Marineland’s Last Remaining Orca #OPSID

Killer whales are highly social; some pods are composed of matrilineal family groups which are the most stable of any animal species. Killer Whales are notable for these complex societies. Only elephants and higher primates, such as humans, live in comparably complex social structures. It is because of these complex social bonds and society that one should wonder why we attempt keep Killer Whales in captivity.

Captivity is about separation and exclusion. It is about the destruction of families and communities. For wild caught animals, many watch their parents and family killed in front of them at a young age so that they won’t be able to put up a fight to defend them from capture. For the animals bred in captivity at Marineland, those parents routinely watch as their offspring suffer and die in infancy.

There are no heart warming stories at Marineland, Niagara Falls, Canada. There are endless sad stories, but none may be more pressing and sad than that of Kiska. Marineland’s last remaining Orca, Kiska was wild caught from Iceland in the 1980’s. At Marineland, Kiska is the longest serving resident and she has seen dozens of Orcas come and go – and estimated 14 other Orcas die. Of those 14, 5 of them have been her own children. The oldest surviving just 6 years. (Source)

Since the removal of Ikaika back to SeaWorld she has spent her days alone. Ex-trainers have spoken publicly about their concern for her and Marineland itself have gone on public legal record establishing their concern for the health of their lone Orca held in solitary. (Source)

Kiska’s story is the story of captivity. She has survived, but at what cost? Her life has been painfully sad, she is alone and completely dependent upon humans – humans who are only interested in her as an “asset.”

There is no human need to hold other animals in captivity. There is no human need to gawk at or to turn other animals into mere commodities and spectacles. Marineland Animal Defense fights to remove Kiska and all of the other animals at Marineland and to ensure there are no more captives!


Kiska alone in her tank.



Dolphin Birthday Cake

This amazing birthday cake was made for me by a coworker/friend! She did such an incredible job that I had to share it.

The Dolphins on the cake were edible but I couldn’t bring myself to eat them so I decided to save them instead!

If you have a dolphin loving friend this is the perfect idea for a birthday cake! I absolutely loved it!!


The Real Sea World!

Tourists had a “whale” of a time after a 30 tonne mother gray whale and her calf pop up to say hello!
This is the Real Sea World and a heartwarming moment an affectionate 40 ft mother wale and her curious calf popped up to say hello to tourists who showered them with hugs and kisses.
The friendly mother rose to the surface just in time to make these holiday snaps ones to definitely remember. Guests were truely amazed when the friendly gray whales drifted up to the boats.

The images were captured by photographer Justin Hofman off the coast of Baja California, Mexico.

article-2300092-18F2B86E000005DC-886_634x420  article-2300092-18F2B7B3000005DC-480_634x422

article-2300092-18F2B5B6000005DC-219_634x421  article-2300092-18F2B622000005DC-2_634x419

article-2300092-18F2B013000005DC-950_634x421  article-2300092-18F2B3E5000005DC-228_634x286article-2300092-18F2B4C1000005DC-443_634x421  article-2300092-18F2B3ED000005DC-448_634x422