How to Help
Many great humans from around the country and world have inundated us with questions about orca captivity and ways to help after having seen the riveting, thought-provoking film, Blackfish. “Once you see that, you can’t unsee it. In my mind. That gave me my directive. Now that I know the truth, I have to tell the truth.” ~Blackfish Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite on Dawn Brancheau and obtaining footage for the film.
More and more people are contacting us who used to love SeaWorld, frequented it, live nearby, or always wanted to become a Killer Whale trainer. Many minds were changed after seeing the documentary film Blackfish and witnessing the truth about what goes on behind the scenes for these majestic beings.
So what can you do with this new knowledge?
Here is a list of what you can do to help:
What YOU can do:
- Tell your friends and families not to visit or support Marine Mammal Parks like Miami Seaquarium, Six Flags and SeaWorld.
- Call your Congressman and elected officials and tell them not to support Marine Mammal captivity. To locate your government officials, click here.
- Take “The Pledge” not to buy a ticket to marine parks with captive dolphins and whales and to share this important message with family, friends and colleagues. Go to our “Take the Pledge” page HERE.
- Visit our wonderful friends and organizations that help support marine mammals around the globe by visiting our “Links” page.
- Purchase a copy of David Kirby’s book “Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity”- the groundbreaking scientific thriller that exposes the dark side of SeaWorld. Read it then share with families and friends. You can purchase a copy at The Orca Project Store (additional purchase options for download and overseas can be found here). Also, follow David as he continues to write about the captivity debate at his website “Death at SeaWorld”.
- Purchase a copy of the DVD of Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s stunning documentary BLACKFISH which tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity and the history and controversy surrounding orca captivity. You can order a copy at The Orca Project Store or visit Blackfishmovie.com for more information. Watch the movie then share it with families and friends or host a “screening party”.
- Contact SeaWorld today! Tell them how you feel. Email, write, call and send messages to their Facebook page. Fill up their inboxes and switchboards! Click here for SeaWorld’s “contact us” page or email them at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know how you feel about orcas in captivity. *Note: you will be blocked or banned from their Facebook page if you are vulgar, let’s try and be civil and make requests for them to stop this barbarism. However, for SeaWorld, there is little difference between being vulgar and speaking the truth for these whales. History has shown that you will more than likely be blocked or comments deleted, regardless, for any posts that do not praise their work.
- Visit our friends at Voice of the Orcas (VOTO): Former SeaWorld trainers (featured in the documentary film BLACKFISH) share a common philosophy and provide a voice to those without through constructive dialogue, multimedia presentations, testimonials and interviews.
- Visit and support our friends at Orca Network and SaveLolita.com to learn more about the lone orca Lolita at Miami Seaquarium and the comprehensive plan to retire her to a sea pen.
- Find out more at TakePart.com’s “6 Ways You Can Help Save Captive Killer Whales Right Now“
Help us help Marine Mammals:
Campaign: Lolita- over 40 Years in Captivity in Miami
For more than 40 years Lolita has been “entertaining” guests at the Miami Seaquarium in a pool that is illegal by current standards of the Animal Welfare Act. Help us return her home to her family in the Pacific Northwest!
Campaign: Morgan- young Orca captured in the Netherlands
Morgan is a young female killer whale, captured in the Wadden Sea, off the north coast of the Netherlands in June, 2010. After being detained at Harderwijk Dolfinarium she was shipped off to Loro Parque in the Canary Islands to become part of SeaWorld’s orca collection, despite a comprehensive plan to return her to the wild. Help us make sure she does not live a life in captivity!
Campaign: Marine Mammal Inventory Report Deficiencies
The National Marine Fisheries Service continues to issue permits for the capture, import, export and transfers of marine mammals, including killer whales, despite failures in compliance with Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) requirements. Help us change that!