.

Edit: There’s also another matter, that many places with dolphin exhibits put more focus on entertainment than education. It’s rare to visit a place holding dolphins that doesn’t offer some kind of flashy show or “dolphin encounter” where guests can swim with or train dolphins.

^^^^^ All of that. Shit, why is it so hard for people to comprehend that certain species do not do well in captivity and should be left alone in their natural habitat? ESPECIALLY when held captive, the space they’re forced to live in is barren, small, and more like a prison than a habitat. Turn on your brains people. seriously.

mojavedolphins:

the Joe Rogan show was cancelled, so we are moving on to focusing on the next guest - Ron White! Dolphin warriors! Ron White performs this Saturday at the mirage. Let’s really get on him to cancel. He has spoken out against SeaWorld in his act.http://mojavedolphins.com/ways-to-help/aces-of-comedy-campaign/

mojavedolphins:

the Joe Rogan show was cancelled, so we are moving on to focusing on the next guest - Ron White! Dolphin warriors! Ron White performs this Saturday at the mirage. Let’s really get on him to cancel. He has spoken out against SeaWorld in his act.http://mojavedolphins.com/ways-to-help/aces-of-comedy-campaign/

kiyarasabel:

tokitaee:

wiildfloweriinbloom:

tokitaee:

wiildfloweriinbloom:

a-tiny-traveler:

I am ready for misty mornings, warm coffee, leggings, and oversized sweaters. I am ready for Autumn’s chilling hug and breezy embrace. 

…but I live in Florida, so that shit will have to wait until January.

Ahhh that is so weird man in January I’m bundled up like a human cocoon

I know, I don’t miss it. January is hell up north lolol. The summer is hell down here. It’s been almost 100 degrees every day so I can’t wait until fall it will at least drop ten or twenty degrees!

omfg so hot ughh.  if I didn’t spend 6 months in Arkansas I wouldn’t believe it….the hottest summer day while I was there was 107 or 108. The humidity was almost physical.

When I came back to the west coast from Pittsburgh, we made one stop in Arkansas at night, and we were sweating and covered in mosquito bites by morning.

Urgh yes! Mosquitos are the worst thing to exist :( I don’t even get normal bites. Mine swell up and bruise lol I look like I have leprosy or something

coral-greef:

Adorable Sugar Glider Trevor eats orange and falls asleep

EATS FALLS ASLEEP

  #not whales but too cute not to reblog    #sorry    #except not  

sayonaraseaworld:

So, just so everyone is clear (wink wink Cher) PETA isn’t buying SeaWorld stocks because overnight they’ve decided to do a complete 180 and invest in SeaWorld.  They, as always, want to be the biggest, angriest thorn in SeaWorld’s side in every way possible and this move is simply another way for them to do that (by going to stockholders meetings and bringing in celebrities to yell at SeaWorld, which gets headlines, which people who are not as invested in this as we, but perhaps are planning their vacations, SEE).  They’re keeping SeaWorld in the news in a negative way almost weekly, so, calm down kidlets… it’s PETA, not Pirtle.

 

Hahahaha oh lord sayo you kill me

wiildfloweriinbloom:

tokitaee:

wiildfloweriinbloom:

a-tiny-traveler:

I am ready for misty mornings, warm coffee, leggings, and oversized sweaters. I am ready for Autumn’s chilling hug and breezy embrace. 

…but I live in Florida, so that shit will have to wait until January.

Ahhh that is so weird man in January I’m bundled up like a human cocoon

I know, I don’t miss it. January is hell up north lolol. The summer is hell down here. It’s been almost 100 degrees every day so I can’t wait until fall it will at least drop ten or twenty degrees!

omfg so hot ughh.  if I didn’t spend 6 months in Arkansas I wouldn’t believe it….the hottest summer day while I was there was 107 or 108. The humidity was almost physical.

Where the fuck is SeaWorld when stuff like this happens?
Oh, right, I forgot they’d already issued a statement. “Uh, well, um, we don’t really know enough to comment, it’s awful though, um, we aren’t interested in that type of thing at all uh uh uh”

I got a cartilage piercing almost a week ago and it’s sooo sore ugh. Who knew this shit would take so long to heal?

wiildfloweriinbloom:

a-tiny-traveler:

I am ready for misty mornings, warm coffee, leggings, and oversized sweaters. I am ready for Autumn’s chilling hug and breezy embrace. 

…but I live in Florida, so that shit will have to wait until January.

Ahhh that is so weird man in January I’m bundled up like a human cocoon

a-tiny-traveler:

I am ready for misty mornings, warm coffee, leggings, and oversized sweaters. I am ready for Autumn’s chilling hug and breezy embrace. 

awwww-cute:

Just a young sea lion

awwww-cute:

Just a young sea lion