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Keep Whales Wild: Messages of Support

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 at 11:45am. 85858 Views, 126 Comments.

Are you tired of seeing whales exploited in aquariums for human "entertainment"?

Have you wondered at the beauty of orcas in their natural habitat and realised just how exploitive that the captive whale industry is?

Do you have a way to help make change that you'd like to share?

Enter your message below ...

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Jason Biggs Takes it all off for Sea World

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 at 9:22am. 2326 Views, 1 Comments.

This anti-SeaWorld video by Jason Biggs pretty much says it all. Hopefully, its popularity will spawn a new wave of celebrity rants against whales in captivity. No one promotes a cause like Hollywood.

Leave your own anti-SeaWorld rant below

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Granny Orca Still Going Strong at 103

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 at 9:44am. 1414 Views, 0 Comments.

Granny Orca Photo and caption information by Simon Pidcock Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching from Cowichan Bay B.C.Born in 1911 and considered to be among the oldest living orcas in the world, if not the oldest; "Granny" was sited on Mothers Day weekend leading J-Pod north into the Straight of Georgia. In spite of the challenges they've had to face with environmental and habitat issues, these Northwest killer whales have adapted.

Whales in captivity on the other hand rarely live to see 50, especially the males who barely make it to 30 years of age. There is an extremely low survival rate for newborn calves. You would think laws against keeping whales in captivity would be a no brainer. It's time to come out of the dark ages people.

Photo by Simon Pidcock Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching from Cowichan Bay B.C.

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Scottish Orca Study Needs Volunteers

Friday, May 9th, 2014 at 10:22am. 2444 Views, 0 Comments.

Ever dreamed of being one of the crew on a famous killer whale research expedition? Well now is your chance to join the team on the 'Silurian', the famous research yacht from the Blue Planet series.Silurian

Although killer whales are found all over the world, usually "Scotland" isn't the first place that comes to mind if you're planning a whale watch. Apparently, there have been enough sightings of a group of orcas dubbed 'The West Coast Community' to merit a research expedition by the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT).

In this mission, the ship will coast the waters between the Mull of Kintyre in the south, Cape Wrath in the north and St. Kilda in the west, studying the various pods and acquiring information that will help ensure future survival of…

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New Reality Show Exposes Seedy Underside of Whales in Captivity

Monday, May 5th, 2014 at 10:28am. 4278 Views, 1 Comments.

Keep whales wild"Blackfish - the Series" - Well not quite, but close. Hollywood has yet another reality show in the works that focuses on whales in captivity and the "Incarceration for Entertainment" Industry. The objective, according to producer Raul Julia Levy of Julia Productions:

“We are looking to enhance visibility of whale captivity as a social issue worldwide” says Julia-Levy." (as quoted by Diane Walsh in an article on

SeaWorld and other aquariums claim that their primary motivation for keeping whales and dolphins is for research and scientific gain. In this series, a team of renowned marine biologists and researchers will visit some of the most high profile aquariums around the world and challenge this viewpoint. Their intent - to expose…

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Help Free Morgan the Orca!

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 10:37am. 1803 Views, 0 Comments.

Free Morgan the Orca

This is another case of a whale out in the wild, captured and exploited for commercial gains. Four years ago, Morgan was discovered, sickly and underfed; she was rescued under the guise of rehabilitating and releasing her back into the wild. Well, that never happened. Although her health improved, Morgan was sent to Loro Parque Zoo, where she floats in a concrete pool, 23 ft. by 65 ft., doing tricks for her meals and only dreaming about her former life swimming free in the ocean.

The Free Morgan Foundation, the Born Free Foundation and British Divers Marine Life Rescue have worked tirelessly to free Morgan, even locating what they believe is her original pod in Norway that she could be reunited with. A recent appeal to the Dutch High Court, was…

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A Vote to End Whales in Captivity in the Vancouver Aquarium

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 10:45am. 4030 Views, 11 Comments.

Dolphin at Vancouver AquariumVancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has been in the news of late, criticizing the practice of keeping whales and dolphins in captivity in the Vancouver Aquarium. Suggestions have been made by members of the city park board to have a referendum and let the citizens vote on the issue.

The aquarium is known for its conservation efforts in British Columbia and was the first institution to commit to no longer capturing wild cetaceans. Their belugas and dolphins, which could never be released into the wild, have a long term home, and in turn help to educate the public and provide valuable scientific information to assist in conserving other similar mammals.

Either way, this is a heated topic, sparked by the release of the Blackfish documentary.

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Denaturing Nature: The Ethics of Animal Entertainment

Friday, April 8th, 2011 at 12:17pm. 6759 Views, 3 Comments.

Have you ever watched a Disney movie like Snow White or Sleeping Beauty and noticed the unusual way that animals and humans interact in the stories? Movies like this usually have many scenes of the heroine of the story engaging with nature in a way that shows “good” animals clamouring to assist or entertain humans. When you watch footage of whales and dolphins performing in aquatic shows, it’s hard not to be struck by the same kind of surrealism.



Anthropomorphism—attributing human traits or motivations to animals—has been standard in stories and myths for millennia, though it can take many forms. Sometimes storybook animals are essentially human—like the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland—while other times they occur as props,…

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