A23 matriline (Stripe, Okisollo, Fife, Ripple and Midsummer) at the rubbing beach.
I remember watching this documentary. It was early in my days of orca-loving, and I believe this is the documentary where it kicked in that “oh crap orcas might be poor candidates for captivity”. It wasn’t even on any part about captivity, it was just about how orcas are these long-travelling, super intelligent, super emotional creatures and I hit the conclusion on my own. (though a few trips to SeaWorld in the previous year ignited some of those sparks before then) They get to this one part where it’s mentioned that Stripe is wary of humans because one of her calves was taken for the captivity trade. I knew by then that most captive orca didn’t live long, but out of curiosity I decided to dig around anyway, and was surprised to find that her daughter was still living, in SeaWorld. Pretty heartbreaking. Too bad Stripe herself is dead.
1:12 am • 22 October 2014 • 281 notes
oh boy pro-caps sure do like to use the term “anthropomorphizing” any chance they get.
except when, you know, the marine parks they love so much are the ones doing the anthropomorphizing.
Illustrated for your convenience:
"But lmao look at trua what a ham"
1:09 am • 22 October 2014 • 48 notes
OMG in the early 2000’s a zookeeper at Busch Gardens got her arm bitten off by a lion… while giving her family a private tour
8:52 pm • 21 October 2014 • 2 notes
John Holer: the man behind ‘Mass Graveland’
Most people have heard of Marineland Canada, but not many people know about the man running the show. John Holer came to Canada with a background working in a travelling circus where he learned to train bears and other animals to do demeaning tricks, so it’s not surprising that Marineand is what it is today.
Since day one, MarineLand has been built on the backs of exploited animals, and that hasn’t changed. Over the years, Holer has gained himself a reputation for being extremely cheap, insensitive to the suffering of people and animals, vindictive, aggressive, and surely someone who should not be in charge of the physical/mental health of ANY animal.
Some of the most shocking scandals and allegations surrounding the man in charge of Marineland include:
-In 1977 John Holer was charged with illegally importing dolphins into the United States after stopping for fuel in Texas. Holer was fined $10,000.
-In 1983 the Ontario Ministry of the Environment laid charges against Holer and Marineland for running an illegal toxic waste dump. Marineland pleaded guilty to 44 charges under the environmental protection act and was fined $15,000.
-In 1992 John Holer was charged by the Lincoln County Humane Society with animal cruelty for failing to provide suitable and adequate care for a newborn deer. The judge later dismissed this charged based on the technicality that Marineland Inc. should have been charged instead of its hands on owner, John Holer.
-In 1996 Holer was charged with careless driving after allegedly striking a protester with his truck as she leafleted outside Marineland. The protester was transported to a hospital by ambulance with injuries described by police as “very minor.” Holer was acquitted of the careless driving charge in July 1997.
-In 1999 the 65 year old brother of John Holer, Stanislav Holer was charged with sexually assaulting a 16 year old female Marineland employee.
-In 2009 John Holer & Marineland served eviction notices to 47 families of the Green Oaks trailer park. Holer had purchased the land 5 years earlier and claimed he wanted to build maintenance facilities on the land previously giving no indication of his intentions and allowing new residents to buy homes there. Facing total loss of their homes and equity residents appealed to the city and the Landlord & Tenant Board. Holer drove through the park on a daily basis harassing the tenants. Former business partner of Holer and then Mayor of Niagara Falls Ted Salci refused to invoke an existing city bylaw to help the residents and despite evidence to in their favour the L&T Board ruled against them. On the day of eviction in 2011 long time resident Paula Millard committed suicide in her home. To this day the small 6 acre area remains empty and unused.
-In 2010 SeaWorld served Holer notice that they were terminating a longstanding breeding agreement between the two parks because they were concerned for the well being of their orca Ikaika if it remained at Marineland. Holer and Marineland refused to hand over the killer whale and was taken to court by SeaWorld eventually losing the case and appeal.
-In 2012 Marineland was the subject of an extensive investigation by the Toronto Star exposing animal abuse and neglect at the park. Inspections and orders from various regulatory agencies were initiated and there was widespread public condemnation and the biggest protests in the park’s history.
-In late 2012 the Ontario Ministry of the Environment discovered Marineland was burying thousands of dead animals illegally on the property and ordered them to stop.
-In 2013 Marineland began launching SLAPP lawsuits against virtually anyone who opposed them. By mid 2013 they had multi-million dollar lawsuits against 3 former employees, 2 activists and the Toronto Star newspaper.
-In 2013 Holer was videotaped threatening another protester outside the park. He threatened to “stab and bury” the individual handing out leaflets. Police investigated and despite the threat being captured on video no charges were laid.
-2013 Marineland issued permit by the Ontario Ministry of Environment to resume burying dead animals on the property.
8:42 pm • 21 October 2014 • 33 notes
I think I’m going to do vinyl art of L120 and Surprise this week
8:38 pm • 21 October 2014 • 2 notes
I go to Edmonton once or twice a year and I love roller coasters but I’ve never been on the Mindbender and I think I’m going to do it next time idk
There’s really nothing else I’m interested in riding there
4:12 pm • 21 October 2014
And now I’m watching videos about the mindbender.
4:08 pm • 21 October 2014
Dolphins of West Edmonton Mall
Aside from the fact that a man died in this lagoon, it really is a horror story for the animal involved also.
This mall in Alberta, Canada, used to have a dolphin show, along with 2 other exhibits of penguins and sharks within it. This massive mall full of crowds of noisy people was no place for dolphins, highly sound-sensitive animals.
The 4 dolphins that were confined here were captured off the coast of Florida in 1985. During this capture operation, NMFS reported that 3 other dolphins had been killed, so I’ll let you come to conclusions about how “humane” this process was. These 4 dolphins, named Gary, Howard, Mavis, and Maria were then shipped off to Canada, stripped of their freedoms, and tossed in a pool for people to pay money to gawk at while they act like buffoons for their necessary food. Want some not-so-fun facts about these poor babies?
- Both females gave birth twice, and all of their babies died at birth or shortly afterwards
- People believed there were chemical/chlorine problems with the water, as the dolphins frequently suffered from skin or eye issues
- Thoughtless people would throw coins or other small objects into the tank, and the dolphins would ingest these objects.
- The dolphins performed 4 shows per day, doing the same tricks for the same dead fish as a “reward”
There was a movement to rehabilitate and release these 4 dolphins called Free the Edmonton Mall Dolphins-Welcome Home Campaign (FTEMDC) that advocated for the mall owners to surrender the dolphins to a rehab facility for a soft release into the wild once they were trained to be independent again.
On August 9, 2000, Maria passed away at 19 years old. A representative stated that she died from “undetermined causes” and an autopsy would reveal the cause. Eventually it became known that she died from ingesting too many foreign objects that visitors would throw into the pool.
On May 25, 2001, Gary passed away at 20 years old. This was less than a year away from Maria’s death. Like Maria’s death, his cause of death was inconclusive, and autopsy reports later revealed that he died from blood poisoning, which could mean multiple captivity-induced issues.
This second death sparked real outrage from the public, and in turn, Travis Reynolds (mall spokesperson) stated that ”But there are no release programs in the world for dolphins that have ever worked, so are we about to use our dolphins for an experiment? Absolutely not.”
Not only is this statement completely false (See a list of dolphins who have been successfully released here. Note that this is only up to 1995, there have been far more since then.), it is also contradictory. Captivity itself is an experiment, and it’s an experiment that we have seen continues to fail.
Mavis stopped eating suddenly, and eventually passed away from malnutrition.
After this, only Howard was left, and was later shipped off to Theater of the Sea in Florida, where he died.
The Dolphin Lagoon has since been shut down and now houses Sea Lions.
Mavis stopped eating after the death of her last calf, which she pushed around in the show tank (I had an article on this that’s somewher eon my blog). It was like she lost all hope at that point.
and there’s a video on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dmcaStN6jI where at about 10: 30 they start talking about the dolphin care, then it continues in this video from the beginning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdwdLIOVeJg and they admitted to using chlorine as most parks do and the direct quote is ”As long as it’s relatively unirritating it’s mostly pretty good for them”
Couldn’t get away with saying that nowadays!
on a side note most of this video makes me so nostalgic, most things featured are no longer there or have changed drastically (in the case of the dolphins that was for the better) and some of these attractions I just really miss!
4:05 pm • 21 October 2014 • 64 notes
So many people flocked outside to see the shows haha and the stadium was rarely full when we went, no one wanted to pay
3:57 pm • 21 October 2014 • 4 notes
Love how the dolphin/sea lion tank is in the middle of the big ass lagoon haha
3:52 pm • 21 October 2014