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Have I been naive?

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I have always liked killer whales. I dunno why I just have, therefor I watch a lot of killer whale documentaries. One day I was searching for a killer whale documentary and up pops Blackfish. After I watched it I was shocked and devastated. I had no opinion of SeaWorld before this. I went to SeaWorld once when I was eight and got lost looking at dolphins that’s it. After I watched Blackfish I pictured SeaWorld as this major greedy corporation that abuses killer whales for money and I’m not so sure anymore.

I have mentioned Blackfish a lot on this blog and throughout the short time I’ve had this blog you can see my opinion slowly begin to change. After I watched Blackfish the first time I was a wannabe ‘whale activist’ set on freeing these poor abused animals from the evil SeaWorld. I didn’t consider for one minute that my emotions were being manipulated. Looking at Blackfish now my perspective is very different.

There were a few things at the start that begin to tweak my absolute hatred of SeaWorld and adoration of Blackfish. I watch a lot of whale documentaries so one day I watched a documentary called ‘The Whale’, I would advise everyone to watch this. It’s an amazing documentary, it’s not about abused killer whales or anything like that but more about the struggle of friendship between humans and animals like killer whales and how on rare occasions that wall is broken down. Anyway, I was watching The Whale when a few scenes began to look familiar. I realised that Blackfish had taken a few of these scenes then added them in at certain points for dramatic effect. This can be seen quite a lot in Blackfish. The scenes of killer whales being captured at the start comes form a documentary about Lolita and so on.

A few other things began to pop up. Halfway through Blackfish, the former trainers make a point that killer whales are dangerous to humans and at the end there is a close up of a trainer with his face all cut and bloody. This is edited in to make it seem as though a killer whale did this when actually the trainer accidentally ran into a screen and cut himself. Even after seeing this I didn’t want to believe that Blackfish was propaganda against SeaWorld. I was set on trying to make a difference to free these animals and I didn’t want to be swayed from this.

While doing another article on the proposed ban of orca captivity in California I did a bit of research. The idea to release orcas back into the wild or relocate them to sea pens is a very romantic idea. However, that’s the problem, out of all the orcas to be transported either to the wild or sea pens only one orca has a fair chance of survival after this move. That made me think am I just wrapped up in this ‘free the whales’ craze. Is this really what’s best for these animals.

The former trainers in the documentary where trainers decades ago and things change and some of them left SeaWorld in unfavorable terms so obviously they would be willing to bash SeaWorld.

Then I finally did some research into ‘the enemy’ SeaWorld. It turns out that killer whales haven’t been captured for SeaWorld since the late 70s early 80s, nearly all killer whales in SeaWorld have been bred there and the ones that haven’t been bred there were caught decades ago. I’m not saying I’m condoning it but these whales would die if they were released back into the wild. All other marine mammals are rescued with intent to be released back into the wild and so much time and effort goes into care for them.

I started reading posts and watching videos of those against Blackfish and some of the thigns make you question if you’re doing this for the whales or for yourself? Then again the stuff against Blackfish is so one sided I feel like I’m being manipulated all over again. So now I don’t know where I stand on the matter anymore because I don’t have any inside views. I can take one side or the other but really all I know is stuff coming from someone’s biased mouth.

While watching a video with a recent former trainer he made an excellent point. So many other things are happening in the world, illegal pouching, the zoo that killed their animals and that’s only the animal side of it. If this much effort went into these things that are genuinely wrong and not a case of special effects or word of mouth a real difference can be made.

The fact that Richard Bloom is trying to ban orca captivity in California after watching Blackfish shows how powerful this documentary is. However, I think it’s really, really poor of him to make such a major change to so many lives, human and animals, after one documentary.

Currently, I don’t know where to stand on the matter? SeaWorld help so many other animals and when it comes down to it isn’t evil at all but I don’t see why killer whales and other animals have to perform backflips etc. for food. Can’t they just be observed naturally. On the other hand, if you take killer whales out of SeaWorld and into sea pens and the wild the chances are these whales will die and for no other reason than because we thought it was wrong.

The backlash of Blackfish: Is it all a lie?

The world has been outraged by the horrifying documentary of Killer Whale abuse in SeaWorld, Blackfish. It has been no secret that SeaWorld has claimed the whole documentary is a lie and that it is very one-sided.

Marilee Menard, former director of the Alliance of Marine Mammals Parks and Aquariums, has have hit back by saying that Blackfish:

“ignores the essence of parks and aquariums — their dedication to wildlife research, conservation, education and rescue of stranded marine mammals.

Aquariums fund studies on the diets, reproduction and immune systems of marine mammals as well as evaluate contaminants affecting certain species to help understand and improve animals’ health in the wild. 

Marine parks have explored technologies to protect wild animals from fishing gear that cause many deaths each year. Also, animals in human care are surrogates for studies of wild, endangered species that would be impossible to complete without disturbing their vulnerable wild counterparts.”

This does sound like an intellectual answer with valid points. However, I think it comes down to the good vs the bad, so to speak. The first point made is that marine mammals are studied to help improve the life of animals in the wild. Fair enough. However, orcas are being taken away from their families, put in a foreign environment and forced to perform. Is this a case of the end justify the mean?

The next point made is that ‘marine parks have explored technologies to protect wild animals from fishing gear that cause many deaths each year’. When killer whales are fished from the ocean for captivity many whales die due to the flash bombs and stress of the whole event.

I’m not saying that there aren’t any advantages to killer whales in captivity. However, they are very few or far between. More often than not they advantages seem to benefit humans instead of the animals.

Also this article, which can you find here : CNN, uses images which I find quite misleading for example: A photo of Halle Berry, because obviously if a celebrity thinks it’s okay then it is.

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Here is an image of Keiko, the killer whale who played ‘Free Willy’ being released. The caption explains how Keiko wasn’t ready to be independent and spent most of his time with fishermen and children, then stating he died in 2002 ‘most likely from pneumonia’ indicating that this orca would be better in captivity.

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Here is an image of a killer whale who was found ‘starving’ in the ocean and was moved to Loro Parque to perform in captivity where she was fed and well looked after. However, what they fail to mention is that Loro Parque is the worst kept aquarium of all the aquariums. When the whales were originally moved from SeaWorld to this aquarium   nothing was ready and the whales constantly has problems. Not to mention that trainer, Alexis Martinez, was killed by a killer whale at this park.

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It is obvious Blackfish is very one-sided. However,  I feel that for all the ‘examinations’ they do on these animals to help get a better understanding of how they operate in the wild is a little back-handed.

Yes, killer whales have died when they’ve been released from captivity into the wild but after a while these whales are no longer dependent and have had their freedom stripped away then told to go hunt for themselves so their death is inevitable in most cases.

I personally believe that no matter what facts are thrown at me I won’t ever agree to killer whales in captivity.

White Sphere captures Orcas for tourism

imageI’m posting this from my phone because I still haven’t fixed my laptop! It was my New Years resolution. Anyhoo, this is another post about Killer Whales in captivity. It’s just Inhumane and selfish.

Two wild killer whales have been captured by Russian hunters to be taken to Sochi for the Sochi Winter Olympics. In a cheap and cruel attempt to bring in tourism. The company White Sphere has organised this.

The whales are being removed from their homes to a tiny concrete box where it is possible for the whales to develop psychosis!

These whales are used to swimming up to 100 miles a day and being surrounded by their families. Killer whales like other dolphins have a great sense of family. They learn their behaviour from their family, learn languages and also develop a personality based on their family.

These whales are being moved to essentially a tiny jail cell where they will have no emotional stimulation and kept in tight spaces building their frustration with no release.

Please sign this petition and help save these poor animals!

https://www.causes.com/actions/1764056-a-petition-to-thomas-bach-international-olympic-committee-sochi-olympic-organising-committee