Sunday, July 21, 2019

We haven't been to SeaWorld in over a year, and we decided to check back on Katina's dorsal fin after it was damaged last year.  Her fin has completely healed, although it will be permanently disfigured.

 (Photo by Heather Murphy/Ocean Advocate News)

It was shocking to s...

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

It was with deep sadness that I heard the news of Kayla's passing this morning.  I have had concerns about Kayla for years, so I wasn't a surprised that she was the next victim of captivity.  

Kayla had a difficult life in captivity.  She was born in Nove...

Saturday, March 31, 2018

After hearing about Katina's dorsal fin damage, we wanted to find out how bad it was.  It was shocking to see the gaping vertical gouge in the back.  I can't imagine how painful that must be for her. Of course she wasn't used in the show.  SeaWorld doesn't want to have...

Thursday, February 15, 2018

When I wrote Orion & The Orcas, a sequel was never considered. There wasn’t even a thought of a plot line. The book I wrote was a fantasy story of the love and friendship developed between an 8-year-old girl, Orion, and the pod’s baby Orca, Letty. She is saved by the p...

Sunday, February 4, 2018

We have been hearing about Malia's illness for over a month now.  Ocean Advocate News went to see her on January 6, the anniversary of Tilikum's death.  We were not able to get any pictures of her that day, and there was no mention of Tilikum.  

Today sh...

Sunday, May 7, 2017

It has been four months since Tilikum's passing at SeaWorld Orlando.  Last Friday, April 28, SeaWorld's pilot whales were moved from Dolphin Stadium to Shamu Stadium.  These pilot whales have been the subject of controversy since coming to SeaWorld.  Now they occu...

Saturday, January 7, 2017

 Tilikum’s story has hit a nerve with people of all walks of life, all generations, all over the world.  He was the prime example of what is wrong with orcas in captivity.  

It is difficult to put Tilikum’s death into words.  I have spent a lot of time staring at t...

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

For those familiar with the Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKWs) of the Pacific Northwest, Granny was a hero.  Granny, also known as J2, was the matriarch of J-pod and lived her life as a caregiver and teacher to her younger pod mates. 

Today, Ken Balcomb of Cen...

Monday, May 16, 2016


It has been a couple months since we have been able to check on Tilikum, but he continues to fight the good fight.  


Today he was observed swimming in "E" pool, next to the medical pool.  The fact that he was moving was a welcome relief.  Even when he is not sick, he...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

“Monday left me broken, Tuesday I was through with hoping…”


The lyrics from Avicii’s ‘Waiting for Love’ can be heard playing over the Orca Ocean stadium speakers at Loro Parque as a young orca bashes her head, over and over again, off the gates of her tiny tank. The so...

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