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SeaWorld's Mothers and Calves by Okura SeaWorld's Mothers and Calves by Okura

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Third in my poster series, I want to tear into SeaWorld's completely awful denial of the fact they separate mothers and calves. ~> opsociety.org/PressReleases/Pr…

I'm just... disgusted that they flat out lie about this fact. That they never separate them. It's obvious and just a simple bit of research shows this!
So, I compiled the five most bred females in SeaWorld's stock, and all their offspring and calculated percentages of what happened.

Surprisingly, I discovered it's actually worse that I had thought! Not only are so many taken, only one has ever been united with their mother again after separation and that was Kalina! Who also had every single one of her babies taken from her!
Also, in case you are wondering, the percentages are based on calves that SeaWorld purposely separated. The stillbirths and Malia's case of losing her mother were not included in the counts.

So yeah... SeaWorld! Fun for the whole family... Unless you an orca. Then prepare to have yours ripped apart!

(I will also update this when/if there are moves as there's rumors I'm seeing a lot online of a big animal shuffling coming up. Here we go again...)

Important Notice

Before you comment, think twice.
I don't care if you are pro-captivity.
This is facts about the animals presented.
Arguing the point of pro-captivity is a pain and I do not care for it on my art. I have had threats and abuse slung at friends and family before and will not tolerate it here.
If you do not agree to this DO NOT COMMENT. It's that simple.
It's fine to have a discussion, but if you are simply going to bash and call it or me things, then keep it to yourself.

Finally, a great big thank you to James, who assisted with this, and everyone else who has assisted in anyway. You all know who you are and I thank you.

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TehTadpoleJackson Featured By Owner Edited Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Seaworld is a corporation, and therefore puts profits first over the safety of its employees, guests, and animals.
Why should a group explicitly formed for the creation of profit be allowed to own and operate a marine animal sanctuary and put the lives of hundreds of animals and thousands of guests in their hands?
The only groups who should ever be allowed to house these animals are non-profit hospitals, shelters, and sanctuaries.
How did they even get ahold of Orcas when hunting or capturing them is explicitly illegal?
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scorchwillow Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
I won't call you anything, but I don't agree with this. I want to be an orca trainer and I wouldn't dream of it if they separated mothers and calves. 
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Okura Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I'm sorry that you do not agree to it, but it is the facts.

Kasatka is in San Diego, Trua is in Orlando, Takara is in Texas and Kohana is in Spain.
That's one family over four generations that has been separated completely. The evidence is black and white there.
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scorchwillow Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
I guess... I don't know. I don't want to start an argument. 
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TrainLiner Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
Fuck SeaWorld. They are greedy shits and I hope they get shut down.
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VaderNihilus Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
When i heard that Sea World does this to orcas on Blackfish i couldnt belive it, a bound between a mother and her baby should be protected, i cant belive people does this to orcas, how much pain Sea World is willing to do only to get money?
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Andranis Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With at least Taima, they should have stopped breeding her, ever, after the first aggressive incident that resulted in separation from her calf. On the same hand, they shouldn't have been putting them in situations where this kind of stuff would happen... IE, not in captivity.

Reading other comments, I wonder if a part of her aggression was related to the fact she was a cross between two different types of Orca. Not all of it, not by a long shot, but at least a contributing factor.

It also reminds me of something a couple anonymous former trainers from SeaWorld revealed via a Cracked article - Trainers are explicitly told to give false information about the whales and the species, all while wearing suits that will, in the end, leave them with a horrible skin-raw rash. Cruel to the animals, cruel to the 'trainers.' It was between this article and Tillikum's killing of a trainer that I lost even a passive desire to go to SeaWorld(If I even had one... We didn't go to big parks when I was a kid, and when I was a teen, the only big theme park we went to was Busch Gardens Williamsburg; Beyond that, I've only been to Disneyland and Universal studios because my aunt paid for us to go, and any other places we went were actually zoos. I'm happy to say I got to see Keiko while he was in Oregon and on the mend to head back to Finland :) As I recall, he was doing the orca equivalent of napping)
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Tesurii Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always loved and admired Orcas...when I was little I used to beg to go to Seaworld. I never went, and after learning about the abuse these beautiful creatures endure, I regret ever wanting to go. I hope that one day an end to captive Orcas comes. They do not deserve to live in tiny tanks. They deserve to be free.
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Okura Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's not a bad thing to want or feel the desire to.
I was like that myself until 2011. In fact I was even researching how to become a trainer.

It's when you learn the truths as has been happening that you begin to question those thoughts. But it is really just a sign that you truly care for them.
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Tesurii Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I only recently seen Blackfish, like literally a few days ago. I already started disliking keeping animals like Orcas in tiny cramped tanks, and after learning about how they are really treated I just a couldn't stand it anymore.
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igloo9201 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Student Writer
Taima always looks like she wants to kill someone.

All the other orcas are sad, and Tai is just "I WILL RIP YOUR ARMS OFF."

Nice work, though.
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Okura Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Taima was often labelled as an aggressive orca and trainers were barred from waterwork with her, much like Tilikum because of her unpredictable nature.
While I know this is far from what she was always like, I feel that it's something that Taima is known for and so to help characterise her, I use that.

That and the fact she was not a very good mother, so, I don't think she'd be happy about being on this and all.
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igloo9201 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Student Writer
I figured that.
She was half transient, correct?
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Okura Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Correct. A hybrid that would never exist in the wild.
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igloo9201 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Student Writer
Yup!  The two populations aren't even in the same ocean.  (Well, maybe technically...geography isn't my strong suit......anyways they live nowhere near each other.  Xl)
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pytko3 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Reminds me of the novel "Singer's Sorrow."Grr. 
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Loui-93 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
I used this in response to a comment on youtube in which the person claimed that seaworld doesn't separate mothers and calves. I hope that's ok with you. Really excellent and informative graphic.
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Okura Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Totally.
These are to be used to educate people, so feel free to link them as needed!
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Loui-93 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
So yeah, she basically won't accept any logic, flat out denies it has ever happened and stated 'Seaworld is my homeland!' urgh >.> Thanks anyway though.
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TikiKatiePhotography Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Student Photographer
Kalia wouldnt be born if in the wild, she is AId. Nakai was injured in a show not having to do because of seaworld.
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BSVK Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
I think 'being injured in a show' has everything to do with Seaworld. They wouldn't be performing tricks in front of an audience if it weren't for Seaworld.
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Okura Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That should be would not confided up there.
Also, Kalia was sired naturally by Keet. Nakai was the AI baby.
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Okura Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SeaWorld still AIed an 8 year old, purposefully wanting to get her pregnant.
That injury most likely would not have happened in the wild, as he would be confided to a tiny tank.
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albino-orca Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
I think It could be mentioned that Vicky (deceased), Adan, and Nalani are all inbred (Keijo is too but that wasn't SeaWorld's fault, for once). Drives home the fact that the breeding program is out of control and inhumane. Vicky, Adan, and Keijo were born to two very young mothers. But perhaps that's another subject (breeding age/inbreeding) for another fact sheet like this? (If you have one already and I've just forgotten about seeing it, I apologize.)

Other than that, great work. Keep it up! I can understand pro-caps, but not pro-breeding or pro-capture, for so many reasons. You're helping to shed light on it all.
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igloo9201 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Student Writer
Nalani wasn't on purpose, either.  :T
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Okura Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comments. :)
The breeding program may be something I visit in the future, but for the moment, didn't want to confuse the issue too much here. This was about mothers and babies separated, but I have many other ideas to put in these posters in the future.

I can understand the pro-captivity argument, but I don't agree to it. There are some animals that captivity does not work for and cetaceans are one of them. Hence, I'm trying to shed as much light as I can, any way I can.

So thanks again!
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Aquaridragon Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Thank you so much for making this as a counter against their big, fat lie.

Just, the fact they even use a picture of two orcas they DID separate on their "we do not separate mother and calf" photo. It's just, ridiculously stupid. 

Your orca art is so effective at spreading information, keep up the good work. I'll link people to these images if I ever have the need to in debates. =) Thank you.
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my2cnz Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
I spend my days tabling for AB2140, getting San Diegans to write to their State Assembly Member in support of the Orca Welfare and Safety Act.  The local support from the public is amazing; conversation inspiring.  Many have allowed me to record their comments.  Here is one from a long time patron of Sea World who spoke about 'separation.'  

www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5keMJ…

(lots more to come...in due time, so subscribe to my channel if you'd like to hear more comments from )
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BajaLori Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Thank you for creating these illustrations, especially this latest just in time for Mother's Day. I have posted links to Facebook and my Twitter account.

They are powerful, and educational. I hope others will continue to share widely.

This factual illustration shows that their claim of not separating mothers from calves is far from accurate.

This is truly shameful treatment of these intelligent animals whose matrilineal social structures create their communities. But it is especially awful for a business that is trying to claim it is a wildlife "conservation" and "education" organization.

I really appreciate your work. I would suggest people print and send posters of this to their legislators this coming week, before Mother's Day.
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thorslove Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Never been to SeaWorld and I will never want to go thanks to Blackfish. This poster is brilliant (both in artwork and message sent across). These Whales are dying young and having their children taken away from them when they are a child/teenager in a human lifetime(as whales have a similar lifetime to us humans)and Whales are sociable creatures(again just like humans) so they should never ever be separated from their family!  Its truly heart breaking!
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Stampedian Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
It's sad that people see such beautiful animals as mere milk cows (= money makers)...
Please continue spreading the word! 
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Cheshire-Angel Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The only thing I have a problem with in the above image is the face female killer whales dorsal fins don't fall over even in captivity. Kalina's leaned over a bit but not flopped over.
I'm OCD so stuff like that bothers me...however, the overall poster is 100% fabulous. Wonderfully drawn and so very true it makes me sad that SeaWorld of all institutes have the gull to lie about this.
This past December, SeaWorld took out a full-page ad in a major national newspaper attempting to repudiate claims made in "Blackfish". But, as CNN pointed out, SeaWorld contradicted itself in the ad. SeaWorld claimed that it does not separate mother orcas from their calves, but went on one sentence later to acknowledge that id does separate mothers from calves on "rare occasions." Additionally, SeaWorld asserted in the ad that the lifespans of captive and non-captive orcas are the same, contradicting what it says on its website--"no one knows for sure how long killer whales live."
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Okura Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Correct.
However I used photo refs to determine that Kalina and Katina's had flopped over as much as I show in the image. Katina for example, you can see here: www.orcahome.de/katina.htm

If I'd made it fully flopped, then totally understandable, but I tried to make it look like in the photo refs. :)
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Cheshire-Angel Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fact not face. I have a band-aid on my first finger making typing a pain!
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artslick Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Thank you for raising awareness. It is heartbreaking to see the numbers. 
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Revonsusi Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for making this.

you should put this somewhere to seaworld.
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igloo9201 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Student Writer
If he tried, they wouldn't listen.  Honestly, he's probably already blocked.

SeaWorld has a bubble.  Inside the bubble is the image of happy SeaWorld, where everything is perfect there and the ocean is dark and scary.  Anyone who pops the bubble is blocked/fired/whatever SeaWorld can do to shut them up.
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Revonsusi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes, it's true :(
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igloo9201 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Student Writer
Indeed.

They'll probably send out assassins next.  And Okura is at the top of their list.  :stare:
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moonstone-budgie Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i am glad that people are doing things like this i have been finding bits and pieces about what sea-world's over seas do to their "precious" animals, lying about the floppy fin, why the captive orcas have such a short life span, taking orcas from completely different places, etc. (I'm from Australia so we don't have any Orca's here) 
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Cheshire-Angel Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
There are orcas around Edin, Australia. There is even an Australian Orca Database: www.ozorcas.com/
So yes there are orcas in Australia.
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moonstone-budgie Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
what i mean is that we don't have them at our water parks
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Cheshire-Angel Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Eden* sorry.
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Angelkissedhorse Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student General Artist
so sad :( 
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Aleksi-Ann Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the poster, especially the choice to end with Takara! Though wasn't Haida 2 the first orca successfully AI'd? well first to get pregnant, she died well pregnant so not the first successful AI mother, but still the first to get pregnant. 
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Okura Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perhaps. But as you said she died pregnant. So, I would hardly call it a full success.
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Aleksi-Ann Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess, I maybe would have worded it differently, but that's just me haha. I know when she was pregnant [I was reading records mot that long ago] they considered Haida a huge success because she got pregnant after the very first AI attempt done on her! 
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Okura Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I'll definitely consider that!
I do take suggestions on board and do update them.

If there's moves soon, I will have to update it, so I may edit it to say that then.
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Aleksi-Ann Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep, what with the whole Kalia rumour.
I really hope it isn't true, literally no good will come out of it. Kalia has never been moved, hates being seperated from her mother, and could use help with her first calf. Moving her will just cause her stress and that does no good for her or her calf.
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kurisutaru Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I saw that article Seaworld posted and the photos they gave out as 'prof' I had to do the biggest facepalm.

Did they REALLY think we wouldn't recognize the orcas in the photo? Did they REALLY think people would fall for such nonsense?

Whats made worse is that CA is starting a bill to ban orca breeding.. so seaworld seems to be in a rush to get their stock pregnant before it pass's. That means trying to breed their females as young as 6 years old. Theres going to be a lot of shipping around soon as well, more separations. There digging themselvs into a hole.
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