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My Holiday Message to Aquarium Magnates Everywhere

Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 12:39pm. 2917 Views, 0 Comments.

Save Your Business & Save the Whales!

happy whaleThe recent firing of SeaWorld Busch Gardens CEO got me thinking. Hopefully, they won't be replacing him with another like-minded individual, who wants to push harder to make the same mistakes. They really need someone with the creativity to incite a new, innovative business model - not just for SeaWorld, but the animal entertainment industry as a whole.

Similar to Kodak, who had a monopoly on the camera and film industry, but chose to milk their safe business model instead of venturing into uncertain waters. They eventually succumbed to the incredible competition of other companies who chose to invest in the digital future. Ironically, and sadly, Kodak was the original developer of the same digital…

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New Baby Killer Whale is Born at SeaWorld

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 at 10:02am. 2511 Views, 0 Comments.

Kalia, a captive killer whale in SeaWorld San Diego just gave birth to a new baby orca. The calf, still waiting to be named, is approximately 300 to 350 pounds. The birth was captured on the video below. I love how the other whales protect it, swimming beside the little one as it takes off.

Sad that this baby orca couldn't have been born out in the wild - please send positive wishes that it remains healthy.

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Naked Protesters Spice Up the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Friday, November 21st, 2014 at 10:18am. 2702 Views, 0 Comments.

Naked whale protesters at Macys Thanksgiving Parade
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These whale activists will be following along on the route for the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and are determined to be noticed. Naked bodies painted orca black and white will be sending their message against keeping whales in captivity by protesting SeaWorld and marine parks all over the world.

PETA plans on stuffing other volunteers into small tanks, emulating the poor conditions these mammals have to endure.

SeaWorld will have its own float in the parade, but any attempts that have been made to exclude it, have failed. I can't wait to see the crowd reaction.

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Jeff Foster: Whale Hunter Turns Whale Activist

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 at 2:57pm. 2501 Views, 0 Comments.

Jumping orca calfThe other day, I read a bittersweet story about Jeff Foster, former whale hunter, now turned whale activist. It's shocking to see how consumed he was with the hunt, working as a contractor for SeaWorld, he was responsible for the capture of dozens of whales. But, eventually, his values changed and the energy he once put into capturing whales, has since been redirected into saving them.

The Thrill of the Hunt

Growing up in Seattle, Jeff had a veterinarian father.Working with marine animals were a big part of his life, and he dreamed of becoming a whale trainer. Jeff participated in his first whale hunt at the impressionable age of 15. In the 60s, hunting whales in Puget Sound was all the rage, even celebrated by such organizations as National…

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Park Board Drops the Ball with the Vancouver Aquarium

Friday, August 1st, 2014 at 8:59am. 3943 Views, 0 Comments.

killer whales and vancouver aquariumThe Vancouver Park Board has decided that the the Vancouver Aquarium plays a large enough role in the scientific community that its cetecean research should continue. Although whales and dolphins will still be kept in captivity, the aquarium breeding program will end.

The issue of the tanks and alternate forms of habitat such as sea pens for the existing belugas who cannot be released is still up in the air. This is one major point that the Park Board has failed to address. You dropped the ball park board, this was your chance to send a message to all aquariums around the world.

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Speak for the Whales at the Vancouver Aquarium

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 at 10:06am. 1575 Views, 1 Comments.

Public whale referendum Vancouver Aquarium

You can decide the future of whales in captivity!

Have you signed up to speak yet?

The fate of the Vancouver Aquarium hangs in the balance as they await the decision by the Park Board as to the future of their whale and dolphin program. Although leading researchers in the field of cetacean study and animal rescue, the good they have done is overshadowed by their current whale captive program.

The Park Board has the responsibility of reviewing their cetacean program and providing recommendations for its future operation. Now is the time we can influence the future of whales in captivity. This decision could impact all the aquariums on the west coast and set the standard for other facilities throughout the world.

These parties need to come…

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Puget Sound Whales for Sale

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 at 10:23am. 3295 Views, 0 Comments.

captured whale in from Seattle TimesPuget Sound Whales For Sale: The Fight To End Orca Hunting is a heartwrenching documentary by Sandra Pollard describing the history of orca capture in Puget Sound. The book exposes horrible practices that for the time, were not frowned upon. Whales were more of a nuisance, salmon stealers, the Navy in the 60's used them as target practice. Only the Native Americans understood their value and revered them.

The last whale captured from Penn Cove was Lolita, the current subject of a massive campaign because of her undersized tank in the Miami Seaquarium that she has occupied for 44 years.

Although disturbing, the information from Pollard's book gives a fascinating description of the origins of whale captivitiy and the morbid "King Kong"-like…

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Vancouver Aquarium Studies Whales in "Their" Own Backyard

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 9:37am. 1531 Views, 0 Comments.

beluga-baby_275Vancouver Aquarium demonstrates that whales can be studied out of captivity with their new research program north of the Arctic Circle. Specifically Summerset Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, and a common birthing ground for Belugas.

Although resident biologist, Valeria Vergara maintains that their captive program is vital to continued understanding of Belugas, this study will look at external factors and the impact of freighter traffic and noice pollution on whale behaviour. Tourism and oil exploration is on the rise due to increased Arctic ice melting, as a result of global warming.

Currently the future of the Vancouver Aquarium is at risk due to their position that supports keeping whales captive for study and their beluga breeding…

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Vancouver Aquarium - Change the Path Now!

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at 11:17am. 1991 Views, 2 Comments.

Support Compassionate Conservation for Whales & Dolphins

Beluga at Vancouver Aquarium

This was a letter I recently sent to Sarah Blyth and the other members of the Vancouver Park Board Commission about the fate of the Vancouver Aquarium.

Hello Ms. Blyth,

As you know, for the last few months the Vancouver Aquarium has been under public scrutiny for its whale and dolphin program, as have all public aquariums around the world. It was suggested that a public vote should be cast, but the council rejected this offer and has placed the fate of the program on the shoulders of the Park Board.

The real crux of the matter here is that the aquarium was approved for a multi-million dollar expansion that could make or break the future of the facility, effect jobs, and the…

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52 Orcas in Captivity

Friday, May 23rd, 2014 at 10:32am. 2518 Views, 2 Comments.

52_orcas_300Kudos to the Creators of 52 Orcas

Each week the creators of profile a different whale in captivity, in an effort to increase awareness. These whales aren't just numbers, they had families and actual lives before being kidnapped and confined to their watery jail.

Visit to read the complete profile on these orcas or to sign up for regular posts.

Here is the list up to May 18, 2014:

19. Earth: 5 years in captivity, currently found in Kamogawa SeaWorld

18. Unknown: Recent capture of 3 whales to be put on display for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, have been sold to China for their new "Ocean Kingdom" theme park.

17. Kalia: 9 years in captivity, currently being held at SeaWorld San Diego

16. Wikie: 13 years in…

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