Orca Captivity Facts


  • At least 144 orcas have been taken into captivity from the wild since 1961 (including Pascuala and Morgan).
  • 125 of these (or 87%) orcas are now dead.
  • In the wild, male orcas live to an average of 30 years (maximum 50-60 years) and 46 years for females (maximum 80-90…


me when someone keeps making jokes about something that im really passionate about


I’m ready for big things to begin.

Breakfast with my baby. ❤️

Breakfast with my baby. ❤️

Rockies game with the brother. 😎

Rockies game with the brother. 😎

Being a Vegetarian

Two days ago was my one year anniversary of being a vegetarian. I get asked if it is hard. In all honesty it really isn’t hard for the reasons people think. I do get cravings for things, but when I think about the reasons why I do it then it makes it so much easier. That isn’t the hard part. The hard part is dealing with people who criticize my choices. I do not call people out for eating meat, but they surely call me out for being vegetarian. The hardest thing about being a vegetarian is looking at people who don’t share my philosophy. I may say “it’s okay” or “I don’t mind if you eat meat”, but to be honest it really does bother me. It will always bother me due to the reasons I am a vegetarian. I am doing it for the animals, the health benefits are just a plus. I don’t want to use animals as commodities; therefore, I try to cut out as many animal products as I can. It is a challenge, but I know I am saving or bettering the lives of animals. I will never be okay watching people eat other animals, but I will try my best to never judge someone because of it. I am judged every day for being a vegetarian whether it be by strangers, friends, or family. I am happy with my life choice and I never want to eat meat again. I want to continue on my path of cutting out animal products to becoming vegan eventually. One day I hope everyone understands my philosophy and truly thinks about their own.


Since the release of Blackfish, a documentary which chronicled the troubled life of the orca Tilikum (above), in 2013, the percentage of Americans opposed to cetacean captivity has risen to 50% (up 11% from a 2012 poll). SeaWorld’s attendance has dropped 13% in the first quarter of 2014, with earnings down 11%.  The Blackstone Group, which purchased SeaWorld in 2009, reduced their holdings of SeaWorld’s stock to 25%.  The National Aquarium in Baltimore is now considering ending their practice of displaying dolphins and retiring their animals to a sea pen.  The ‘Blackfish effect’ has changed so many lives, but what about its star, Tilikum?

After a year of costly PR campaigns, YouTube videos and commercials touting their exceptional animal care, Tilikum and the other orcas at SeaWorld’s parks haven’t seen any real improvement in their lives.  Their tanks haven’t been expanded, broken family bonds have not been repaired and Tilikum the deadly 12,000 pound bull orca is still floating like a cork in the dank pool that made him famous.  After a year of protests, reduced turnstile clicks and constant attacks on their social media platforms, SeaWorld still hasn’t gotten the message and Tilikum, the one being whose existence should have felt the biggest impact from the Blackfish effect, remains untouched by its message.

SeaWorld is never going to volunteer to do the right thing by Tilikum or any of their 28 other whales, it’s up to us to #emptythetanks.

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Let’s #emptythetanks