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theorcas:


> remembering: ORKY

orky, a member of the northern resident community, was caught in port hardy, british columbia in 1967. some sources say that his capture was not planned, but nonetheless he was sold to marineland of the pacific in california.
marineland’s curator at the time mentioned that orky was ‘quite a handful’ and told how he was scared of him. he recalled an incident in which he was in the tank with orky, and orky began to push him around. he escaped, and orky continued to be used to in water interactions.
in 1968, two new orcas arrived at the park, and orky was placed with corky. however he was not with her for long, as he died in 1969 at age 7, after only three years in captivity. his reported cause of death is pneumonia.
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theorcas:

> remembering: ORKY

orky, a member of the northern resident community, was caught in port hardy, british columbia in 1967. some sources say that his capture was not planned, but nonetheless he was sold to marineland of the pacific in california.

marineland’s curator at the time mentioned that orky was ‘quite a handful’ and told how he was scared of him. he recalled an incident in which he was in the tank with orky, and orky began to push him around. he escaped, and orky continued to be used to in water interactions.

in 1968, two new orcas arrived at the park, and orky was placed with corky. however he was not with her for long, as he died in 1969 at age 7, after only three years in captivity. his reported cause of death is pneumonia.

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betheirvoiceseathechange:

So my friend just snapchatted me a video of a white tiger in a cage only a tiny bit larger than the animal itself pacing back and forth and I asked her where it was and she said it was some traveling zoo THAT CAME TO THEIR MALL. I’m so completely disgusted that people keep doing this to animals and it’s okay! It’s not!

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teamorkid:

cetacean-captivity:

I’m not a supporter of trash-talking the other side, but when people watch Blackfish apparently the credibility of the trainers is a major draw and I think it’s important to know the work history behind the talking heads

And now the truth instead of the Corporate Activist fairytale:

“John began to question the impact captivity was having on the whales lives and when management told to train Tillikum to provide sperm samples on command, he refused.
For that act of defiance, he was demoted back to the sealion and otter stadium.”


“The accusation involves Dean Gomersall, who worked at SeaWorld from 1987 to 1994. In 1994 Gomersall was working at the Sea Lion and Otter Stadium (after running the Whale and Dolphin stadium). One day he was doing a training session with two small-clawed river otters, called Trixie and Bubba. The session involved sending the two otters to a target, and then calling one to the exit gate (the other was supposed to remain on the target). No big deal, except Trixie was in heat. Gomersall could call Bubba to the gate without any problem, while Trixie remained in the enclosure, on the target. But if he called Trixie to the gate, Bubba would not stay on the target, and would not let her go. With the session going poorly, Gomersall took a break, and left to go work with some other animals. Before he did, he slid down the plastic slider on the exit gate, which was used to keep the otters from messing with any other otters on the other side of the gate.
Fifteen minutes later he returned, opened the gate, and saw blood all over the floor of the enclosure. As best Gomersall could figure, Bubba must have stuck his nose under the gate as Gomersall was dropping the slider down, and the slider cut Bubba’s nose (Gomersall hadn’t noticed anything because you can’t see through the slider). He immediately called for help and Bubba was treated. The next day, Gomersall was called in by management and told he was being fired for injuring an animal and waiting 15 minutes before telling anyone.
Gomersall says he was not surprised when management twisted the facts (accusing him of knowing the otter was injured and waiting before telling anyone; “Why would I do that?” Gomersall says) to create a firing offense. He knew he was already under scrutiny because had been complaining persistently about the misuse and living conditions of a Pacific Walrus called Garfield, a troubled (and potentially dangerous) animal who would cooperate with almost no one other than Gomersall, and as a result was treated harshly. In addition, Gomersall had refused a request to work at Shamu Stadium, because he had become uncomfortable with the idea of killer whale captivity and did not want to work with captive killer whales.”



“In 1995 and tv show was being filmed at the park and Jeff acted as a stunt double for one of the shows characters. In one of the shots, SeaWorld managers told Jeff to perform a ‘stand-on’ behavior next to the glass, which was highly dangerous since he would have nowhere to fall but on the concrete if her or the whale made a mistake. Afterward Jeff again expressed his feelings to managers and a short time later was ordered to take a drug test (which he passed), something that he hadn’t been asked to do before in his seven years at the park. He was also handed a three day suspension for an incident with Taima in which he gave her a neutral response to an incorrect behavior (something he had been trained to do). The a few months later he was fired for kissing Taima in the tongue during a live show, even though other trainers had done the same thing without reprimand. It was clear it was just an excuse to get rid of him. “

Let’s not forget that who started spreading the false information about Dean Gomersall was Bridgette Pirlte, Corporate Activists idol, with a respectable reputation of:
- Bullying and stalking people online.
- Buying her Twitter followers.
- After not being invited to Blackfish DVD extras she suddently turned sides and became pro-SeaWorld.
- Now she wrote a chapter for a book and guess what? She’s against SeaWorld again.
Stop spreading false information about these people simply because you don’t agree with them. You wouldn’t like if people made an edition with Dawn’s picture written: “Died for being in the water with an Orca with aggressive tendencies that had killed two people previously”.

This just shows what happened to trainers who tried to stand up for the animals.

teamorkid:

cetacean-captivity:

I’m not a supporter of trash-talking the other side, but when people watch Blackfish apparently the credibility of the trainers is a major draw and I think it’s important to know the work history behind the talking heads

And now the truth instead of the Corporate Activist fairytale:

John began to question the impact captivity was having on the whales lives and when management told to train Tillikum to provide sperm samples on command, he refused.

For that act of defiance, he was demoted back to the sealion and otter stadium.

The accusation involves Dean Gomersall, who worked at SeaWorld from 1987 to 1994. In 1994 Gomersall was working at the Sea Lion and Otter Stadium (after running the Whale and Dolphin stadium). One day he was doing a training session with two small-clawed river otters, called Trixie and Bubba. The session involved sending the two otters to a target, and then calling one to the exit gate (the other was supposed to remain on the target). No big deal, except Trixie was in heat. Gomersall could call Bubba to the gate without any problem, while Trixie remained in the enclosure, on the target. But if he called Trixie to the gate, Bubba would not stay on the target, and would not let her go. With the session going poorly, Gomersall took a break, and left to go work with some other animals. Before he did, he slid down the plastic slider on the exit gate, which was used to keep the otters from messing with any other otters on the other side of the gate.

Fifteen minutes later he returned, opened the gate, and saw blood all over the floor of the enclosure. As best Gomersall could figure, Bubba must have stuck his nose under the gate as Gomersall was dropping the slider down, and the slider cut Bubba’s nose (Gomersall hadn’t noticed anything because you can’t see through the slider). He immediately called for help and Bubba was treated. The next day, Gomersall was called in by management and told he was being fired for injuring an animal and waiting 15 minutes before telling anyone.

Gomersall says he was not surprised when management twisted the facts (accusing him of knowing the otter was injured and waiting before telling anyone; “Why would I do that?” Gomersall says) to create a firing offense. He knew he was already under scrutiny because had been complaining persistently about the misuse and living conditions of a Pacific Walrus called Garfield, a troubled (and potentially dangerous) animal who would cooperate with almost no one other than Gomersall, and as a result was treated harshly. In addition, Gomersall had refused a request to work at Shamu Stadium, because he had become uncomfortable with the idea of killer whale captivity and did not want to work with captive killer whales.”

In 1995 and tv show was being filmed at the park and Jeff acted as a stunt double for one of the shows characters. In one of the shots, SeaWorld managers told Jeff to perform a ‘stand-on’ behavior next to the glass, which was highly dangerous since he would have nowhere to fall but on the concrete if her or the whale made a mistake. Afterward Jeff again expressed his feelings to managers and a short time later was ordered to take a drug test (which he passed), something that he hadn’t been asked to do before in his seven years at the park. He was also handed a three day suspension for an incident with Taima in which he gave her a neutral response to an incorrect behavior (something he had been trained to do). The a few months later he was fired for kissing Taima in the tongue during a live show, even though other trainers had done the same thing without reprimand. It was clear it was just an excuse to get rid of him. “

Let’s not forget that who started spreading the false information about Dean Gomersall was Bridgette Pirlte, Corporate Activists idol, with a respectable reputation of:

- Bullying and stalking people online.

- Buying her Twitter followers.

- After not being invited to Blackfish DVD extras she suddently turned sides and became pro-SeaWorld.

- Now she wrote a chapter for a book and guess what? She’s against SeaWorld again.

Stop spreading false information about these people simply because you don’t agree with them. You wouldn’t like if people made an edition with Dawn’s picture written: “Died for being in the water with an Orca with aggressive tendencies that had killed two people previously”.

This just shows what happened to trainers who tried to stand up for the animals.

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