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You just asked for a long long story my friend.
So my family and I went to SeaWorld San Diego on December 21, 2012. And believe me, I was so pumped that we were actually going and I would get to pet dolphins and see killer whales up close and ride the roller coasters, etc. I bolted straight to Shamu Stadium when we got in and we watched the show where the trainers introduce some of the whales (for us it was Corky, Kalia, and Ulises) and show the audience how they train them. My first indication that something was weird was when one of the trainers said “Killer whales have over 40 conical-shaped teeth” and Corky went on the slideout and opened up her mouth and… she had no teeth. I had no idea why, maybe it was just because she was old?
I loved the show and then I went to the UV tank to see a whale up close for the first time. Ulises was the only one back there and I was almost shaking as he swam lazily by the glass. For me, it was just so exhilarating to realize that this huge, beautiful animal was only inches away from my fingertips. I watched him for a good 10 minutes when something inside me told me that there was something very wrong with this.
For starters, his tank seemed so small compared to his enormous size. And all he was doing was swimming laps. Weren’t there ANY toys or whales for him to play with? Wasn’t he supposed to be one of their most energetic and agile whales? I saw the rakes across his back too, and I didn’t think anything of it at the time, but needless to say, I just felt so bad for the guy. I walked away and went to the dolphins to shake that bad feeling off.
Last time my family came to SeaWorld, we pet and fed dolphins for a half hour and that was my favorite part. This time (since their dolphin pool “activities” had changed) the dolphins were all playing with exercise balls and hula hoops. I’m so ashamed to say this, but I remember feeling mad that it was playtime and the dolphins wouldn’t come over and let us pet them (how selfish can you get?!). The rest of the day went fine and we saw some more shows and rode some rides.
When we got back home from the whole California trip, that sick feeling returned. I felt guilty for not appreciating the dolphins when I actually had the chance to see them. I remembered Ulises and how depressing his flopped-over dorsal fin looked. I was still pro cap some time after that trip, but I was doing my research about SeaWorld and the individual whales there. I found out all the horrible things that had happened to them and about all the past whales they had. I learned about the captures and about Lolita. At first I tried to push all of that information aside, but I knew I couldn’t deny that any of it had happens and couldn’t keep making excuses for marine parks’ actions. I watched “The Cove” and “A Fall From Freedom” and “A Whale of a Business” and read Death at SeaWorld. Then I started following some anti-cap accounts on Instagram and got updated on the latest news about captivity. Vicky’s death was the last straw for me. Some time after that I made my Instagram account dedicated to spreading awareness about captivity. And I guess it just took off from there :)
Aww thanks!! I love that you love Taima because she was one of my favorites too ;)
I just read some of her posts. She’s not even a trainer, she’s an intern. Get me a real source.
"The only animal I saw who received medication over the summer was Orkid, and she’s known for being prone to bacterial infections around the same time every year. The trainers caught the early signs of it (not opening her mouth all the way, sinking and sitting at the bottom of the pool) and gave her Augmentin, a common antibiotic, and an anti-fungal medicine to counter any side effects from the antibiotics. As an associate trainer you are responsible for pi”
^^^^^ You know this made me think… Poor Orkid, if Bloom and the antis succeed in passing that bill, will probably be one of the first to die when they throw her in that seapen with minimal human contact and they miss her infection. Too bad, what a beautiful creature.
Orkid probably gets a bacterial infection consistently after one of those disgusting AI sessions; where they penetrate her with their ungloved hands and flood her internally with non-aseptically collected semen. Poor Orkid, that’s f*cking gross, I can see why she lashes out when they do that to her.
When the bill passes, they’ll leave you in peace Orkid. Hang in there.
Wouldn’t be the first time.
For God’s sake, this fucking bill needs to pass, Please sign the petitions, email Toni Atkins, Chuck Norris, the Pope… BUT WE FUCKING NEED TO GET HER OUT OF THIS HELL.
My inbox is so dead right now… Feel free to ask me any questions or leave me any comments you guys have! :)