*This page is dedicated to the memory of Tilikum*
Please watch the above video. It denotes the stark contrast between wild and captive cetaceans.
ALL cetaceans in captivity are suffering, badly. It is unethical for dolphins and whales (orcas and belugas) to be forced into a life of servitude for those who seek to capitalize from their hardworking misery.
THIS IS NOT EDUCATIONAL, AND IS SENDING THE WRONG MESSAGE TO FUTURE GENERATIONS!
MAN'S EXERTION OF DOMINANCE OVER ANOTHER SPECIES IS NOT EDUCATION, IT IS BARBARITY; AND IT MUST STOP!!
(A BIG THANK YOU TO SCUBA FILM FACTORY FOR THE USE OF THEIR BRILLIANT CINEMATOGRAPHY!)
As we add more photos to this gallery, viewers will undoubtedly note the obvious suffering, abuse and mistreatment of captive killer whales. The injuries sustained by captive whales (physical, mental and psychological) as a result of living in concrete prison cells, are certainly clear and concise. Wild killer whales can live to be 100 years old. (females) Only in rare cases will captive orcas live to see their 20th birthday. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then these images are worth millions....which is why the ORCAforce2020 producers are working tirelessly to bring much-needed awareness to the masses!
PLEASE..... DON'T BUY A TICKET. Every ticket sold is another signature on their respective death warrants.
Captivity = imprisonment
Morgan in her 'transition tank', in the Dolfinarium Harderwijk in the Netherlands before her transfer to Loro Parque in Tenerife. She spent 14 months in this tank, alone.
Damage to Morgan's rostrum (nose) from chewing concrete and metal. Loro Parque, Tenerife. *Photo courtesy of Free Morgan Foundation
Different photos of Morgan suffering distress in captivity. Morgan is the target of constant harrassment by the two dominant females at Loro Parque. Dr. Ingrid Visser is working TIRELESSLY for Morgan's release and rehabilitation. Loro Parque, Tenerife. *Photo courtesy of Free Morgan Foundation
Morgan, chewing the sides of her tank out of sheer boredom. Loro Parque, Tenerife. *Photo courtesy of Free Morgan Foundation
Morgan chewing the metal gates that separate tanks. Loro Parque, Tenerife. *Photo courtesy of Free Morgan Foundation
Damage to Morgan's teeth at different time periods. Loro Parque, Tenerife. *Photo courtesy of Free Morgan Foundation
Skin damage from chewing her tank and the metal bars of the gates. Loro Parque, Tenerife. *Photo courtesy of Free Morgan Foundation
Kasatka was imprisoned at SeaWorld, San Diego. Due to an undisclosed virus, Kasatka had to be euthanized, as the virus was literally eating her alive.
Nearly five decades in a tiny fishbowl...
Lolita's 'Home' For 4+ Decades
Lolita has been in this tank, the smallest tank in the world, for 30 years. She has not seen another killer whale since her partner Hugo committed suicide, by ramming his head against the side of the tank. This is NOT 'normal' orca behavior.
Lolita (aka Tokitae, her given name, has been in captivity in the smallest orca tank in the world, for more than 30 years. She was captured in 1970. *Photo Courtesy of Orca Network
Is it believable, that if given the choice, she'd be doing this? Or swimming in her home waters with her family, from whom she was stolen more than four decades ago?
Is This Acceptable?
Captivity is not happiness; it is sheer misery for these beautiful and intelligent sentient cetaceans. This is not necessary, for ANY reason.
Forcing orcas to perform despite obvious injuries is NOT in their best interest of the whales - whch is whyw we call them 'abusement parks'.
Collapsed dorsal fins occur in 100% of all males in captivity. It is a result of gravitational pull from being confined to a shallow tank for long periods of time.
100% of captive male orcas have collapsed dorsal fins, as opposed to fewer than 1% of wild males. Gravitational pull from shallow tanks is to blame.
Confined to a tank for most of his 36+ years, Tilikum was the largest bull orca in captivity. He had MANY problems; including killing three people over the course of his life in captivity. Sadly, he died a prisoner of Seaworld on January 6th, 2017. He will always be remembered as the orca who started the revolution.
Lonely, bored and trapped. Concrete tanks are no place for orcas like Kshamenk.
Loro Parque, Spain. Is this really necessary? Wild orca do not have to endure endoscopy procedures!
What happens when orcas are all thrown together, in one tank - this injury was sustained from another orca's aggression.
Unna died on December 21st 2015, just days before her 19th birthday, of a long bout with Candida. Read more about her death here: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/12/23/unna_killer_whale_died_at_seaworld_san_antonio_this_week.html
'Free Willy' star Keiko in a rehabilitation tank, before his release.
Keiko, enjoying his tank-free life. The only orca successfully rehabilitated and released back into the Icelandic waters of his birth. Keiko swam 1,000 miles from Iceland to Norway over the course of a year.
If the tables were turned.....
Don't Buy A Ticket
Please... don't buy a ticket, it's time to #emptythetanks and #endcaptivity, once & for all!
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