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Scientific American and the Zooniverse present #Whales Calls: Welcome to the Whale Song Project.

Scientific American and the Zooniverse present #Whales Calls: Welcome to the Whale Song Project. | #Orca #Avenger @VidarOceans | Scoop.it

Scientific American and the Zooniverse present Whales Calls.

 

Welcome to the Whale Song Project

You can help marine researchers understand what whales are saying. Listen to the large sound and find the small one that matches it best. Click 'Help' below for an interactive guide.

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Poll: What to do with killer whales?

Poll: What to do with killer whales? | #Orca #Avenger @VidarOceans | Scoop.it
 

Trainer Dawn Brancheau's death at SeaWorld Orlando brought cries from animal-rights activists that keeping orcas in captivity is cruel to the animals and dangerous for the handlers. What do you think?

The activists are wrong. Trainers and orcas have worked together countless times with very few incidents. We should not overreact to this case, no matter how tragic. (14211 responses)

34%

The activists are right. These creatures should be free, not kept in tanks and trained to perform tricks. (19095 responses)

45%

The activists have a point. But the animals at SeaWorld live in luxury compared with creatures in the wild, and they perform a valuable service by increasing our knowledge and appreciation of orcas. (8699 responses)

21%

42005 total responses

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Rics Dolphin Project's channel.

Rics Dolphin Project's channel. | #Orca #Avenger @VidarOceans | Scoop.it
Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project is an Earth Island campaign which encompasses Ric's work around the world as he saves dolphins from slaughter and exploitation.
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Say NO to SeaWorld!

Say NO to SeaWorld! | #Orca #Avenger @VidarOceans | Scoop.it
By allowing SeaWorld's float into the parade, Tournament of Roses officials are promoting an industry that routinely abuses animals, but now PETA is urging Tournament of Roses President R. Scott Jenkins to require an update to SeaWorld's float design that more accurately depicts what the orcas at SeaWorld endure.

 

Our float design features an orca struggling to get free from a restrictive fish bowl, which is surrounded by a sea of chains and locks. The float's tagline reads, "SeaWorld of Hurt—Where Happiness Tanks."

Orcas are powerful, intelligent animals who, in their natural habitat, swim up to 100 miles a day and maintain complex social bonds with members of their pods. SeaWorld deprives orcas of all the richness of their natural environment while forcing them to "perform" silly tricks for amphitheaters full of noisy, frightening crowds.

Click here to tell Rose Parade officials to cancel the SeaWorld float, and tell everyone you know to stay away from SeaWorld.

 

Things at SeaWorld are not looking good—even its owners are jumping ship. Following declining ticket sales and a public outcry over the documentary Blackfish, the chair of SeaWorld's  board of directors David D'Alessandro sold 43,179 shares of the company's stock.

The move is not surprising considering the criticism that SeaWorld has faced since Blackfish aired on CNN in October and November. The documentary trended on Twitter during its first airing, and it's continued to receive attention as dozens of celebrities such as Rob Lowe, Zach Braff, and Michelle Rodriguez urge their followers to boycott the marine animal prison. PETA, too, has been working tirelessly to raise awareness of Blackfish: Most recently, PETA demonstrators protested a SeaWorld float that is scheduled to appear in the Rose Parade this January, and PETA called on authorities in Florida to charge SeaWorld with felony cruelty to animals.

 

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Orca Whale in Captivity at Marineland

Natalie Lucier· Published on May 18, 2012

 

I went to Marineland on opening day May 17, 2012. It was very hard to witness and see the sad lone killer whale named Kiska circling her pool. I took lots of photos and some video as well. You can see the sadness in her eyes. I will be posting more very soon. The is the one and only Orca whale in captivity in Canada at the moment. She was caught in the wild and has been living out her life in captivity. Why do we keep whales prisoners like this? Or any animal for that matter? For us to look at and entertain us? It is very sad.

See my blog post with photos here :http://natalielucier.com/2012/05/18/k...

I will be shooting a film this summer 2012 on Vancouver Island featuring the killer whales in their natural habitat. Support an Orca Whale Documentary here:http://www.indiegogo.com/orcadoc2012?...

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This is an incredible documentary about orcas in captivity. Please take the time to watch. Lets end this madness. #blackfish #endcaptivity #orcas
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Vidar Oceanus (OrcaAvengerVidarOceans) on about.me

Vidar Oceanus (OrcaAvengerVidarOceans) on about.me | #Orca #Avenger @VidarOceans | Scoop.it
View Vidar Oceanus on about.me. About.me makes it easy for you to learn about Vidar Oceanus’ background and interests.
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#SeaWorld Struggles to Stay Above Water - Guardian Express.

#SeaWorld Struggles to Stay Above Water - Guardian Express. | #Orca #Avenger @VidarOceans | Scoop.it

Sea World is keeping afloat somehow despite the recent sinking of big stars and celebrities.  The famous and much desired tourist destination has seen a recent decline in attendance and enthusiasm from fans, due to the release of the documentary Blackfish.  The famous orcas have taken a dive in ratings as Sea World struggles to stay above water.

Every parent waits for the chance to take their child to the local zoo or aquarium.  Seeing firsthand the wonders of nature, the wild animals and sea creatures brings a learning and appreciation for the rare displays of the world.  Sea World has been a key player in instilling amazement with seals, dolphins and killer whales, with their trained acts set to music and special effects.

Harboring wildlife from Africa or keeping sea creatures in captivity has raised awareness and speculation.  Joan Embry of the San Diego Zoo and Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, have defended the cause of displaying, training and putting wild animals in front of the public eye.  They endorse the animals that can amuse and cause appreciation for nature’s bounty of creatures.  Embry was once a regular on the Johnny Carson Show, bringing leopards, lizards and lemurs to the stage.  As the audience gasped in fear and delight, the animals seem to entertain more than some of the guests.  Hanna, is a big supporter of Sea World, taking his children and grandchildren to the park for traditional visits and defending the special care the animals are given.

Caregivers and trainers seem to adopt the animal they are in charge of for a time.  Zoos and aquariums are well versed and equipped in the necessary food, supplements and activity levels an animal in captivity requires to live out a full life despite the bars and barriers that keep them enclosed for human enjoyment and entertainment.

The orcas at Sea World are highly trainable and are able to comprehend commands and do tricks easily.  They do all that is required of them, enjoying many treats along the way.  Sadly some animals have turned on their trainers, only pursuing an instinctive behavior they were born with.  Although many animals can be housed in elaborate structures somewhat resembling their own habitat, the need for natural foraging and exercise is often compromised.

Zoos were established back in the late 1800′s, and have served as a way for families to connect with nature by viewing creatures in pens, cages and water environments.  The idea caught on with expanded man-made habitats and salt water enclosures.  Many a trainer has been attacked along the way, but most noteworthy are the ones that have occurred at Sea World.

Case in point is Tilikum, the killer whale and star of the show at Sea World, that has bred many offspring, and may be instilling the natural aggressiveness that comes with being an orca.  Trained and applauded by many, the whale has been documented killing, dragging or otherwise causing the demise of three trainers.  Unexpected events within the confines of a specifically designed stage and enclosure, have brought death to those who thought the beast was their friend.  Animals sometimes act out their natural rage and can not always be depended on to be trained in a civil manner.

Supporters of animal rights have staged a protest and many entertainers have joined the cause against captivity of animals.   Food, fun and a great show has recently been slowed down at Sea World, as they struggle to stay above the water that makes the dollar.  Citing non-permission of her song, I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll in Sea World’s production of Shamu Rocks, Joan Jett has taken action.  She has taken a stance on animal cruelty and captivity with many other celebrities and bands following.  The usual fare at Sea World has seen big names disappear from their schedule,  such as Trisha Yearwood, REO, Heart, Willie Nelson, Martina McBride, Cheap Trick and Bare Naked Ladies have cancelled their scheduled performances with the venue.

Although Sea World has rescued and rehabilitated thousands of animals, their own numbers seem to be dwindling for future revenue.   As big names disappear and fade in the wake of the outcry, Sea World scrambles to make up the difference.  Their promoted Bands, BBQ and Brewmay need to employ a new type of creature that does not care about causes and issues.

Exhibition of animals, the circus and the shows involving wild-life are starting to give way to more animal activist groups such as PETA, as the years go by.  The reality of keeping an animal penned up within a somewhat natural habitat or sea enclosure is not so entertaining anymore as people realize the true domain of their beloved furry friend or those from the ocean.

It is a debate that will most likely continue as we all love animals and yearn to see tigers, bears and whales at a glance.  The balance between good care at zoos and aquariums run the risks of enjoyment and entrapment.  Each person needs to decide what side they are on and act accordingly.  Animals were designed for pleasure and food, much more than that is a bonus to the selfish acts of man beyond the natural environments of the Earth.  Standing one’s ground in animal activism requires much diligence and respect for protecting rights and privileges beyond the human scope.

Editorial by Roanne H. FitzGibbon

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#SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment or SeaWorld Prisons & #Embarrassment.

#SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment or SeaWorld Prisons & #Embarrassment. | #Orca #Avenger @VidarOceans | Scoop.it

 

Team Members & Culture

Our more than 21,000 team members share a passion for making a difference, a spirit of innovation, and a commitment to serving our guests and one another.

Our management team is comprised of highly skilled and dedicated professionals with wide-ranging experience in theme park operations, zoological operations, product development, business development and marketing. In addition, we are one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations with approximately 1,500 employees dedicated to animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care.

Our corporate culture is built upon our mission to deliver personal, interactive and educational experiences that enable our customers to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share.  Our management and our team members are passionate about connecting people to nature and animals and are committed to working in a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable manner. 

Our consumer-oriented culture is integral to our organization and the cornerstone of our success.  We are proud that our employees are welcoming, friendly and attentive. Together, we are dedicated to creating a warm environment for our guests to build lasting memories with their family and friends.

 

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a subsidiary of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS). For more than 50 years, we have been a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable our guests to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share.

We also are one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a worldwide leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for one of the largest animal collections on the North American continent and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is best known for our 11 U.S. theme parks, attractions that hosted more than 24 million guests in 2012, and the beloved SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens®, and Sesame Place® brands. Each of our theme parks offer a distinct entertainment experience that connects guests to the world and to one another.

In 2011, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment began expanding our popular brands into media and entertainment platforms to connect people to nature and animals through movies, television and digital media and began developing new lines of licensed consumer products.

Our company employs more than 21,000 team members nationwide.

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SeaWorld will one day be a reminder of just how un-caring the Human Race was. A much needed change in the way we treat other species on this Planet is long overdue! Embarrassed much, SeaWorld?

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Sea Shepherd UK :: Future Events.

Sea Shepherd UK :: Future Events. | #Orca #Avenger @VidarOceans | Scoop.it

Sea Shepherd UK is a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

 

Sea Shepherd UK uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic ecosystems, Sea Shepherd UK works to ensure their survival for future generations.

See on www.seashepherd.org.uk

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An Orca Whale Documentary

An Orca Whale Documentary | #Orca #Avenger @VidarOceans | Scoop.it
A film about orca whales who are endangered and are in need of more protection in Canada.
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Sea Shepherd UK :: Captain Paul Watson

Sea Shepherd UK :: Captain Paul Watson | #Orca #Avenger @VidarOceans | Scoop.it

For 35 years, Captain Paul Watson was at the helm of the world's most active marine non-profit organization - Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

"Captain Paul Watson is the world's most aggressive, most determined, most active and most effective defender of wildlife."

- Farley Mowat


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Sea Shepherd UK :: Future Events

Sea Shepherd UK :: Future Events | #Orca #Avenger @VidarOceans | Scoop.it

Sea Shepherd UK is a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

 

Sea Shepherd UK uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic ecosystems, Sea Shepherd UK works to ensure their survival for future generations.

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Cetacean campaigners of the World.

Cetacean campaigners of the World. | #Orca #Avenger @VidarOceans | Scoop.it
" Stand your ground. Individually, we all matter! " Freyr Titan On Twitter @TitanExplores
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