I grew up next to San Diego so Seaworld was in my backyard. We'd love to go see Shamu.
I was walking along our pier here in Pacifica Ca 5 yrs ago when all of a sudden, we hear this noise! It was the exhalation of a HUGE whale! Gigantic and awesome! It was a Gray whale! Apparently, every spring Humpbacks and Grays swim right past me! I was hooked! That's when my passion for cetaceans started.
My brother and I went whale watching out of Monterey one day hoping to see a Blue whale! I had absolutely no desire to see orcas because to me they were no big deal. They were just big fish in an aquarium. Already seen Shamu right?
WRONG! I hear the Captain say that we probably won't see Humpbacks because he sees Orcas in the distance. I was so disappointed cuz I really wanted to see 'huge' whales. Dang Orcas!
Well, all of a sudden we are in the middle of three pods of Orcas!
I couldn't believe how fast and powerful they were! And um, guess what? Yeah, they were huge!
They didn't look like the Shamu I grew up with! They were wild and free and absolutely mind blowing!
So powerful! I couldn't get over how fast they were!
Right then and there, I thought wow, how in the world can anyone think it's a great idea to put these in aquariums ?
That was it. I was hooked once again! They NEED the great big ocean for their home, not a tank! And so my quest to free all Orcas began right then and there!
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2 young newly-caught wild Orcas have recently been stolen from their natural environment and their family pod, to be sent to Sochi Dolphinarium purely for the purpose of maximizing profits during the 2014 Winter Olympics. If you have not already seen the critically-acclaimed film Blackfish - please watch it, in order to understand WHY these two young Orcas MUST immediately be returned to their…
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