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What SeaWorld Should Do

Mark J. Palmer | Posted 12.19.2014 | Green
Mark J. Palmer

SeaWorld's value as a business on the stock market has gone way way down. Well, SeaWorld, now that we have your attention...

Puget Sound Killer Whale Calf Presumed Dead

AP | Posted 12.21.2014 | Green

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — A killer whale born to much hope in early September apparently died while its pod was in the open ocean off Washington o...

SeaWorld Won't Fight OSHA Citation Any Longer

AP | By MIKE SCHNEIDER | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld Entertainment has dropped an appeal of citations it received after the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a...

Killer Whale Throws Sea Lion 20 Feet In Air

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green

With a flick of its tail, a killer whale provided a whale of a tale for those aboard a fishing boat in Alaska recently. The orca chased down a sea ...

Struggling SeaWorld To Improve Conditions For Killer Whales

AP | By MARLEY JAY | Posted 10.15.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — After more than a year of public criticism of its treatment of killer whales, SeaWorld said Friday that it will build new, larger en...

SeaWorld And Southwest Airlines To End Partnership

AP | By MIKE SCHNEIDER | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld Entertainment are ending their 25-year-old marketing partnership, officials with both companies...

The Old Lady and the Sea

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

With nowhere to go and no way to pass the hours at SeaWorld, captive orcas often gnaw on the concrete and iron-bar tank separators, sometimes breaking their teeth and leaving the pulp exposed and painfully raw.

Empty the Tanks; One Woman's Dream Resonates Worldwide

Candace Calloway Whiting | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green
Candace Calloway Whiting

If you take Gandhi's statement, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world," and blend it with Mother Theresa's "If you want to change the world, pick up a broom." you will have Rachel Carbary's formula for creating a successful grassroots effort for change.

SeaWorld Loses Appeal Of Ruling On Death Of Orca Trainer

Reuters | Posted 06.11.2014 | Green

(Adds government response, paragraph 7) By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, April 11 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Fri...

Bill Would End SeaWorld Killer Whale Shows In California

AP | FENIT NIRAPPIL | Posted 06.08.2014 | Green

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California bill that sought to end killer whale shows at SeaWorld in San Diego and phase out their captivity was put on ...

False Killer Whales Caught 'Talking' To Camera

Posted 03.26.2014 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Russell McLendon: A pod of false killer whales cavorted off the Southern California coast this week, providing a rare ...

WATCH: 6 Killer Whales vs. Blue Whale

Posted 03.05.2014 | Green

A blue whale may have been attacked by a pod of orcas in a scene caught on tape off the coast of Monterey, Calif., on Monday. A video posted to You...

Lonely Orca Lolita May Finally Be Going Home

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 03.28.2014 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

Lolita has been crammed inside a tank barely any larger than the length of her own body at the Miami Seaquarium for more than four decades. Lolita's wretched world is the smallest tank in North America.

Killer Trip Chasing Killer Whales

Richard Bangs | Posted 03.23.2014 | Travel
Richard Bangs

There is no better place, no better time. The salmon are running, and the weather is fine. Our target waters have the highest density of orcas anywhere in the world. I'm going to feel the spray of flying flukes, and wink at the melon-sized eye of an orca.

Saving These Rare Orcas? Protect Their Favorite Haunts

Miyoko Sakashita | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
Miyoko Sakashita

Critical habitat designations prevent the federal government from undertaking or approving activities that reduce an area's ability to support an endangered species. Species with designated critical habitat are more than twice as likely to show signs of improvement than those without.

PETA's Dramatic Response To SeaWorld's Float Leads To 19 Arrests

Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles

At the New Year's Day Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., SeaWorld's float depicted a happy family of orcas swimming free in the sea. The animal right...

Blackfish Backlash Continues

John P. David | Posted 02.15.2014 | Green
John P. David

From what I know about orca public relations, I think SeaWorld's got a big problem.

Stuck on Whales and Dolphins - Remoras Are Not as Creepy as They Look

Candace Calloway Whiting | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Candace Calloway Whiting

They look creepy and slimy enough, as though they are sucking the blood of their host, but remoras are not giant leeches - it turns out that while not entirely benign, remoras do little harm to their hosts in normal circumstances.

Three Fishermen Pull Off Incredible Killer Whale Rescue

Posted 11.07.2013 | Good News

When three fishermen spotted a killer whale stuck on the rocks in Klakas Inlet in Alaska, they devoted nearly four hours to saving her. Jason Vonic...

Rare Killer Whale Eats Shark Off Hawaii Coast

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 11.05.2013 | Green

A group of researchers got a lucky surprise at the end of their 15-day field project in the waters off Hawaii Island. On Friday, the Cascadia Resea...

Seeing Dolphins in Oahu, Hawai'i - Wild is the Best Way

Candace Calloway Whiting | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Candace Calloway Whiting

Oahu's western shore offers a daily wild dolphin show, and with a good pair of binoculars you can see spinner dolphins from shore as they leap and twirl before settling down for their daily nap.

Cousteau and World Cetacean Alliance Making a Splash

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

If we are going to change the world to save ourselves, we have to save the ocean; and if we are going to save the ocean we have to start by saving the cetaceans. We have to protect their habitat and ensure that all marine life can thrive, so that we can too.

Elephants, Killer Whales, and Treadmills: Exercise Is No Substitute for a Real Life

Candace Calloway Whiting | Posted 09.23.2013 | Hawaii
Candace Calloway Whiting

Even a swimming current would do little for whales that are kept like this, but advocates hope that orcas and other whales and dolphins can be retired to ocean sanctuaries equivalent to those provided for elephants

You Won't Believe What Really Happened To Keiko, The Orca Whale Star of 'Free Willy'

The Huffington Post | Gabriela Aoun | Posted 09.19.2013 | Entertainment

We all saw “Free Willy,” we all loved “Free Willy.” But what happened to the real Willy? In a tragic, confounding dose of irony, Keiko, th...

Keiko (Free Willy): 20 Years Later, History Proves His Release to Have Been the Right Decision

Candace Calloway Whiting | Posted 11.17.2013 | Hawaii
Candace Calloway Whiting

By any measurement, Keiko's release was a phenomenal success, and the process of giving him years of health and freedom is symbolic of what we cherish most in ourselves -- the ability to act with compassion and to right wrongs; when we know better, we do better.