There is now a mini site for further information on these individuals. You can visit it here: www.orcaaware.org/the-forgotte…
First Revision: Have tidied up the text boxes, added the first organization supporter logo, link and Q-Code scanner. Renamed to 'Who is Shamu?'
Second Revision: Have added Orca Research Trust and Free Morgan Foundation as supporters and links to them in description.
Third Revision: Discovered an error on Kalina and have since corrected.
If you wish to contact me to use this, please contact me at okuraorca (at) hotmail.com, so then I can arrange it to be send to you full sized.
You are more than welcome to share this about and print to use to help raise awareness.
EXTREMELY HUGE FILE if you are going full sized. This is set to an A1 poster sized resolution.
Here is my completed project.
Several weeks of research, drawing, art and so forth.
I am planning more, but this is the first one of my series.
I created this project as something big to be shared and printed for posters to be shared about. I always felt it was cruel and cold for SeaWorld to allow a whale to die and how they never seem to do anything to remind people of them. But all of them had horrible ways they died that people don't know about.
The empty spaces are for some logos and a Q-Code that will later be able to be scanned for more information.
Edit 1 (16Nov13): I have been working on a collaboration mini-site with Orca Aware to further promote the stories of these orcas. As of today, I've added a link to the mini-site as well as adding the Q-Code and Orca Aware logos. More will be added over time, but this is the first revision of the poster.
A few notes:
Corky's calves may have mostly been born outside of SeaWorld, but one miscarriage was at San Diego and Corky is still there. They are worthy of being part of this.
Morgan was captured from the wild and taken into captivity. Until she is released, she is still a wild capture, like it or not.
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.
Logos of the supporters organisations belong to them and are used with permission.
He was there I think... less than two years...?
Victoria only was added in the 11th hour, bumping out Winnie because she died as I was finishing the sketches.
There's a list long enough for at least 2 more of these that I intend in the future.
Winnie was an orca that was in the UK and later shipped to the US. I think if I recall correctly, she was VERY small for an orca her age as the previous owners had starved her a lot to get her to preform. I'd have to re-go over all my notes, but that's what I recall the issue was.
I understand that places like SeaWorld and such can inspire people at a young age, but that doesn't excuse the treatment of the animals, the lying, the cover ups and the list goes on.
These are animals that do not belong in captivity and people are starting to wake up to this fact.
And yes, you will encounter people who say hurtful and nasty things. On both sides of the equation too. But that's not something I do when I can help it.
I would be attending if I could...
It would be the coolest thing ever if they could train wild pods and keep the families together and not plop them in a cement tank but use maybe a bay instead. I have this idea in my head but the only problem with it is if the pod doesn't come, then there is no show. and people don't pay money for a no show.
And really, exploiting animals is how parks like Sea World thrive. Money makes the world go round, and as long as that is the way of it, animals will continue to be used.
I sound like an idiot, but only because it is way past when I should have gone to sleep. I just really wanted to ramble about things that I think about.
I do like this picture. I think your message gets through. Thank you.
Since getting involved with Dr. Visser, I've learnt a lot and places like SeaWorld now kinda make me ill. So now, I like to try to help promote the truths getting out there.
It's big enough to print as one.
If you download it with the download button, it's resolution is A1 sized.
What gets me most is Tilicum. He killed three trainers and he's still there performing because he's worth too much money. if he were a dog, he would have been put down three times over. That poor, miserable creature...
Tilikum's story barely scratches the surface sadly.
My poster also barely scratches the surface.
There's a lot going on that's shady. I suggest reading Death at SeaWorld. That paints the most accurate picture.