In 1993 two scientists from san francisco state university conducted an experiment on two female captive killer whales at marine world africa, u.s.a, to see if they used echolocation when presented with live fish. 25-year-old yaka and 14-year-old vigga were both captured from the wild at approximately a year old and had spent almost their entire lives being hand-fed frozen fish. despite having not seen or interacted with a live fish for the duration of their confinement, both females used echolocation while in pursuit of their target and were able to capture and eat live fish successfully. this is particularly impressive considering the incredibly young age the pair were captured from the wild. one-year-old calves are still milk-dependent and far from mastering the hunting skills necessary for survival. this study proves some captive orcas are still capable of hunting and catching live fish despite a lack of practice and exposure to fish.
Seaworld’s involvement in wild cetacean captures: taiji dolphin drives (part 3 of 3)
in 1983, seaworld applied for a permit to import two wild caught false killer whales from kamagowa seaworld. this further proves that seaworld was involved and profited from the taiji dolphin drives.
teri and suki were both captured in taiji in february 1983, and imported to seaworld san diego in 1984. not only does this prove that seaworld was involved with captures, it also solidifies don goldsberry as a former, formal employee of seaworld inc, listed as director of collecting, which the marine park has previously denied.
seaworld has had 14 wild caught false killer whales in the past. all 14 of those animals are from japan. the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th slides are the emails between kamagowa seaworld and seaworld inc.
tourists dangling fish in front of hungry, captive dolphins? while many aquariums in the united states have already shut down their dolphin petting pools (citing their inherently abusive and unsafe nature), these dolphin exhibits still exist in many parts of the world. learn more and say no to the captive dolphin show by clicking the link in our instagram story. #dolphinproject#thanksbutnotanks
Tourists dangling fish in front of hungry, captive dolphins? while many aquariums in the united states have already shut down their dolphin petting pools (citing their inherently abusive and unsafe nature), these dolphin exhibits still exist in many parts of the world. learn more and say no to the captive dolphin show by clicking the link in our instagram story. #dolphinproject#thanksbutnotanks
25 years ago today the iconic and classic movie free willy premiered in theatres. a quarter of a century ago, this film showed us the dangers of cetacean captivity, as well as the notion that marine amusement parks are an ethical form of entertainment is a misguided one. keiko - the orca that played willy - instilled a love of the ocean and its amazing mammals in many children and adults alike. however, he didn’t just get to go home in the movie. keiko was eventually released back into the wild in real life as well. it’s time all cetaceans are retired from these concrete prisons, and allowed to live out the remainder of their years in seaside sanctuaries. be the change now more than ever. don’t but a ticket.