24/12/15 - Edited the Katina panel to reflect the recent death of Unna and slight edit to Katina's text inspired by a posting by derangedhyena I read.
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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're an orca. Then prepare to have yours ripped apart!
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.
I am simply asking because as a scientist I value having most of the sources on hand for something like this and that you will have priers and people who might try to claim the information false.
Used the websites and checked the details on each animal. Multiple sites give the same details.
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?
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.
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.
She was half transient, correct?
Is there anywhere I can look to find information about what type/sub type each whale is? Have you done a graphic for it?
To answer your question on what it would be like;
Image taking an American, a Japanese, a Russian and a French man. None of them speak anything but their own personal language.
Now dump all of them into a room, lock the doors and expect them all to live together in harmony.
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.