More than 300 beluga whales and 60 orcas remain captive in aquariums around the world, with recent films such as Blackfish highlighting the ethics of breeding them for entertainment. The stress can be even more dire for ageing whales that are no longer able to perform for audiences but remain doomed to live out their […]
On December 24, 1991, a male orca named Kyuquot was born at the rundown Sealand of the Pacific aquarium in British Columbia, Canada. Decades later, he remains captive—his prison now is SeaWorld San Antonio. The Early Years Kyuquot was born to mother Haida II and father Tilikum, whose own tragic life was revealed to millions […]
The young adult male dolphin became wrapped in a crayfish line with a buoy attached off Tutukaka on Monday morning. Dr Ingrid Visser from the Orca Research Trust followed him on a boat today with a team and twice unsuccessfully tried to untangle him. “Eventually he went into shallow enough water… We managed to hook […]
Orcas dream We dream of oceans, Not swimming pools. Where we can live by Our own, Not human Rules. We dream of our pods. Our unbreakable bonds, That spread over the seas, And far beyond. Happy world orca every day as we send props to these giant dolphins!!!
Conservationists are applauding Canada for announcing it will be taking some important steps towards protecting an increasingly endangered family of orcas living in the Pacific Northwest. These unique orcas, who are otherwise known as the Southern Resident killer whales, have gained increasing attention in recent years as they move closer and closer to extinction. Even […]
Loro Parque is the marine mammal park where an orca named Morgan once beached herself in a suicide attempt after thrashing her head against a metal gate and chewing on concrete. Orcas, like all animals, do not belong in captivity. They are social animals who live in tight-knit matrilineal pods in the wild, but in […]
While the world continues to turn against keeping whales and dolphins in captivity, animal advocates are hopeful Canada will be next to make it illegal following a crucial vote to pass legislation that will ban the practice. The legislation, Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act (S-203), would effectively phase out captivity by banning […]
Like too many captive orcas before her, Kayla, who was the second oldest born in captivity, never got to experience freedom outside of a small tank. The 30-year-old orca died much too young at SeaWorld Orlando on Jan. 28 after a sudden illness. When Kayla started showing signs of discomfort two days before she died, […]