#OrcaAvengers Curated by Delphin Orca.

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All whales in captivity have a bad life It's not just Tilikum ~ LorI Marino Neuroscientist. | #OrcaAvengers | Scoop.it

 All whales in captivity have a bad life— It’s not just Tilikum ~ LorI Marino Neuroscientist #BLACKFISH http://t.co/Ayyorh9CSE

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 91% of the #orcas taken into captivity have died.
#CaptivityKILLS #blackfish http://t.co/l48IdYQhFM

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'Orcas' Rain on SeaWorld's Parade | PETA's Blog | PETA | #OrcaAvengers | Scoop.it

 PETA “orcas” brave cold water and crowds to protest SeaWorld’s blatant attempt to use big bucks to polish its tarnished image.

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Students take SeaWorld to task after viewing documentary - San Diego Community Newspaper Group | #OrcaAvengers | Scoop.it

 Students take SeaWorld to task after viewing documentary
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“Dear Sea World, thank you for all the amazing memories, the Shamu Show, Dolphin Point, the Penguin encounter,” begins the PSA.

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Cetacean Campaigners Of The World. | #OrcaAvengers | Scoop.it

HOME, ACTIVISM, BLOG, CAPTIVITY FREE, DELPHINUS ENTERPRISES, ESCAPE ARTIST MARKETING, MORE… Want a tweet embedded on our site? Tweet us a mention  @VidarOceans or @TitanExplores & it’s done! Cetace…

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Disgusting Scene Shows Why SeaWorld Allegedly Kept A Psychotic Killer Whale - Business Insider. | #OrcaAvengers | Scoop.it

 Disgusting Scene Shows Why SeaWorld Allegedly Kept A Psychotic Killer Whale
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The documentary “Blackfish” tells the story of a killer whale named Tilikum, who has been accused of killing three people but is still retained by SeaWorld.

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Keto and Tilikum Express the Stress of Orca Captivity. | #OrcaAvengers | Scoop.it

In a new study, nearly a year in the making, former SeaWorld trainers Jeffrey Ventre, MD and John Jett, Ph.D, take us deep behind the scenes of Marine parks and their ability to provide environments adequate for keeping killer whales alive in captivity.

Drs Ventre and Jett introduce us to detailed observations and strong statistical calculations that add up to an abundance of evidence that captivity kills orcas, usually at a young age… and that stresses, social tensions and poor health are chronic issues in marine park facilities.

Born from this report, a new statistic called “Mean Duration of Captivity” (MDC), drawn from diverse credible sources, allows overall comparisons with free-ranging orcas and reveals a shockingly low average longevity in captivity.

In this research paper, which can also be viewed and downloaded in its’ entiretyHERE  or en español, you’ll see the precursors and symptoms of stresses in orcas in captivity, illustrated with powerful photos. The authors invite students, teachers and the public to share these images and use them in their reports and projects.

As former orca trainers, and now a medical doctor and biology professor respectively, Drs Ventre and Jett have a perspective that has not been heard in the intensifying debate about captivity for orcas:

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Why is SeaWorld Still Using 'Killer' Whale Featured in 'Blackfish' to Breed? - One Green Planet. | #OrcaAvengers | Scoop.it

SeaWorld has been embroiled in a never-ending line of controversies this year. First of all, there was the release of the documentary film Blackfish, which painted a scathing critique of the suffering endured by their captive whales. Then came the announcement that they were building an underwater treadmill for their orcas, in what appears to have been a publicity-fueled attempt to make their captive state seem more acceptable. And let’s not forget their 27-foot Thanksgiving Day float that has beenslammed by marine activists.

And now Samantha Berg, a former employee of SeaWorld’s Orlando theme park (who also appeared in Blackfish) has accused them of putting human lives at risk in order to boost their profits.

Her complaint involves Tilikum, a 23-foot long bull orca who was captured off the coast of Iceland in 1983 and has sired 21 calves – eleven of whom are still alive. Tilikum drowned SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010 and was also connected with two other deaths: that of Katie Lee Byrne at Sealand of the Pacific in 1991, and Daniel Dukes at Orlando in 1999.

Berg is claiming that SeaWorld is continuing to collect Tilikum’s sperm and using it to impregnate females, and that several of his offspring – including Kyuquot, who attacked a trainer in Texas during the nineties – have displayed violent tendencies.

“(H)e should never have been allowed to breed. It’s completely unethical to breed an animal that’s shown a history of aggression. It comes down to money – killer whales are worth millions so you are not going to put one down,” said Berg. She also states that SeaWorld misled staff over the deaths of Tilikum’s first two victims and overturned a rule that trainers were not to have direct contact with him in 2008 – a decision that may have been a causatory factor in Brancheau’s death two years later.

Berg implies that the stress and frustration experienced by orcas when they are forced to live in captivity – depicted so clearly in Blackfish – may have caused Tilikum to become violent. “What I wonder about Dawn is if she ever knew that Tilikum had a history of pulling people in … he reacts out of frustration and boredom after being cooped up since he was two years old.”

One thing is certain: the concept of keeping these creatures in a state of captivity and forcing them to perform tricks needs to be urgently re-evaluated, before even more lives are lost.

Tilikum Image Source: Milan Boers/Flickr

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Scientists unraveling mystery of Orcas in race to save them. | #OrcaAvengers | Scoop.it

 Scientists are finalizing an official report summarizing everything we know about Orcas, with special focus on the last 10 years since NOAA has been intently researching.

Via Gaye Rosier

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#Documents reveal date of #Tilikum's #capture | #OrcaAvengers | Scoop.it

 Tilikum, SeaWorld’s prime bull orca was captured off the coast of Iceland in November 1983. Now newly released documents finally pin down Tilikum’s capture date and his exact location at the time of capture.

Via Wildlife Defence Marian Locksley

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30 Years and Three Deaths: Tilikum's Tragic Story. | #OrcaAvengers | Scoop.it

 Learn Tilikum’s sad history of capture, confinement, stress, and frustration and the deaths that have resulted. (.@SavannahGuthrie @nbc When #SeaWorld’s float came thru, did u mention THIS abt #killerwhales?

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Another 'Blackfish' Black Eye for SeaWorld: Teens Plea for Park to Free ... - TakePart | #OrcaAvengers | Scoop.it

 Another ‘Blackfish’ Black Eye for SeaWorld: Teens Plea for Park to Free …
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In the subsequent 30 years, the 12,000-pound marine mammal has sired 54 percent of SeaWorld’s current orcas.) “Is it true their life span is shortened in captivity?

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@VidarOceans Infiltration Amphibian. | #OrcaAvengers | Scoop.it

 Protecting the Oceans.@VidarOceans Yes, I do commit so called breach of the peace when i see #Shark #fin #soup ordered in a restaurant & always will! #SavetheSharks — Vidar Oceanus Maybe one day, Humankind will learn that of all the animals in the World we were the destroyers of our one & only Planet!

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SeaWorld fights to get trainers back in tanks with killer whales - 10News | #OrcaAvengers | Scoop.it

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SeaWorld fights to get trainers back in tanks with killer whales
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Animal rights activists argue that the orcas belong only in the wild.

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Killer whales: Court weighs lifting ban on trainer-orca contact - Los Angeles Times | #OrcaAvengers | Scoop.it

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Killer whales: Court weighs lifting ban on trainer-orca contact
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In 2010 at the Orlando park, killer whale Tilikum snatched trainer Dawn Brancheau from a platform and thrashed her around underwater until she died.

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SeaWorld appeals penalty, restrictions imposed after trainer's death - McClatchy Washington Bureau | #OrcaAvengers | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — Florida’s SeaWorld has a killer whale of a case coming before an influential court.

Represented by a high-powered attorney with a famous pedigree, SeaWorld is challenging a federal penalty imposed after the February 2010 death of trainer Dawn Brancheau. The veteran trainer died after being dragged underwater by Tilikum, a bull orca based at SeaWorld’s Orlando, Fla. facility.

Animal rights activists and corporate officials alike are watching closely, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit prepares for the crucial oral arguments Tuesday. More than a monetary fine is on the line.

“There are certainly broader implications for SeaWorld,” Jared Goodman, an attorney for the PETA Foundation, an animal rights group, said in an interview Friday. “They’re continuing to fight this, because they are trying to get their trainers back into the water with the whales.”

The 30-minute argument Tuesday morning will itself be a bit of a show, as the appellate court has relocated it to the Georgetown University Law Center. Eugene Scalia, the Labor Department’s former top lawyer and the son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, is representing SeaWorld.

Substantively, the case involves the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s response to Brancheau’s death. OSHA, which is part of the Labor Department, imposed what’s now a $12,000 penalty, as well as additional safety requirements. The company’s appeal of the OSHA penalty was directed to the D.C.-based appellate court.

For SeaWorld, part of a larger company that includes Busch Gardens, the proposed fine amounts to a drop in the bucket. More troublesome for the company is the Labor Department’s accompanying order prohibiting “close contact” between its staff and killer whales during performances. If it remains intact, that prohibition could sap some of the crowd-thrilling zing at SeaWorld shows.

“For us the case is about the safety of our trainers and the welfare of our animals. The ways in which we interact with these whales is critical for both,” Fred Jacobs, a vice president at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, said in an email Friday. “It really comes down to what SeaWorld has done every day for nearly 50 years; share killer whales with our guests in ways that are enriching, educational and inspiring.”

More broadly still, the case could set a precedent for other regulatory actions that involve workplace protections and responsibilities. Rulings by the D.C. circuit court can be influential because they cover the broad range of federal government administrative actions.

The case involves the so-called “general duty clause” of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which requires employers to provide “a place of employment which (is) free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.” A key question is whether SeaWorld violated this duty in having a 120-pound trainer become so intimate with a 12,000-pound, 22-foot-long marine mammal.

“On rare occasions, killer whales can be dangerous,” Scalia and his colleagues acknowledged in a legal brief. “SeaWorld has taken extraordinary measures to control that risk. But it cannot eliminate it while facilitating the interaction between humans and whales that is integral to its mission.”

On Feb. 24, 2010, the 40-year-old Brancheau was leading a routine afternoon show at SeaWorld’s Shamu Stadium. As subsequently recounted by the Labor Department, she was reclining on a platform a few inches below the surface of the water. Tilikum was supposed to mimic her behavior by rolling onto his back. Instead, Tilikum grabbed Brancheau and pulled her off the platform into the pool.

“She could not break free,” one witness, John Topoleski, subsequently testified.

Tilikum held on to Brancheau for about 45 minutes before other trainers could coerce the animal into a smaller pool and retrieve the trainer’s battered body. It wasn’t the first such fatality attributed to Tilikum.

In February 1991, while housed in Canada, Tilikum grabbed a trainer by the thigh and kept submerging her. Witnesses estimated that the trainer was “conscious for anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour” before drowning, Labor Department attorneys subsequently recounted. The next year, SeaWorld bought Tilikum and moved the animal to Orlando, where officials instituted special safety procedures.

“SeaWorld’s training program is highly detailed, well-communicated and intensive. Yet it cannot remove the element of unpredictability inherent in working with killer whales,” Administrative Law Judge Ken S. Welsch subsequently wrote.

In appealing, SeaWorld contends that it shouldn’t be required to eliminate all risk associated with an activity that’s essential to the company’s work, any more than the Labor Department could “post speed limits at Daytona or require two-hand touch in the NFL.”

The Labor Department countered with a recitation of troubling incidents involving SeaWorld’s killer whales, concluding that the company’s reliance on “operant conditioning” and safety protocols are “ineffective at protecting trainers from the risks of close contact with killer whales.” Instead, Labor officials want SeaWorld trainers to work behind barriers or maintain safe distances between themselves and the whales, moves that SeaWorld fears would undermine the show.
Read more here:http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/11/08/208015/seaworld-appeals-penalty-restrictions.html#storylink=cpy

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How to Become an Environmentally Safe Diver - DIVE.in | #OrcaAvengers | Scoop.it

 With an increase in people taking up scuba diving there has also been an increase in eco problems. However divers can become environmentally friendly.

Via Kathy Dowsett

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