I would like to share with you the following story that is close to my heart.

Orca Tilikum and SeaWorld Orlando

In 2010, a veteran orca (killer whale) senior trainer was killed at a SeaWorld park in Orlando. Dawn Brancheau was killed by the largest male orca in captivity, Tilikum. Tilikum, for the past decades, has had an army of fans. Being a magnificent orca whale, he has been mesmerizing people young and old ever since his move to SeaWorld Orlando in 1992 (he was at Sealand of the Pacific – now closed – prior to that). However, darker truths are starting to emerge revealing the more obscure side of the captive whale and dolphin industry. For those of you who have seen The Cove, captivity is another facet of what happens to whales and dolphins caught, in this case, for the art of entertainment.

Changing the lives of the orcas kept in captivity

On April 25, 2011,  an incredibly important hearing took place between SeaWorld and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) which helped change the laws and regulations governing captivity forever.

Updates

UPDATE 2013: The documentary Blackfish was released about Tilikum:

UPDATE 2016:

In 2016 the Orca Welfare and Safety Act was signed into law.

In the battle with Seaworld, the Orcas have won.

UPDATE 2017: Tilikum died after a bacterial lung infection.

UPDATE 2019: A former SeaWorld trainer blows the whistle on the terrible lives of Killer whales in captivity

It is said that Seaworld is going to end their shows with orcas at the end of 2019

I have been researching and documenting whales and dolphins in captivity for the past 19 years, and hope they will all one day live a good life again!

I currently support the Whale Sanctuary Project:

We’re building a model sanctuary where captive whales and dolphins can be rehabilitated and live permanently in their natural environment. – Whale Sanctuary Project

On behalf of all orcas, thank you so much for your support!

Anne-Marie

First published on February 14th 2011, updated with new information in 2019