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At a young age, Dawn Brancheau had a dream... and one day her dream became her reality. She pursued that dream with tremendous passion and energy. During her almost 16 years at SeaWorld she inspired millions of people to do the same... to Dream BIG. Just like you, Dawn, I made my passion for animals my career... and there is no greater feeling than waking up every morning with excitement for another day at work... I bet you felt the same. ❤️💕
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There are not enough words to describe the impact she had on my life. As long as people like Dawn continue to be remembered, they are not really dead. A soul never dies. Right now Dawnie B is more alive than she ever was: She is in the arms of the Lord. I can't wait to meet you on the other side and tell you how much you have inspired me. 🙏🏼
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This beautiful picture was taken by Katie Mortus (Orzechowski). Check out her Flickr account!
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I will be leaving Florida at the end of the month, of course I had to visit my favorite theme park. I will always, always stand by SeaWorld and their efforts to better support the animals they house and the animals they rescue. SeaWorld has gotten a lot of backlash the last few years. But I fully support them and everything they do #seaworldforever #supportseaworld #seaworld #seaworldorlando

Insane!!!!😳😳😳🤗#orcasrule #supportseaworld

And they call this natural
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Yet another disturbing video has emerged from a Japanese aquarium. This again shows the under stimulating environment captive dolphins are forced to deal with. A major portion of the dolphins in captivity in Japan (as well as China and Russia) were either wild caught themselves or were born into captivity from parents who were wild caught. It is extremely possible that the dolphins seen in this video were once free in the ocean.

The fact that three dolphins are lying on the bottom of the tank is very concerning. Lying at the bottom of the tank is a stereotypical behaviour only associated with captivity. Wild cetaceans are constantly on the move—even while resting they continue to travel with their pod. However in captivity cetaceans deal with artificial pods, lack of space, and increased stress and boredom—which is evident in the unnatural behaviours they display (such as logging at the surface of the water for extended periods of time and laying at the bottom of the tank) .

Please watch the documentary "The Cove" for more information on the annual Taiji dolphin slaughter/captures and visit Dolphin Project (@dolphin_project) for day to day updates. Please help end this suffering for human entertainment! Don't buy a ticket!

Caption: @sevenseasoffreedom
Video: umitamalife (possibly taken at Marine World Uminonakamichi in Japan)

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Nice little putting today with @tyler308h supporting the last one ocean show it was so nice to see all the trainers and a stadium filled with people that it reached max capacity !! #lovemyjob #justkeepswimming #seaworld #oneocean #supportseaworld

Dolphin hunting strategies - hydroplaning

Bottlenose dolphins living on the west coast of Australia stunned the scientific world by learning how to use tools. Covering an area of 10,000 sq km, "Shark Bay" is one of the most diverse and pristine shallow-water bays on the planet. Protected from the open ocean, these sheltered waters make a perfect nursery for more than 3 000 dolphins.

Using Shark Bay's shallow waters, the dolphin population developed a unique hunting technique. These dolphins use the so-called hydroplaning technique to catch their prey. As the dolphins swim fast, the water covers their body and allows them to swim through waters, which would normally be too shallow and thus lead to standing. They further stress fish out by not only pushing onto the beach, but also tail slapping. As result, the stressed out fish becomes easy to prey on.

Scientists found out that this unique hunting strategy is, unlike what their first thought, nothing innate, but rather a learned tool, which adults kept teaching hydroplaning their young over generations.

Did you know?
Strand feeding is a rarely observed hunting technique, which is also being used by bottlenose dolphins living in the southeastern United States.

Caption: @shut.down.captivity
Video credit: BBC

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A resort in Bali, known as "Wake Bali Adventure", is notorious for its swim with dolphins programme. Wake Bali Dolphins charges adults $147 and children $136 for 45 minutes swimming with the dolphins, or $545 for two adults and two children. Alternatively, tourists can pay a 'watching rate' of $119.

According to expat animal advocate Natasha Elisa, the dolphins are further daily performing for tourists every 45 minutes.

Since 2014, the facility keeps four illegally captured dolphins in a roughly 10m by 20m tank. The incredibly small pool contains a very high chlorine level causing long-lasting harm in the dolphins' cloudy eyes such as blindness. Zoologist Stephen Brend said the chlorine would be burning their eyes as well as their skin. The dolphins are furthermore suffering having their teeth filed down to blunt pegs.

Unfortunately, Indonesia has approximately 72 dolphins living and performing in pools, some of those even in travelling circuses.

Caption: @shut.down.captivity
Video and image credit: @nataschaelisa

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I love killer whales #supportseaworld

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At a young age, Dawn Brancheau had a dream... and one day her dream became her reality. She pursued that dream with tremendous passion and energy. During her almost 16 years at SeaWorld she inspired millions of people to do the same... to Dream BIG. Just like you, Dawn, I made my passion for animals my career... and there is no greater feeling than waking up every morning with excitement for another day at work... I bet you felt the same. ❤️💕
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There are not enough words to describe the impact she had on my life. As long as people like Dawn continue to be remembered, they are not really dead. A soul never dies. Right now Dawnie B is more alive than she ever was: She is in the arms of the Lord. I can't wait to meet you on the other side and tell you how much you have inspired me. 🙏🏼
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This beautiful picture was taken by Katie Mortus (Orzechowski). Check out her Flickr account!
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Naluark. Whisper was playing in the back pool, though I've heard they've let her out now :) •




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So I've been waiting to post this photo for a while, but Marineland beat me to it! 😂 Back in 2006, I visited Marineland for the first time. No, it didn't instill the want to become a marine mammal trainer, but I did remember it. I went and saw a pregnant Dazzle, who later birthed Hemingway. I have yet to meet Hemingway, though I'd really love to. His father Alvin was the first dolphin I ever interacted with. In the photo I stand with my brother and father at age 6. The photo of the photo was taken this past summer, 11 years later. I guess we all find our way back to the good things in life. 💙





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(Not my photo) Although you've been struggling for a while... this still came as such a surprise to me. Your wounds were healing, and you were interacting more. Waking up to the news that you had passed, making it the third killer whale to pass this year, was so painful. My heart goes out to San Diego's team and pod at the loss of their matriarch. You will greatly missed Kasatka. •






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Two bottlenose dolphins, Bibi & Winnie, are pregnant at Port of Nagoya Aquarium in Japan. Bibi ビビ is due in late August - late September 2017. Winnie ウィニー is due early September - early October 2017.

http://www.nagoyaaqua.jp/news/2017080511231438.html
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On August 8, one of the worst captures happened in Whidbey Island's Penn Cove, where three pods of orca were trapped in pens, the most recent in 1970. "They used steel bombs, planes and boats to get them into Penn Cove," said Susan Berta, programme director for the Orca Network.

The long buried bones of a handful of orca whales that died in one of the ugliest chapters of Whidbey Island's history may be unearthed, giving scientists information that could help save the local pods. In the 1960s and '70s, as many as 100 orcas were involved and 45 orcas were separated from their pods. From the 45 killer whales a total of 19 females, 21 males and 2 whales of unknown gender were caught and measured. In addition to that, 1 adult female and 2 whales of unknown gender and age, died during capture activities without any measurement taken place.

At least 13 died during the captures, according to historical accounts. Their bellies were slit and they were weighed down with steel chains. A few of these whales washed ashore and cause public outcry against whale captures in Washington's waters.
Now their bones, buried for 37 years, may help save the struggling species, officials say.
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"They were entrapped in a small area, they were flailing in the air. You could hear a high-pitched squeal and they were communicating with many, many more that were outside the net in Penn Cove.” said Wallie Funk.

Young orcas were separated from their mothers in nearby pens, Berta said. They could be heard calling to each other for hours. "When they let the others go, they stayed right there until the last whale was taken away in a truck," she said. "All of them did."
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Berta said four to five of those that died during the catch were buried on the central part of Whidbey Island near Coupeville. They say they could provide clues to save a species listed as endangered in 2005. Berta used witnesses' accounts to locate three spots where orca likely are buried. One paved-over location is inaccessible - not so at the other two locations.

Only one orca captured during that era remains alive: Lolita who lives in the Miami Seaquarium, Florida.

Caption: @shut.down.captivity

Today, August 8 2017, marks the 47th anniversary of Lolita's capture.

On August 8, 1970, in the waters of the Puget Sound of Washington State, a pod of orcas were attacked and rounded up by a group of killer whale herders, led by Ted Griffiths and Don Goldsberry.  In the Penn cove juvenille orcas were separated from their mothers, as the infants were candidates to be sold to aquariums. The adult orcas were released and free to leave.  However, the adult pod would not leave their offspring and refused to swim free, vocalizing human-like cries, until the last baby was pulled out of the water, never to return again. One adult and four infant orcas were killed during this capture.

Four-year old Lolita was one of seven young whales sold to marine parks around the world. Tokitae, as she was originally named, was purchased by Seaquarium veterinarian Dr. Jesse White for $6,000. She arrived at the park on September 24, 1970.

Since her capture, Lolita has been kept in a 80x35x20 foot tank that violates the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service standards for size requirements. APHIS is an operating unit of the US Department of Agriculture.

Lolita’s pool doesn't meet AWA requirements to keep animals and unauthorised people out nor does it provide protection from abuse and harassment by the viewing public.

In addition, the tank has no shelter for Lolita to find reprieve from the blistering Miami sun. Orcas who are confined to tanks that have crystal-clear water and little to no shade often experience painful sunburns and blistering.

Lolita, is also suffering from various illnesses including: pterygium, frequently reoccurring infections, oral degradation, and mildly impaired kidney function.

She only lived with one orca and his name was Hugo*.At first, the they kept separate, but since they shared the same vocals, they would call each other. Soon Hugo was moved into Lolita's 80x35 x20 foot tank.

She and Hugo lived together for 10 years and conceived an unknown number of calves but none survived. In 1980, Hugo died in cause of suicide, he left Lolita as the lone orca.

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Caption: @shut.down.captivity

ATLANTIC SPOTTED DOPHIN

As its name suggests this species is only found in the Atlantic Ocean and currently all individuals in its range are categorised as being Stenella frontalis. There is growing evidence however for the existence of two distinct geographic forms, separating out those in the temperate waters of the North Atlantic. Two general populations are recognised; coastal and offshore, with the offshore population generally smaller and having fewer spots with some offshore adults lacking any distinctive spots.

Many individuals are patterned with spots, although not all. All calves are unspotted, some will develop spots as they age, with a number of dolphins becoming so heavily spotted they appear white from a distance.

This social marine mammal forms groups consisting of up to 100 individuals; those inhabiting coastal areas generally form the smallest schools, of 5 to 15 dolphins. These schools, which may be segregated by age and sex, have a fluid structure, with dolphins joining and splitting into smaller groups, although long-term bonds are also formed within this gregarious social system.

Mature female Atlantic spotted dolphins give birth every one to five years, with the average interval between births being three years. The young is nursed for up to five years, and females become sexually mature at an estimated eight to fifteen years of age.

The Atlantic spotted dolphin is an acrobatic species, frequently riding the bow waves of boats, leaping out of the water, and playing at every opportunity. It is also capable of diving to up to 60 metres, remaining underwater for up to 6 minutes.

Atlantic spotted dolphins have been, and continue to be, hunted for food in the eastern Caribbean and in some places in West Africa. Catch data however is lacking and the scale of this threat is unknown despite concerns that the number may be high.

No population estimate exists for this species and although thought to be abundant in the western portion of its range, the few existing records from the eastern limits show a very different and worrying story.

Caption revised/ video edit: @cetacean_videos

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