Were you horrified by the photographs of the recent bottlenose dolphin captures in Taiji?
|Taiji drive hunt January 2014|
|Penn Cove drive hunt 1970|
Those wild caught orca listed below have more than served their time, there is no retirement, no release plan, at the moment the only way those orca will ever escape is to leave in the same way as every other captive orca has - dead!
There is nothing educational about seeing these creatures in a tank. The cetaceans you see in tanks are shadows of the animals they are supposed to be. Unless something is done, they will never again feel the tide on their skin, they will never play hide and seek in the kelp, they will never surf a wave again, they will never swim in straight lines for miles, just because they can and they will never again see a live fish or try to catch one.
Is your entertainment really worth that??
Argentina - Mundo Marino Kshamenk captured Oct 1978 36 years in a tank
Canada - Marineland Kiska captured Oct 1981 33 years in a tank
France - Marineland Freya captured Oct 1982 32 years in a tank
Japan Port of Nagoya Bingo captured Nov 1984 30 years in a tank
Japan Port of Nagoya Stella captured Oct 1987 27 years in a tank
Spain - Loro Parque Morgan captured Jun 2010 4 years in a tank
USA - Miami Seaquarium Lolita captured Aug 1970 44 years in a tank
Seaworld - Corky 2 captured Dec 1969 44 years in a tank
Kasatka captured Oct 1978 36 years in a tank
Ulises captured Nov 1980 34 years in a tank
Katina captured Oct 1978 36 years in a tank
Tilikum captured Nov 1983 31 years in a tank
Russia Narnia captured Aug 2012 2 years in a tank
7 others captured Sept 2013
20 Wild caught orca's were ripped from their homes and families in exactly the same way as the dolphins in Taiji. Many countries had them on display in the 70's when the world was ignorant of their plight.
In the early days of captures we were ignorant of orca and their needs. Research started on wild orca as the aquariums struggled to keep the orca alive and many died. As that research progressed though scientists across the globe realized that there were family bond, languages, matriarchal systems in the wild pods. They realized that there orca stayed with their mothers for life, they looked after disabled members of the pod and they were curious and playful despite being top ocean predators.
As wild research progressed the realization of what was happening in the tanks started to dawn on many people. There were accidents, incidents, fights, deaths, stillborns, depression, and those who studied and worked with them as in Ted Griffin the original captor of Namu knew it was wrong and needed to come to an end. The marine parks however felt differently, this was now a multi million dollar business, there were not prepared to give up their star attractions and as wild capturing became banned, then the breeding and inbreeding to keep their tanks full and their paying visitors started, and the fight began.
Two new phrases were coined - pro-cap and anti-cap, those who wanted the cetaceans free and back where they belong and those who wanted to keep them performing tricks for their amusement.
That fight is still ongoing today.
First posted on CCSBTS on 22nd Jan 2014
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