Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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...

Sunday, March 20, 2016


It has been 12 days since SeaWorld’s announcement that Tilikum, their star killer whale, was experiencing failing health.  His future looked bleak at the time of the announcement.


Today Ocean Advocate News saw a very different Tilikum.  While he was still being kept i...

Sunday, 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...

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

After hearing the news of Tilikum’s illness this morning, Ocean Advocate News felt obligated to go see him, possibly for the last time, and say goodbye. 


On a Tuesday, the park was slow and eerily quiet.  Arriving at the Dine with Shamu pool's underwater viewing, there...

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


This has been a busy week for Lolita, the last Southern Resident Killer Whale in captivity at Miami Seaquarium.  


Last week, PETA released a list of Miami celebrities and local city leaders who have come out in support of retiring Lolita.  The list includes Daisy Fuen...

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The numbers don't lie.  SeaWorld's 2nd quarter earnings reported "an attendance decline due to the timing of Easter, record levels of rainfall in Texas and continued brand challenges in California, partially offset by improvements in demand at the Company's other park...

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

 Left to Right:  Fiona, Hollister, Sarah, MIchelle, Alexa, and London (top)


I was thrilled to attend Superpod 4 last month.  The annual event grew to an estimated three times larger than Superpod 3.  This year's theme was salmon restoration for the Southern Resident Ki...

Saturday, August 1, 2015


John Hargrove’s Beneath the Surface is an honest, in-depth look at the reality of his childhood dream of becoming an orca trainer.  Having worked at two separate SeaWorld parks, as well as Marineland Antibes, Hargrove has seen these animals that he loved put into the...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015



A press release originally from Animal Legal Defense Fund states:


For immediate release:


Megan Backus, ALDF
David Pearle, PETA


MIAMI — PETA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), Orca Network, and two individuals sent a letter this morning to the Miami Seaqu...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015



 Photo by Capt. Jim Maya of Maya's Legacy Whale Watching


Crews of the Pacific Whale Watching Association reported the sighting of a new baby in J pod on Monday afternoon. The birth was confirmed by Center for Whale Research on Monday night.


Naturalist/researcher Jean...

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