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Kina, the false killer whale, is one of the many unfortunate cetaceans to be confined to a captive environment. For nearly 2 years, Kina has been living in a tank the size of a hotel swimming pool at Sea Life Park in Hawaii.

Kina was captured and torn away from her pod back in 1987, during a massive killing expedition on Iki Island, in which Japanese fisherman massacred thousands of dolphins. Very few of the dolphins were selected for captivity and a miserable life of being used as entertainment.

Kina was one of the few to be selected for captivity. At first, she had lived in a Hong Kong entertainment park and was soon relocated to a sea pen where she was used in research for the U.S Navy and University of Hawaii.
In her sea pen, she had two bottlenose dolphins to keep her company and had a decent amount of room to swim, the very least that she deserves.

In 2015, Kina was moved away from her only companions and brought to Sea Life Park in Hawaii. Ever since her relocation, Kina has floated lethargically in a tiny square tank that is reported to be dangerously filthy with no sun coverage.

According to the Animal Welfare Act, It is a requirement that all marine mammals must be provided with shade. Sea Life Park has refused to follow this and it is very likely that Kina suffers severe burns.
Oddly enough, Sea Life Park keeps Kina completely out of public view.

Please sign & share the petition in @set_seaworld_orcas_free'z
bio to retire Kina to an accredited sea sanctuary before it's too late. A life in a tank is a life definitely not worth living.

Rp: @set_seaworld_orcas_free

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

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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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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

Today, June 22nd 2017, marks Tuar's 18th birthday. Happy (?) birthday Tuar!

Tuar was born to Tilikum* and Kalina* at SeaWorld Orlando on June 22, 1999. As Tuar was born to Tilikum, who was an Icelandic orca, and Kalina, who was a mixture of her Icelandic mother Katina, and her southern resident father, Winston*, this makes Tuar a hybrid, who's 75% Icelandic and 25% southern resident.

Earlier the 2000's, at sea world Florida a trainer was retrieving an article from the back of the mouth, Tuar clamped down on the trainer's arm and held tight for several moments.

In 2000 Tuar was involved in one swim over a surfaced trainer during waterwork with another young male, Tekoa. He did respond to a recall after two attempts.

In November 2000, another male orca was born who was named Tekoa. Tekoa's mother, Taima, a female orca known for her aggression towards her calves and other orcas, became aggressive towards him and he was soon also being raised by Tuar's mother, Kalina. The two became very close and spent a lot of time together.

After he was transferred to San Antonio, Tuar and Tekoa drifted apart and Tekoa left several years later. Tuar has remained in Texas since.

Since his move to Texas in April 2004, young male Tuar has opened his mouth towards trainers on a few occasions while in the water with him. This behaviour seems to present itself when sequences are predictable, and has been during solo waterwork only.

Although he is quite dominant for a male orca, and thus higher ranked. Tuar, as well as aby other orca, displays stereotypical behaviours such as repeatedly banging his head against the side of the tank or peeling off the paint and chewing concrete, which is why his teeth are in poor condition.

In 2010, Tuar ate a foreign object and had to undergo an endoscopy. The object was never found.

Today, Tuar is 18 years old and still resides at Sea World's San Antonio park.

Caption (revised) and video edit: @cetacean_videos
Video credits: wetsuit_up, seaworld_texas_whales, tilikum16

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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Kina, the false killer whale, is one of the many unfortunate cetaceans to be confined to a captive environment. For nearly 2 years, Kina has been living in a tank the size of a hotel swimming pool at Sea Life Park in Hawaii.

Kina was captured and torn away from her pod back in 1987, during a massive killing expedition on Iki Island, in which Japanese fisherman massacred thousands of dolphins. Very few of the dolphins were selected for captivity and a miserable life of being used as entertainment.

Kina was one of the few to be selected for captivity. At first, she had lived in a Hong Kong entertainment park and was soon relocated to a sea pen where she was used in research for the U.S Navy and University of Hawaii.
In her sea pen, she had two bottlenose dolphins to keep her company and had a decent amount of room to swim, the very least that she deserves.

In 2015, Kina was moved away from her only companions and brought to Sea Life Park in Hawaii. Ever since her relocation, Kina has floated lethargically in a tiny square tank that is reported to be dangerously filthy with no sun coverage.

According to the Animal Welfare Act, It is a requirement that all marine mammals must be provided with shade. Sea Life Park has refused to follow this and it is very likely that Kina suffers severe burns.
Oddly enough, Sea Life Park keeps Kina completely out of public view.

Please sign & share the petition in @set_seaworld_orcas_free'z
bio to retire Kina to an accredited sea sanctuary before it's too late. A life in a tank is a life definitely not worth living.

Rp: @set_seaworld_orcas_free

Today, June 22nd 2017, marks Tuar's 18th birthday. Happy (?) birthday Tuar!

Tuar was born to Tilikum* and Kalina* at SeaWorld Orlando on June 22, 1999. As Tuar was born to Tilikum, who was an Icelandic orca, and Kalina, who was a mixture of her Icelandic mother Katina, and her southern resident father, Winston*, this makes Tuar a hybrid, who's 75% Icelandic and 25% southern resident.

Earlier the 2000's, at sea world Florida a trainer was retrieving an article from the back of the mouth, Tuar clamped down on the trainer's arm and held tight for several moments.

In 2000 Tuar was involved in one swim over a surfaced trainer during waterwork with another young male, Tekoa. He did respond to a recall after two attempts.

In November 2000, another male orca was born who was named Tekoa. Tekoa's mother, Taima, a female orca known for her aggression towards her calves and other orcas, became aggressive towards him and he was soon also being raised by Tuar's mother, Kalina. The two became very close and spent a lot of time together.

After he was transferred to San Antonio, Tuar and Tekoa drifted apart and Tekoa left several years later. Tuar has remained in Texas since.

Since his move to Texas in April 2004, young male Tuar has opened his mouth towards trainers on a few occasions while in the water with him. This behaviour seems to present itself when sequences are predictable, and has been during solo waterwork only.

Although he is quite dominant for a male orca, and thus higher ranked. Tuar, as well as aby other orca, displays stereotypical behaviours such as repeatedly banging his head against the side of the tank or peeling off the paint and chewing concrete, which is why his teeth are in poor condition.

In 2010, Tuar ate a foreign object and had to undergo an endoscopy. The object was never found.

Today, Tuar is 18 years old and still resides at Sea World's San Antonio park.

Caption (revised) and video edit: @cetacean_videos
Video credits: wetsuit_up, seaworld_texas_whales, tilikum16

Today, June 22nd 2017, marks Tuar's 18th birthday. Happy (?) birthday Tuar!

Tuar was born to Tilikum* and Kalina* at SeaWorld Orlando on June 22, 1999. As Tuar was born to Tilikum, who was an Icelandic orca, and Kalina, who was a mixture of her Icelandic mother Katina, and her southern resident father, Winston*, this makes Tuar a hybrid, who's 75% Icelandic and 25% southern resident.

Earlier the 2000's, at sea world Florida a trainer was retrieving an article from the back of the mouth, Tuar clamped down on the trainer's arm and held tight for several moments.

In 2000 Tuar was involved in one swim over a surfaced trainer during waterwork with another young male, Tekoa. He did respond to a recall after two attempts.

In November 2000, another male orca was born who was named Tekoa. Tekoa's mother, Taima, a female orca known for her aggression towards her calves and other orcas, became aggressive towards him and he was soon also being raised by Tuar's mother, Kalina. The two became very close and spent a lot of time together.

After he was transferred to San Antonio, Tuar and Tekoa drifted apart and Tekoa left several years later. Tuar has remained in Texas since.

Since his move to Texas in April 2004, young male Tuar has opened his mouth towards trainers on a few occasions while in the water with him. This behaviour seems to present itself when sequences are predictable, and has been during solo waterwork only.

Although he is quite dominant for a male orca, and thus higher ranked. Tuar, as well as aby other orca, displays stereotypical behaviours such as repeatedly banging his head against the side of the tank or peeling off the paint and chewing concrete, which is why his teeth are in poor condition.

In 2010, Tuar ate a foreign object and had to undergo an endoscopy. The object was never found.

Today, Tuar is 18 years old and still resides at Sea World's San Antonio park.

Caption (revised): @shut.down.captivity

Yesterday, June 20th 2017, marked the 2nd anniversary of Freya's death.

Freya was captured in Iceland in October 1982 with several other orcas. They were all transferred to Harfnarfjordur Aquarium to await sail. Freya spent 5 months there before being purchased by Marineland France. She and a young male orca named Kim 2, whom she was captured with, arrived on March 6th, 1983.

Upon arriving to Marineland, Freya met Betty, the resident matriarch, and Betty exerted her dominance over Freya, but they slowly became close. After Betty's death in 1987, Freya became dominant matriarch of the Marineland pod.

Over the next few years, Freya became sexually mature. Despite several pregnancies, none resulted in a living calf. It was discovered that she had a small tumour on the left side of her body. It was promptly removed, leaving a small white dot of a scar. After the removal of the tumour, Freya became pregnant and gave birth to a healthy son in 1996. He was named Valentin because he was born on Valentine's Day.

Freya had since struggled with severe depression and was given medication, as well as birth control. She was taken off birth control in hopes of being artificially inseminated, and although the procedure had been done several times, she did not become pregnant.

Similar to other captive orcas, Freya too has shown aggression against trainers.
In the early 2000s, Freya aggressively pushes and mouths trainer John Hargrove for about 15 minutes.

As the matriarch and dominant orca, she would decide if the show will go on. In several instances, Freya has refused to perform, and the others do as she does, resulting in no show.

On September 9, 2008 Freya began acting oddly in the middle of the show then pulled an unidentified trainer under the water. The trainer resurfaced after a few seconds only for Freya to return and begin jumping on top of the man. After landing on top of her trainer twice, she began to push him through and under the water. The trainer tried to regain control of the situation by climbing on the orca's back but was thrown off. However the trainer menaged to climb out of the tank.

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Caption revised by @shut.down.captivity

Guys, I could really use some support on this video, I uploaded this awesome Earth Day Montage months ago, and only 3 people have seen it, while I mostly watched it about 16 times, I could really use some support in this video please, the link is down below

https://youtu.be/0AsJCdXs4vo

#Repost @shut.down.captivity (@get_repost)
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IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED
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After months of going through hearings, the Canadian government is getting ready to vote on a historic bill that would end cetacean captivity in the country. Bill S-203 would make it illegal for aquariums to hold whales, dolphins, and porpoises for entertainment purposes, but it would also exempt rescued individuals who would be unable to return to the wild. It is also important to note that if the senate does not vote in favor of the bill, the unrestricted import and export of wild-caught cetaceans in Canada can continue. Despite this there is still a heavy pushback from captivity proponents, causing some senators to back down from supporting this act. It is now time to make your mark.
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Please follow the link in my bio to sign a letter in support of Bill S-203, not only for the current whales and dolphins in Canada, but for prospective animals in the future. Sign, spread the word, and make your voice heard!
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Caption: @cetaceanawareness
PC: Canada Week, cweek.ca, Copyright 2013

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IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED
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After months of going through hearings, the Canadian government is getting ready to vote on a historic bill that would end cetacean captivity in the country. Bill S-203 would make it illegal for aquariums to hold whales, dolphins, and porpoises for entertainment purposes, but it would also exempt rescued individuals who would be unable to return to the wild. It is also important to note that if the senate does not vote in favor of the bill, the unrestricted import and export of wild-caught cetaceans in Canada can continue. Despite this there is still a heavy pushback from captivity proponents, causing some senators to back down from supporting this act. It is now time to make your mark.
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Please follow the link in my bio to sign a letter in support of Bill S-203, not only for the current whales and dolphins in Canada, but for prospective animals in the future. Sign, spread the word, and make your voice heard!
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Caption: @cetaceanawareness
PC: Canada Week, cweek.ca, Copyright 2013

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In August 2016, SeaWorld announced that Kasatka, the matriarch at SeaWorld San Diego, had been suffering from a bacterial respiratory infection. The park announced that the whale’s chronic health problems were finally taking their toll.

Photographs received by the Dolphin Project just yesterday, appear to show that Kasatka's health is declining.

The photographs, received by the Dolphin Project taken just yesterday are alarming. They were captured as Kasatka and other orcas were being lined up for the administration of medication. The visitor who took them explained:
"When Kasatka lifted her head out of the water her lower jaw looked completely disfigured. She appeared extremely lethargic and did not swim around the pool as she normally would. When a trainer asked her to do a behavior for the crowd she did a pathetic attempt at a spy-hop. She seemed barely able to get her head out of the water. When the trainers were through, they dismissed the group of orcas and they all left except for Kasatka who moved only a few feet from the wall and stayed logging in the same spot until I left. "

Kasatka was captured off the coast of Iceland in 1978. Estimated to be around 39-years-old and has given birth to four calves, Takara in 1991, Nakai in 2001, Kalia in 2004 and Makani in 2013.
Since Kasatka is the matriarch at the park, losing her will almost certainly impact the hierarchy of the remaining orcas at SeaWorld San Diego.

pc: Elizabeth
Rp: @emptyallthetanks

Yet another cetacean has died at the Vancouver Aquarium. Daisy the harbour porpoise— one of the three remaining cetaceans, has died at the premature age of 8. Daisy was a month old when she was rescued in August 2008, but was deemed non-releasable by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Harbour porpoises have an average life expectancy of 24 years (according to NOAA). The cause of death has not yet been released. Now only two cetaceans are left at the aquarium—Helen, a Pacific white-side dolphin, and Chester, a false killer whale.
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Daisy's death comes in the midst of an ongoing debate over the future of cetaceans at the facility. The issue of displaying captive cetaceans at the aquarium began to arise last year after mother and daughter belugas died of an unknown toxin—just nine days apart. However a newly enacted ban now prohibits the Vancouver Aquarium from acquiring new cetaceans and using them for entertainment purposes. Despite the public's general positive attitude towards the ban, the Vancouver Aquarium just launched a legal challenge to try to overturn the bylaw—showing just how money hungry they are. The ban is an excellent step in the right direction and despite what the Vancouver Aquarium claims, rescued cetaceans that are deemed un-releasable will NOT be euthanized. The rescue center is located outside on Stanley Park—where the ban does not apply. Cetaceans will still be rescued and treated—but just won't be moved into Stanley Park to the Vancouver Aquarium where they would have to entertain crowds of tourists.
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Caption: @sevenseasoffreedom
Photos: Vancouver Aquarium

Yesterday, June 17th 2017, marked Keto's 22nd birthday.

In June 17, 1995, 9-year-old Kalina* gave bith to a second calf, a male calf sirded by Kotar*, later known as Keto.

Keto was moved out from his birthplace, Orlando, 3 ½ years after his birth in order to correct his bad habits. However his stay at San Diego was short because 9 months later, he was off to Ohio and then to San Antonio. He was very attached to Kayla and he even fought with Ky over her and in 2004 Keto was reunited with his brother and the two became really close.

Keto was still only five-years-old at the time of this third transfer. He has been moved an alarming number of times and Keto is one of only a few orca to have been kept at all four SeaWorld parks.

On February 13th 2006, Keto was flown to Loro Parque from SeaWorld, Texas, along with another male, Tekoa. At the time, Keto was aged ten and Tekoa only five-years-old. Kohana and Skyla, two females, were also relocated, at the same time, to Tenerife from SeaWorld, Florida. They were aged three and two respectively at time of transfer.

In 2007 Tekoa was performing when Keto raced into the show pool and rammed him and then proceeded to chaise him. When the trainers finally regained control the stage was covered with Tekoa's blood which was visibly seeping from his wounds.

Since Keto’s transfer to Loro Parque, he has sired two calves with Kohana. Adán was born in 2010, when Kohana was only eight-years-old. Adán still resides at the Tenerife facility. Vicky*, conceived only four months after Adán’s birth, was born in 2012 and died at just ten-months of age. Both calves were rejected by their mother, resulting in rearing intervention by park staff.

The first attack occurred in September 1998, when Keto was only three-years-old. Open-mouthed, with his teeth exposed, he pushed his trainer around the pool at SeaWorld, Florida. A similar incident occurred in March 1999, just days after Keto was moved from Florida to SeaWorld, California. Again, open-mouthed, Keto swam into his trainer.
In December 1999, still at SeaWorld, California, Keto snapped at his trainer during a training session.

Caption revised: @shut.down.captivity

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The Dubai government recently announced a huge construction project with plans to include a marine park potentially featuring killer whales, as the concept model indicates.
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Named "Marsa Al Arba", it will involve two artificial islands being built on either side of the Burj Al Arab, the third tallest hotel in the world. Marsa Al Arab will be a 4 million square foot, 6.3 billion dirham development, whose islands will add 2.2 kilometers of beachfront to Dubai.
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One island will be dedicated to entertainment options such as the already-established Wild Wadi Waterpark which will doube in size, a 1,000 seat Marine Park featuring exotic animals and potentially orcas, a 1,700 seat Cirque du Soleil theatre and a pearl museum which will showcase rare and ancient pearls from around the world. The other island will turn into a Maldives-style luxury resort with 140 luxury villas, the addition of 2,400 hotel rooms and 400 new F&B outlets to Dubai.
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In regards to the marine park, all is known is that exotic aquatic animals and fish will be featured. Despite being in the concept model, its unknown if orcas will make an appearance at the park due to severe backlash SeaWorld has faced in recent years.
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Caption: @be_humane
Photo: The National Staff

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