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07

Mar

A California lawmaker will introduce a bill on Friday that would make orca shows illegal — one that is specifically meant to affect the 10 captive orcas at SeaWorld San Diego, the only California facility that has whales.

A California lawmaker will introduce a bill on Friday that would make orca shows illegal — one that is specifically meant to affect the 10 captive orcas at SeaWorld San Diego, the only California facility that has whales.

18

Jan

stopkillingourworld:

Eyak and his Alaskan family, the world’s most contaminated creatures

Unique Alaskan Orcas Slip Toward Extinction.


So when the last Chugach transients pass from this earth, their language will disappear with them. Eyak’s jawbone, the actual and the artistically rendered, thus speaks to us from out of its great silence. We might also think of it as listening for our response. It reminds us of the fragility of life on our planet – that of other beings who share it with us – and our own. We are not representatives of our kind, but individuals, with stories to live and tell and pass on.
What story will we leave behind of our human tenure on earth? Eyak’s bones are what poet W.S. Merwin called: “a single irreducible warning.” They are also a reminder of our responsibilities, our interdependence, our common fate.
Wow, this is a sad one.

stopkillingourworld:

Eyak and his Alaskan family, the world’s most contaminated creatures

So when the last Chugach transients pass from this earth, their language will disappear with them. Eyak’s jawbone, the actual and the artistically rendered, thus speaks to us from out of its great silence. We might also think of it as listening for our response. It reminds us of the fragility of life on our planet – that of other beings who share it with us – and our own. We are not representatives of our kind, but individuals, with stories to live and tell and pass on.

What story will we leave behind of our human tenure on earth? Eyak’s bones are what poet W.S. Merwin called: “a single irreducible warning.” They are also a reminder of our responsibilities, our interdependence, our common fate.

Wow, this is a sad one.

10

Jan


 Orcas free after being trapped in ice in Quebec 



A pod of orcas captured the world’s attention after being trapped in the ice of Hudson Bay. The good news? They’ve managed to escape.
A pod of orcas captured the world’s attention after being trapped in the ice of Hudson Bay. The good news? They’ve managed to escape.

21

Nov

Dog chases stick, orca chases dogNew Zealander captures video of dog being chased by orca whale in water and of diver swimming towards shore upon seeing the whale.

Dog chases stick, orca chases dog
New Zealander captures video of dog being chased by orca whale in water and of diver swimming towards shore upon seeing the whale.

14

Feb

Marine biologist Nancy Black pleads not guilty to illegally feeding killer whalesGovernment alleges she offered gray whale blubber to orcas in Monterey Bay and lied to prosecutors about a humpback whale encounter.

Marine biologist Nancy Black pleads not guilty to illegally feeding killer whales
Government alleges she offered gray whale blubber to orcas in Monterey Bay and lied to prosecutors about a humpback whale encounter.

08

Feb

Court to decide if SeaWorld whales are illegal ‘slaves’A federal court is to decide for the first time whether amusement park animals are protected by the same constitutional rights as humans.

Court to decide if SeaWorld whales are illegal ‘slaves’
A federal court is to decide for the first time whether amusement park animals are protected by the same constitutional rights as humans.

19

Jan

Killer whales are picking off threatened sea lion pupsThe predators are targeting young sea lions due to their limited range of travel.

Killer whales are picking off threatened sea lion pups
The predators are targeting young sea lions due to their limited range of travel.

18

Nov

Possible ponytail dangers on SeaWorld’s radar before drowningMore than a decade before a killer whale drowned a SeaWorld trainer by pulling her into a pool by her ponytail, the park had chosen to ‘desensitize’ the animals to dangling hair rather than ban it.

Possible ponytail dangers on SeaWorld’s radar before drowning
More than a decade before a killer whale drowned a SeaWorld trainer by pulling her into a pool by her ponytail, the park had chosen to ‘desensitize’ the animals to dangling hair rather than ban it.

10

Oct

2 Alaska killer whales dead after swimming in riverTwo of the 3 whales that wandered far up an Alaska river have died, succumbing to stresses associated with being out of their saltwater habitat.

2 Alaska killer whales dead after swimming in river
Two of the 3 whales that wandered far up an Alaska river have died, succumbing to stresses associated with being out of their saltwater habitat.

21

Sep

SeaWorld whale that drowned trainer required special rulesTilikum, the killer whale that drowned his trainer in 2010, was known for refusing to let go of objects he found in his pool.

SeaWorld whale that drowned trainer required special rules
Tilikum, the killer whale that drowned his trainer in 2010, was known for refusing to let go of objects he found in his pool.