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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...)
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.
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)
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.
All the other orcas are sad, and Tai is just "I WILL RIP YOUR ARMS OFF."
Nice work, though.
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.
These are to be used to educate people, so feel free to link them as needed!
Also, Kalia was sired naturally by Keet. Nakai was the AI baby.
That injury most likely would not have happened in the wild, as he would be confided to a tiny tank.
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.
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!
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.
(lots more to come...in due time, so subscribe to my channel if you'd like to hear more comments from )
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.
Please continue spreading the word!
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."
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.
you should put this somewhere to seaworld.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you so much for making this.