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...

“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...

Having acknowledged that society no longer believes that killer whales thrive in captivity, SeaWorld recently announced an end to its breeding programs, and the captivity of killer whales held at its tourist attractions, albeit through attrition.

 

While SeaWorld has bee...

March 13, 2016

It has been 4 days since SeaWorld announced Tilikum’s failing health, and he is still being kept in the med pool.  He has been there for the last 9 days at least, mainly staring at the bars of the gate.

 

 

The med pool is the under the tiny white tarp on the bottom right...

March 26, 2015

 

Today, Hagens-Berman filed a ground-breaking class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on behalf of SeaWorld customers against SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE: SEAS).  The lawsuit alleges that SeaWorld deliberately concealed...

March 25, 2015

On Monday, SeaWorld launched a new ad campaign answering commonly asked questions.  

 

One question in particular that has grabbed readers’ attention is regarding killer whale lifespans. SeaWorld addresses the question in a video of Dr. Dold, head veterinarian at SeaWorl...

March 17, 2015

 

 

 

UPDATED 3/16/15

 

I hear that you are going to be playing at SeaWorld’s Bands, Brew and BBQ this weekend. I’m sure you are aware of the controversy surrounding the park after the documentary Blackfish was released in 2013.  You probably already know that for last year...

February 27, 2015

 

 

Earlier today, SeaWorld announced their dismal 4th quarter and annual earnings for 2014.

 

For the full year of 2014, the company generated a decrease of $82.4 million compared to 2013, primarily driven by a 4.2% decline in attendance.

 

Below are a few “highlights” from...

February 24, 2015

 

 

SeaWorld Orlando announced yesterday that guests will no longer be able to feed dolphins at Dolphin Cove, a tradition that has spanned for decades.  

 

 

The previous $7 experience had its share of controversy in recent years, particularly after a little girl was bitten...

February 24, 2015

 

Ocean Advocate News was informed on January 31 that Nanuq, SeaWorld's male beluga whale used for breeding, was ill.  We were told that he was being kept in the back because he was “lethargic”.  He was reportedly being kept company by Whisper, another beluga at SeaWorl...

February 16, 2015

 

Earlier this month the Washington Senate introduced a preemptive bill to ban cetacean captivity in the state.  S5666 would prohibit the capture or import of whales, dolphins and porpoises into the state.

 

For now, the Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee has de...

February 9, 2015

Photo courtesy of Christine Caruso

 

On Thursday, the Washington Senate introduced a bill (SB5666) which would preemptively prohibit holding cetaceans in captivity for entertainment purposes.  There are currently no captive cetaceans in the state, and Washingtonians woul...

February 5, 2015

 

Today, NOAA Fisheries made a ground-breaking decision to include Lolita into the Endangered Species Act listing of Southern Resident Killer Whales.  Lolita is a female killer whale who was captured from the Southern Resident population in 1970, and is currently at Mia...

February 4, 2015

                     Photo of protesters at Empty the Tanks, Ocean Park Hong Kong

 

Ocean Advocate News was recently contacted by Zoe Ng, a Hong Kong native who is passionate about having Ocean Park Hong Kong close down t...

January 30, 2015

Activists in China are primed for protest.  

 

This week, China Dialogue reported that China's first performance of killer whales will be targeted by activists calling for the shows to be banned, citing animal cruelty.

 

Chime-Long Ocean Kingdom, a marine park in the coast...

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