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SeaWorld's 69 Critiques of Blackfish - Part 19
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Reason 31: "Ventre: “we weren’t given the full details of Keltie’s situation.” This is false. All new trainers, including Ventre when he was transferred to work with killer whales years after Tilikum’s arrival, received the “Tili Talk,” which included Tilikum’s history."
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Ventre’s statement is not false. The script for the “Tili Talk” was turned over for the OSHA hearing in Sanford. The script does not include the full details of what happened at Sealand, it just makes it clear that Tilikum had a history of “being possessive of items in the water” and that should a trainer find him/herself in the water with Tilikum, they would be unlikely to survive. SeaWorld’s suggestion that Ventre was given the full details of Keltie’s situation via the “Tili Talk” is a lie.
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Reason 32: "Berg: “I was under the impression that Tilikum had nothing to do with [Keltie Byrne’s] death.” This is false. At the time of Tilikum’s arrival, all trainers and zoological personnel (which included Ms. Berg) received a memo discussing the circumstances of Keltie Byrne’s death."
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Again, this is not false. The memo SeaWorld is referring to was released in June 1993. Berg transferred out of Shamu Stadium in 1992. During her time as a killer whale trainer, she never would’ve seen this memo.
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Reason 33: "Berg’s account of a trainer being yelled at for walking near Tilikum’s pool with wet suit unzipped.. this was not a policy instituted solely with respect to Tilikum."
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SeaWorld doesn’t deny that what Samantha describes occurred suggesting her story is accurate. Berg does not suggest the policy was instituted solely because of Tilikum, she just relates it back to her initial point that she was under the impression “Tilikum had nothing to do with [Keltie Byrne’s] death.” We’ve already established she was not wrong to have this impression as the memo which sought to correct this impression was published after she transferred out of Shamu Stadium.
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Caption: @InherentlyWild

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Kasatka was euthanized last night at SeaWorld San Diego. Her health and appetite apparently declined over the past few days. Kasatka's death comes as no surprise since pictures of her widespread skin lesions had emerged recently, and she had been undergoing treatment for a bacterial lung infection since 2008. Kasatka's passing is the third orca death for SeaWorld this year, following Tilikum's in January and Kyara's just three weeks ago. (It should be noted that each of these deaths was linked to pneumonia/bacterial lung infections, and that each orca was located at separate parks. SeaWorld and captive facilities in general hardly ever euthanize their sick animals, but allow them to perform and suffer until death.)
Kasatka was captured in Iceland as a baby, and was approximately aged 40 at her death. At San Diego, Kasatka leaves behind her sons Nakai and Makani (aged 4), daughter Kalia, and granddaughter Amaya. Scattered in captivity around the world is her other family, including first-born Takara and her offspring: Kohana, Trua, Sakari, Kamea—plus Kohana's son Adán. Kyara, the little calf who just died at SW Texas, was Kasatka's youngest and last grandchild, whom she was never able to meet.
Kasatka was the dominant female at SWSD. This means a new female will soon replace her, and it will likely be Orkid or Kasatka's daughter Kalia. Besides being a prime breeder, Kasatka is infamous for the Ken Peters incident, in which she dragged her trainer underwater during a show. Despite knowing Kasatka's chronically compromised health, SeaWorld artificially inseminated her, and she gave birth to Makani in 2013. SeaWorld knew she could possibly die and orphan her little calf, which unfortunately has now happened. Captivity has never been FOR these animals. #RIPKasatka
Caption: @sevenseasoffreedom
Family photo of Makani, Amaya, Kalia, Kasatka, and Nakai: SeaWorld

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sounds like a cliché- but yesterday was beyond words. to be so close to one of these beauties that you can look into their eyes... i wish there were more out free in the wild for us to see.😪
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Sticking my tongue out to another Monday lol.
The beautiful and silly Katina to get your week started off.
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Today, August 21st, marks the 28th anniversary of Kandu V’s death. May she rest in peace.
On October 12, 1977, a group of 6 Orcas were captured in Ingólfshöfði, Iceland; four females and two males. It is possible that they were transferred to the Hafnarfjordur Aquarium for a short time before being sent to Dolphinarium Harderwijk. Here, their health was assessed, genders were determined, and all 6 received names.
Soon enough, a female named Kandu V was purchased by SeaWorld San Diego. It is likely that she spent some time in the “petting pool” along with some other young Orcas shortly after transfer. However, when her training was over, she eventually began performing in the main pool where she was joined by a female named Kenau and a male named Winston.
Kandu V was described as a good performer, but showed signs of aggression towards her trainers many times.
On two separate occasions in 1983, Kandu V took a trainer in her mouth and momentarily refused to let go, as well as relentlessly pushed trainers from one end of the tank to the other with another female named Kenau. On February 23, 1984, she took trainer Joanne Hay in her mouth and pinned her against a wall during a performance.
On March 4, 1987, Kandu V and Kenau were the whales identified after the attack on trainer Jonathan Smith, leaving him with cuts around his torso, a ruptured kidney, as well as a 6-inch laceration of his liver.
The last reported incident with Kandu V was on June 15, 1987 when she landed on top of trainer Joanne Webber and pushed her to the bottom of the pool during a training session; Webber suffered a fractured neck.
When she reached sexual maturity, Kandu V mated with Winston and became pregnant with her first calf in 1984. However, she gave birth to a stillborn calf on January 31, 1986.
In 1987, a male and female, Orky 2 and Corky 2, were purchased and moved to San Diego. Kandu V seemed to get along very well with the new male, Orky II, and soon became pregnant with her second calf.
On September 23, 1988, she gave birth to a female named Orkid. She was described as a protective mother and wasn’t happy when Corky II showed interest in Orkid.
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