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Calf Dead at SeaWorld's Aquatica Orlando

Last night, on May 21st, Ringer gave birth to the last Commerson's dolphin calf in North America.

The calf began struggling mere minutes after birth, and there was nothing the SeaWorld staff could do. Just like it's siblings in 2007 and 2009, the calf died.

Asked earlier this month about the pregnancy, Animal Welfare Institute marine mammal scientist Naomi Rose said she did not think the calf would succeed, and the conditions they live in are “hardly ideal” for breeding.
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“This is the kind of prediction I hate being right about,” she said by email Monday. “This dolphin should never have been allowed to get pregnant. It's all such a waste and very much not good welfare practice, to allow reproduction when the odds are so against a successful outcome.”
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SeaWorld said its animal-care team “responded immediately when the calf began to show signs of distress, a few minutes after birth, but unfortunately were unable to resuscitate the calf.”
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Ringer is under 24-hour observation and is not currently on display in the Commerson’s area, through which a clear waterslide tube runs.

A necropsy will be performed to help determine the cause of death.

Caption Info: Orlando Sentinel
Photo Credit to owner
Rp: @orcalovertexas

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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

I don't care what you say about me, I will always support seaworld and other captive animal programs. Granted they are accredited and well run. Places like these and AZA zoos help provide intel to the animals wild counterparts as well as open a world of wonder for children. Our future. To help save this planet. I'm 24 years old and I still cry at the orca show. I still tear up when I touch a dolphin or cow ray, places like this inspired me to do the things I do and I'll never stop loving them #supportseaworld #seaworld #dolphin #bottlenosedolphin

Today, December 2nd 2016, marks Amaya's 2nd birthday. Happy (?) birthday Amaya!

On December 2nd, 2014, Kalia gave birth to her first calf when she was 9-years-old. As result of becoming mother at such a young age, Kalia hardly learned how to raise a calf.

Amaya is rather independant for her age. She is often seen with Shouka, however, since Shouka sometimes tries to keep Amaya as her own calf, this behaviour often leads to fights between Kalia and Shouka.

As the youngest orca at the park, Amaya is a very energetic and playful calf. She can often be seen playing with her uncle Makani.

Today, Amaya is two years old and still resists with her mother at Sea world San Diego.

Video edit: @set_seaworld_orcas_free Caption: @cetacean_videos
Video credits: EchoBeluga, Tilikum16, CetusCetus

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Repost from @shut.down.captivity using @RepostRegramApp - 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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Insane!!!!😳😳😳🤗#orcasrule #supportseaworld

Multipost from @shut.down.captivity On May 15th, the Vancouver Park Board voted in favour of amending a bylaw which prevents any new cetaceans, including non-releasable rescues, from being put on display at Vancouver Aquarium. All except one comissioner voted in agreement. The ban comes into effect immediately, with the aqauriums three resident cetaceans - Helen, a Pacific white-side dolphin; Daisy, a harbour porpoise; and Chester, a false killer whale - being grandfathered into the aquarium (meaning they will remain at the aquarium, on display, until they die). Despite this, under the revised bylaw, Vancouver Aquarium are prohibited from using their captive cetaceans in "a show, performance, or other form of entertainment."
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It's important to note that this cetacean ban does not apply to Vancouver Aquarium's rescue center as it sits outside of Stanley Park - the area the ban impacts. Unlike John Nightingale's suggestion, rescued cetaceans will not have to be euthanised. Cetaceans can still be rescued and treated at the rescue center, they just cannot be imported into Stanley Park (where Vancouver Aquarium is located) if they are deemed non-releaseable. The only reason any rehabilitated cetacean would have to be euthanised is if the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) refused to grant a permit to transfer the animal to a different facility. If they were to do this, it could not be blamed on the bylaw but the DFO themselves.

Caption: @be_humane
Photo: Ronnie T

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Repost from @shut.down.captivity using @RepostRegramApp - Calf Dead at SeaWorld's Aquatica Orlando

Last night, on May 21st, Ringer gave birth to the last Commerson's dolphin calf in North America.

The calf began struggling mere minutes after birth, and there was nothing the SeaWorld staff could do. Just like it's siblings in 2007 and 2009, the calf died.

Asked earlier this month about the pregnancy, Animal Welfare Institute marine mammal scientist Naomi Rose said she did not think the calf would succeed, and the conditions they live in are “hardly ideal” for breeding.
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“This is the kind of prediction I hate being right about,” she said by email Monday. “This dolphin should never have been allowed to get pregnant. It's all such a waste and very much not good welfare practice, to allow reproduction when the odds are so against a successful outcome.”
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SeaWorld said its animal-care team “responded immediately when the calf began to show signs of distress, a few minutes after birth, but unfortunately were unable to resuscitate the calf.”
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Ringer is under 24-hour observation and is not currently on display in the Commerson’s area, through which a clear waterslide tube runs.

A necropsy will be performed to help determine the cause of death.

Caption Info: Orlando Sentinel
Photo Credit to owner
Rp: @orcalovertexas

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Calf Dead at SeaWorld's Aquatica Orlando

Last night, on May 21st, Ringer gave birth to the last Commerson's dolphin calf in North America.

The calf began struggling mere minutes after birth, and there was nothing the SeaWorld staff could do. Just like it's siblings in 2007 and 2009, the calf died.

Asked earlier this month about the pregnancy, Animal Welfare Institute marine mammal scientist Naomi Rose said she did not think the calf would succeed, and the conditions they live in are “hardly ideal” for breeding.
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“This is the kind of prediction I hate being right about,” she said by email Monday. “This dolphin should never have been allowed to get pregnant. It's all such a waste and very much not good welfare practice, to allow reproduction when the odds are so against a successful outcome.”
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SeaWorld said its animal-care team “responded immediately when the calf began to show signs of distress, a few minutes after birth, but unfortunately were unable to resuscitate the calf.”
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Ringer is under 24-hour observation and is not currently on display in the Commerson’s area, through which a clear waterslide tube runs.

A necropsy will be performed to help determine the cause of death.

Caption Info: Orlando Sentinel
Photo Credit to owner
Rp: @orcalovertexas

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

Cetacean captures in Canada

Canada is one of the countries where live-capturing of cetaceans still is a very recent phenomena. A total of eight species of cetaceans have been live-captured in Canada:
- orca
- beluga whale - narwhal
- harbour porpoise
- white-beaked dolphin
- pacific white-sided dolphin
- dall's porpoise
- bottlenose dolphins

Among these, most captures have been of beluga whales or orcas.

With the beginning of orca captures in 1964, a total of 25 orcas were collected in Canada off the British Columbia coast. Others were captured in northwestern U.S. waters. Still other orcas have been imported from Iceland.

Beluga whales were first live-captured in the St. Lawrence River in fairly small numbers. A total of 68 beluga whales have been captured in the Churchill River estuary area from 1967-1992. Between the 1800s and 1965, when the last capture occurred, around 30 beluga whales were taken.

Finally, in 1992, beluga whale captures for export from Canada were; there has been a ban on all captures of killer whales since 1975. Permits were given for the live-capture of ice-entrapped white-beaked dolphins in 1983 for display in Mystic Aquarium.

Sometime during the 1970s, Vancouver Aquarium Director Murray Newman and neuroscience researcher Pat McGeer went on a hunt for narwhals and captured a total of six. Unfortunately, the longest surviving animal lived at Vancouver aquarium for four months.

There has been no live-capture of cetaceans for captive maintenance in Canada since 1992.

Caption (revised): @shut.down.captivity
Image: unknown
Source: 83 pages long pdf report about Vancouver Aquarium by Lifeforce Foundation, 174 pages long pdf by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Ottawa

Repost from @shut.down.captivity using @RepostRegramApp - 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)

#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

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)

#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

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)

#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

Tilikum* has been the most successful sire in captivity, with 21 offspring, 11 of which are still alive.
SeaWorld has used AI and regular breeding with Tilikum to produce calves.
He is further the grandfather to 3 living juvenile whales.

His first calf, born in Orlando, was to Katina. Katina gave birth to Taku on September 9, 1993. Taku died on October 17, 2007.

Offspring:
1991  Kyuquot
1992  SOP-OO-B9201*
1993  Taku*, Nyar*
1994  SWF-OO-U9401
1996  SWF-OO-U9601, Unna*
1997  SWF-OO-U9701
1998  Sumar*
1999  Tuar
2000  Tekoa
2001  SWT-OO-U0101, Nakai
2002  Kohana, Ikaika
2004  Skyla
2005  SWF-OO-U0501
2007  Malia
2010  Sakari, SWF-OO-U1001, Makaio

Grand Offspring:
2005  Trua (to Taku)
2006  Nalani (to Taku)
2010  Adán (to Kohana)
2012  Victoria* (to Kohana)

Currently, SeaWorld owns 20 captive born whales of which 13 are blood related to Tilikum.
This means that the gene pool is dangerously lacking diversity.

Caption: @shut.down.captivity
Picture credit: Braeton California

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Last night, on May 15th, the Vancouver Park Board voted in favour of amending a bylaw which prevents any new cetaceans, including non-releasable rescues, from being put on display at Vancouver Aquarium. All except one comissioner voted in agreement. The ban comes into effect immediately, with the aqauriums three resident cetaceans - Helen, a Pacific white-side dolphin; Daisy, a harbour porpoise; and Chester, a false killer whale - being grandfathered into the aquarium (meaning they will remain at the aquarium, on display, until they die). Despite this, under the revised bylaw, Vancouver Aquarium are prohibited from using their captive cetaceans in "a show, performance, or other form of entertainment."
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It's important to note that this cetacean ban does not apply to Vancouver Aquarium's rescue center as it sits outside of Stanley Park - the area the ban impacts. Unlike John Nightingale's suggestion, rescued cetaceans will not have to be euthanised. Cetaceans can still be rescued and treated at the rescue center, they just cannot be imported into Stanley Park (where Vancouver Aquarium is located) if they are deemed non-releaseable. The only reason any rehabilitated cetacean would have to be euthanised is if the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) refused to grant a permit to transfer the animal to a different facility. If they were to do this, it could not be blamed on the bylaw but the DFO themselves.

Caption: @be_humane
Photo: Ronnie T

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A newly released court testimony, which had been kept confidential until now, has revealed that Lolita is not just one of the world's loneliest orcas, but is also one of the sickest.
The list of Lolita's physical and psychological health problems is extensive. She suffers from frequently reoccurring infections, oral degradation and mildly impaired kidney function. On top of this, Lolita has been diagnosed with a pterygium, also called 'surfer's eye.' This is caused by excessive exposure to UV radiation, leading to discomfort and significant damage to visual function.
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"Lolita appeared to be under a constant stream of medications, spanning from eye drops to antibiotics and heavy painkillers," Maddelena Bearzi, president of Ocean Conservation Society, wrote. "In 2015 alone, there was not a day during the course of the year that she wasn't under one or more medications… Killer whales in the wild do not need human-made medications and their life span is longer than that of their captive counterparts" .

Since her capture, Lolita has been kept in a 80x35x20ft 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.

Additionally, Lolita’s tank does not meet the Animal Welfare Act's requirements to keep animals and unauthorised  people out, nor does it provide protection from abuse and harassment by the viewing public.

Lolita, who is confined to a tank that contains crystal-clear water and little to no shade from the blistering Miami Sun, often experiences painful sunburns and blisters. Essentially, Lolita cannot escape the sunlight and her eyesight is significantly suffering because of it.

Today, Lolita is approximately 50 years old and has been held captive for over 46 years. In addition, Lolita hasn't seen another orca in 36 years.

Swipe to the left for further images and videos of Lolita
Caption: @shut.down.captivity

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