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The Animal Legal Defense Fund is leading a coalition of animal protection, environmental and marine conservation groups proposing Florida legislation that would ensure no additional orcas will be held in captivity in the state.

The Florida Orca Protection Act would grandfather in existing orcas but outlaw the holding of any additional orcas in captivity in Florida. The act would also prohibit breeding captive orcas or transporting them out of state, unless to a seaside sanctuary. It’s a commonsense law that just codifies SeaWorld’s previous commitment to phase out breeding orcas immediately and orca performances by 2019.

This is the first Florida legislative session since the tragic death of Tilikum—featured in the documentary Blackfish—who died at SeaWorld Orlando in January. Don’t let his sad life and lonely death be in vain.

Caption: Animal Legal Defense Fund
PC: SeaWorld
Rp: @orcalovertexas

Go to the link in my bio to add your support to finalizing the end of orca captivity in Florida!

#shamu #thanksbutnotanks #emptythetanks #dontbuyaticket #seaworldcares #Blackfish #killerwhales #supportseaworld #standwithseaworld #marinepark #orcashow #animalabuse #mammal #animal #captivity #captive #tank #orcas #orca #dolphins #dolphinshow #shamustadium #seaworldsandiego #seaworldorlando #seaworldtexas #marineland #vancouveraquarium #marinelandcanada

ORKID

Orkid was born into captivity during a Shamu show at SeaWorld San Diego in 1988. In her 29 years of living in a tank, Orkid has experienced great loss.

Three days later after her birth, on the 26th of September 1988, her dad Orky 2 passed away after loosing an incredible amount of weight, his cause of death was records as “Acute Bronchopneumonia, Nephropathy” . At that point Orkid was still "name-less" and it was then that in memory of Orky 2 she was named Orkid.

When Orkid was 11 months old Kandu 5 had rammed into Corky II, which ended up injuring her and tearing an artery. She was drowning in her own blood and exhaling it through her blowhole. After her 45 minute ordeal, she bled to death. Her daughter, Orkid, was with her the entire time.

One of Orkid’s closest companions was Splash- a young whale with epilepsy. During epileptic episodes, Orkid would come to his aid and keep him afloat. In 1995, he suffered a seizure while playing with Orkid and crashed into a gate. This shattered his lower jaw and Splash was moved to the medical pool.
A week before his death Splash lost his appetite and was put onto antibiotics. He did not improve and his perforated stomach claimed him as his companions Orkid and Sumar watched from the medical pool gates.

While separated in different holding tanks, Orkid watched her friend Sumar die from Intestinal/Mesenteric Volvulus.
Sumar and Orkid were very close. During his final moments, Orkid would not leave Sumar’s side even while he was being removed from the tank.

Orkid has not progressed to killing a person – but she has been involved in 17 of 87 publicly recorded attacks on humans by SeaWorld whales.
After she dragged a trainer underwater in 2006, she was not allowed to do waterworks. Although Orkid is loved by her trainers and gets along well with most other orcas.

She has been AI’d (artificially inseminated) on numerous occasions and not one of these highly invasive procedures has ever resulted in a confirmed pregnancy.

She is an incredebly intelligent whale and has been observed many times, freeding the birds before trying to catch them.

Caption received and video edit: @cetacean_videos
Video credits: CetusCetus

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QOTD: What is your favorite orca name and meaning?😂 AOTD: I like Trua's name which means "Believe" in Icelandic! Since he was born around the time of the Believe show!!♡



Kayla💙 #seaworldorlando #seaworldcares #seaworld #kayla #shamustadium #oneocean #killerwhale #orca

Celebrando mi Cumpleaños en Sea World 🎂🎶🍾🎊😍❤💋 #amoseaworld #loveseaworld #seaworldorlando #shamu #shamustadium

in 2005 i moved to Oklahoma, before then, my home was the big state of Texas. in the time that i lived there, my parents would take me to SeaWorld every year. one year, when i was three, we had bought tickets to eat dinner with Shamu. due to lighting and a rainstorm, that dinner was canceled. little me was heart broken and from then on always dreamed of getting another chance. it may sound silly, ridiculous, or totally lame for a 17 year old to be so excited about this, but i am. and today, I GOT TO EAT LUNCH WITH SHAMU. I WAS SO EXCITED AND AM STILL SO THRILLED NOW. i'm surprised i haven't cried happy tears yet. 💙💙 HUGE thank you to my dad, @timcarver for buying tickets and to both of my parents for taking me every year @tarabrooke74 (SeaWorld spam coming soon) #shamustadium #dinewithshamu #seaworldsanantonio

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The Animal Legal Defense Fund is leading a coalition of animal protection, environmental and marine conservation groups proposing Florida legislation that would ensure no additional orcas will be held in captivity in the state.

The Florida Orca Protection Act would grandfather in existing orcas but outlaw the holding of any additional orcas in captivity in Florida. The act would also prohibit breeding captive orcas or transporting them out of state, unless to a seaside sanctuary. It’s a commonsense law that just codifies SeaWorld’s previous commitment to phase out breeding orcas immediately and orca performances by 2019.

This is the first Florida legislative session since the tragic death of Tilikum—featured in the documentary Blackfish—who died at SeaWorld Orlando in January. Don’t let his sad life and lonely death be in vain.

Caption: Animal Legal Defense Fund
PC: SeaWorld
Rp: @orcalovertexas

Go to the link in my bio to add your support to finalizing the end of orca captivity in Florida!

#shamu #thanksbutnotanks #emptythetanks #dontbuyaticket #seaworldcares #Blackfish #killerwhales #supportseaworld #standwithseaworld #marinepark #orcashow #animalabuse #mammal #animal #captivity #captive #tank #orcas #orca #dolphins #dolphinshow #shamustadium #seaworldsandiego #seaworldorlando #seaworldtexas #marineland #vancouveraquarium #marinelandcanada

ORKID

Orkid was born into captivity during a Shamu show at SeaWorld San Diego in 1988. In her 29 years of living in a tank, Orkid has experienced great loss.

Three days later after her birth, on the 26th of September 1988, her dad Orky 2 passed away after loosing an incredible amount of weight, his cause of death was records as “Acute Bronchopneumonia, Nephropathy” . At that point Orkid was still "name-less" and it was then that in memory of Orky 2 she was named Orkid.

When Orkid was 11 months old Kandu 5 had rammed into Corky II, which ended up injuring her and tearing an artery. She was drowning in her own blood and exhaling it through her blowhole. After her 45 minute ordeal, she bled to death. Her daughter, Orkid, was with her the entire time.

One of Orkid’s closest companions was Splash- a young whale with epilepsy. During epileptic episodes, Orkid would come to his aid and keep him afloat. In 1995, he suffered a seizure while playing with Orkid and crashed into a gate. This shattered his lower jaw and Splash was moved to the medical pool.
A week before his death Splash lost his appetite and was put onto antibiotics. He did not improve and his perforated stomach claimed him as his companions Orkid and Sumar watched from the medical pool gates.

While separated in different holding tanks, Orkid watched her friend Sumar die from Intestinal/Mesenteric Volvulus.
Sumar and Orkid were very close. During his final moments, Orkid would not leave Sumar’s side even while he was being removed from the tank.

Orkid has not progressed to killing a person – but she has been involved in 17 of 87 publicly recorded attacks on humans by SeaWorld whales.
After she dragged a trainer underwater in 2006, she was not allowed to do waterworks. Although Orkid is loved by her trainers and gets along well with most other orcas.

She has been AI’d (artificially inseminated) on numerous occasions and not one of these highly invasive procedures has ever resulted in a confirmed pregnancy.

She is an incredebly intelligent whale and has been observed many times, freeding the birds before trying to catch them.

Caption received and video edit: @cetacean_videos
Video credits: CetusCetus

If only I lived closer!! Wish they wouldn't have closed SeaWorld Aurora.. I'd be there every weekend ☹️



Kayla
One Ocean
SWO
September 5th, 2016
#seaworld #seaworldparks #seaworldorlando #seaworldflorida #seaworldCARES #seaworldorcas #kayla #blackfishLIES #selectivecap #orcas #killerwhale #oneocean #shamu #shamustadium

I've been trying to cut down on how much plastic I use. It's a much harder task than you would think; there's plastic in virtually everything! Did you know that there is plastic in gum? YUP that's right even gum contains plastic! There are so many easy ways to reduce your plastic consumption like refusing a plastic bag at the grocery store, or a straw at a restaurant. Help save our planet, it's the only one we have! •



#seaworld #seaworldcares #seaworldrescue #seaworldorlando #orlando #florida #shamustadium #oneocean #killerwhales #cetacean #marinemammal #photographer #photography #photograph #photo #photooftheday #photo #nikon #nikonusa #nikonphotos #follow #followme

QOTD: What is your favorite orca name and meaning?😂 AOTD: I like Trua's name which means "Believe" in Icelandic! Since he was born around the time of the Believe show!!♡



Kayla💙 #seaworldorlando #seaworldcares #seaworld #kayla #shamustadium #oneocean #killerwhale #orca

Feeding - Self-activated feeders -
The study then discusses various different methods of feeding enrichment, the first of these being self-activated feeders. This idea evolves around an electronic feeder which could be designed to be activated by an orca visiting a number of ‘trigger’ locations either underwater or above.
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For example, a series of haul-out locations around the pool could be fitted with simple motion detector beams. When a beam has been broken by the whale hauling itself out a set number of times, the feeder would be activated to release food. Each haul-out location could be programmed with different trigger rates, so that each location requires a different number of visits before food is released. This could be changed periodically to provide a more stimulating task.
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Only one orca in captivity is an Argentinian transient (shown above) - meaning that only one orca in captivity would naturally haul-out onto a surface to catch food. It would, therefore, be preferable for the majority of captive orcas, to release food from underwater locations at the bottom of the pool. However, using a variety of locations above and below water would prevent possible outbursts of aggression due to competition for feeders.
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The time of the day the feeders operate could also be taken into consideration. Some feeding devices could be set to operate only at night-time, to keep the animals occupied when the facility is closed and to encourage the whales to use their echolocation during darkness.
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Caption: @be_humane
Photo: Mundo Marino

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