A very powerful movement is underway as lummi nation, other indigenous communities and non-indigenous allies are ramping up the pressure to free the last remaining salish sea orca who has been in captivity for 47 years and return her to her home. tokitae (aka lolita) was one of dozens of other orca whales, many of them very young, who were captured and sold to amusement parks in the 1960's and early 1970's. though this practice was banned in the united states in 1972, these orca whales often live long lives and many had survived for decades in these aquariums and theme parks. today, tokitae is the final remaining salish orca still alive in captivity and she has been living in a small tank at the miami seaquarium in florida for 47 years.
lummi nation and others have joined a growing call to finally bring tokitae home to her ancestral waters, where her mother is still alive along with many of her relatives. this may, the house of tears carvers of lummi nation, led by brothers jewell and doug james, will be traveling once again on a totem pole journey, across the west coast and southern states to the final destination of miami, florida. the carvers have been working on a tokitae totem pole to be taken to miami and to be used to rally communities to support tokitae's return to her ancestral waters. lummi, in collaboration with scientists and specialist, have been working on a rehabilitation program for tokitae once she is returned to the salish sea. this program includes a sanctuary in a large, private cove on orcas island, where the orca can be reacclimated to the salish waters and rehabilitated to her homelands. @bringtokitaehome for more information on donating to the cause.
page is ran by @mackenzie.erin.a. as her father is joining the lummi nation as their photographer.
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peace ❤❤❤ lets return tokitae to our sacred waters of the salish sea. #thanksbutnotanks#fuckseaworld
"beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself" - max erhmann "the desiderata"
i hate swimming without fins, i feel weak and inept in the water without the added assistance. i've never considered myself a strong swimmer, just good enough to keep myself alive. so when @j.cripe suggested i try to swim to the bottom without fins i told him no. fortunately he talked me into it and i was thrilled when i managed about 50' unassisted by a rope to pull down, or fins, or weights. that's a major personal accomplishment considering 2 years ago i couldn't make it past 10'. but when i watched the video later all i could point out was how bad my form is, or how i shouldn't be that excited about it because other people can dive much farther than me. it's important to remember to celebrate every milestone and accomplishment. sure, plenty of other people are better than me, but the only thing that matters is that tomorrow i'll be better than yesterday's kirsten.
From @maestro320 - "international dolphins day 🐬"
this amazing footage was filmed on location in and around oahu, hawai'i courtesy of the underwater creative director at last breath film @lastbreathfilm , underwater photographer and cinematographer, perrin james @perrinjames1 featuring chinese freediver and model, qy @xssister - 火山、大海、夕阳和可爱的小伙伴 / volcano, sea, sunset and cute little companion. 🎹🎵 flower by moby re-edit: @maestro320
🔵the spinner dolphin (stenella longirostris) is a small dolphin found in off-shore tropical waters around the world. it is famous for its acrobatic displays in which it spins along its longitudinal axis as it leaps through the air. it is a member of the family delphinidae of toothed whales.
spinner dolphins are small cetaceans with a slim build. adults are typically 129–235 cm long and reach a body mass of 23–79 kg.this species has an elongated rostrum and a triangular or subtriangular dorsal fin.spinner dolphins generally have tripartite color patterns. the dorsal area is dark gray, the sides light gray, and the underside pale gray or white. also, a dark band runs from the eye to the flipper, bordered above by a thin, light line. however, the spinner dolphin has more geographic variation in form and coloration than other cetaceans. in the open waters of eastern pacific, dolphins have relatively small skulls with short rostra. a dwarf form of spinner dolphin occurs around southeast asia. in these same subspecies, a dark dorsal cape dims their tripartite color patterns. further offshore, subspecies tend to have a paler and less far-reaching cape. in certain subspecies, some males may have upright fins that slant forward. some populations of spinner dolphin found in the eastern pacific have bizarre backwards-facing dorsal fins, and males can have strange humps and upturned caudal flukes.