Tomorrow the Miracle March for Southern resident orca Lolita will take place in Miami. Read more from the Born Free Foundation:
This article by journalist Elizabeth Batt explores SeaWorld's rejection of science in its breeding of hybrid orcas in captivity, as well as the ethical and welfare implications this may have for hybrid orca and the captive population they are a part of:
"To understand how unethical the marine park’s breeding program is, requires a basic knowledge of orca populations and their habits and habitats — something Orca Aware Founder — Sam Lipman, provided in her article, “Orca of the World.”"
Read more, with comment from Orca Aware's Sam Lipman, Animal Welfare Institute's Dr. Naomi Rose & Orca Network's Howard Garrett: http://elizabethbatt.com/2015/01/seaworld-rejects-science-by-breeding-20-hybrid-orcas/?fb_action_ids=10203295816138102&fb_action_types=news.publishes&fb_ref=pub-standard&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B775280429225065%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22news.publishes%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%22pub-standard%22%5D
It isn't just SeaWorld parks that keep and breed hybrid orcas. Loro Parque in Tenerife holds six orcas, four of whom were transferred from SeaWorld parks in the USA.
Of these four, Tekoa is 75% Icelandic and 25% transient, while both Keto and Skyla are 75% Icelandic and 25% Southern resident. The fourth, Kohana, is 100% Icelandic. Kohana's calf Adán is a result of inbreeding between Kohana and Keto, (Kohana's mother & Keto share the same father), which means Adán also has mixed heritage.
Also held at Loro Parque is wild-caught Norwegian orca Morgan, who the entertainment facility have been trying to breed with Keto.
The Loro Parque orcas are known to be the most dysfunctional group of orcas in captivity.
This footage really shows how tiny captive orca Lolita's tank is, with several smaller dolphins being her only companions.
Read more about Lolita & the drone footage in this article by David Kirby: http://www.takepart.com/video/2015/01/13/watch-where-killer-whale-has-been-confined-45-years
Five-Year Anniversary Marking The Death Of Orca Trainer Alexis Martinez: Alexis' Mother & Jane Goodall Speak Out
Marking the five year anniversary of the death of Loro Parque orca trainer Alexis Martinez, who was killed by captive orca Keto on December 24th 2009, Alexis' mother and Jane Goodall send a message in remembrance of Alexis, both calling for an end to orca captivity (via Dolphinaria-Free Europe):
Ask Russia to release the recently wild captured Russian orca destined for the new Moscow Aquarium: http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=24949&ea.campaign.mode=DEMO&ea.url.id=313330&ea.campaigner.email=%2BEjvorxO6iRHxZ98dKKiQ8Wz3lxGE2Z7&ea.campaigner.id=N%2BVfITeJHXfa3xEzZ4tJzA%3D%3D&ea_broadcast_target_id=0
A great video of Southern resident calf J50:
Please sign this letter in support of PacifiCorp removing several dams in the Pacific Northwest. This action will help promote the conservation of Southern resident orca: http://us.whales.org/dams
Drone footage of captive Southern resident orca Lolita at the Miami Seaquarium.
"At just 35 feet across, the tank is the smallest of its kind in North America, and has often been the target of animal activists who call for her retirement to a sanctuary in a sea pen."
Read more: https://www.thedodo.com/lolita-orca-tank-drone-footage-903439895.html?utm_source=The+Dodo+Newsletter&utm_campaign=93c2bae822-12_29_2014_NL&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4342b46fc5-93c2bae822-142063725
The Center for Whale Research has identified the new Southern resident orca calf is female: https://www.facebook.com/CenterForWhaleResearch/photos/a.385286821490832.101410.276095682409947/907212799298229/?type=1&theater