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10 Things You Didn't Know About SeaWorld. 1.

10 Things You Didn't Know About SeaWorld

Their Sunburns Are Covered Up With Black Zinc Oxide Orcas at SeaWorld spend most of their time floating listlessly at the surface of the water with little to no shade from the hot blistering sun. In the wild, orcas spend up to 95 percent of their time submerged and would find shade in the depths of the ocean, but at SeaWorld their tanks are far too shallow. Their deepest tank is 40 feet deep—not nearly deep enough to give them a reprieve from the harsh elements. Because of this, orcas have perpetual sunburns, which are shielded from the public eye with the help of black zinc oxide, which matches their skin. 2. Five orcas currently at SeaWorld were kidnapped from their ocean homes, as were others who have since died. 3. In 1965, the first-ever orca show at SeaWorld was performed by a female orca named Shamu at SeaWorld San Diego. 4.

In nature, orcas choose their own mates. 5. 6. 7. 8. Save The Whales - Action Alert. Ask United Nations To Help Save Vaquita 18 December 2011 Please print off the letter and distribute among friends, school environmental clubs, church groups.

Save The Whales - Action Alert

Be sure to date the letter and sign it at the bottom and include your full address before sending it. Amy Fraenkel North America Regional Director United Nations Environment Programme 900 17th Street, NW Suite 506 Washington, D.C. 20006 Dear Ms. I am very concerned to learn that the vaquita porpoise is on the brink of extinction, and I respectfully ask for the United Nations’ help in saving these unique and beautiful animals.

As you may know, vaquitas are now considered to be the world’s most endangered marine mammal, and they live right here in North America - in Mexico’s Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez). Anti-whaling. Protest against whaling in Tokyo by Greenpeace activists Anti-whaling refers to actions taken by those who seek to end whaling in various forms, whether locally or globally in the pursuit of marine conservation.[1][2] Such activism is often a response to specific conflicts with pro-whaling countries and organizations that practice commercial whaling and/or research whaling, as well as with indigenous groups engaged in subsistence whaling.

Anti-whaling

Some anti-whaling factions have received criticism and legal action for extreme methods including violent direct action.[3][4] The term anti-whaling may also be used to describe beliefs and activities related to these actions. History[edit] Anti-whaling activism has a short history compared to other forms of activism and environmental awareness. Whales. The madness of the whaling – hunting species after species to the verge of extinction – is the same model now being used in modern fishing today.

Whales

Protecting the whales – not just from hunting but the many other daily threats they face - would be a signal that governments are serious about all ocean protection. Anti-whaling. Which countries are still whaling? Whaling: Good or Bad? Commercial Whaling. The IWC is responsible for setting catch limits for commercial whaling.

Commercial Whaling

It does this by adjusting the numerical limits as laid out in the Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (1946). In 1982 the IWC decided that there should be a pause in commercial whaling on all stocks from the 1985/1986 season onwards. This pause is often referred to as the commercial whaling moratorium, and it is still in place today. The paragraph in the Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling that establishes the moratorium can be seen here. Norway and Iceland take whales commercially at present, either under objection to the moratorium decision or under reservation to it.

Norway takes North Atlantic common minke whales within its Exclusive Economic Zone, and Iceland takes North Atlantic common minke whales and also North Atlantic fin whales, again within its Exclusive Economic Zone. Why Do the Japanese Hunt Whales? Whale Wars. Why Whales Are Endangered — SEEtheWILD Wildlife Conservation Travel. Reasons Why Whales Are Endangered Entanglement Whales are susceptible to entanglement in commercial fishing gear.

Why Whales Are Endangered — SEEtheWILD Wildlife Conservation Travel

This can slow whales down, weakening them, and can prohibit them from feeding leading to eventual starvation and death. In some areas, networks are set up to disentangle whales that are reported to be in trouble. Who is trying to stop whaling. OCEANS: Sea Shepherd takes fight against Japanese whalers to Supreme Court. February 12, 2013 Laura Petersen, E&E reporter An environmental group known for confronting whaling ships at sea asked the Supreme Court today to lift an injunction barring it from maneuvers that harass Japanese whalers.

OCEANS: Sea Shepherd takes fight against Japanese whalers to Supreme Court

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society filed an appeal of a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals order in December requiring the nonprofit to stay at least 500 feet away from Japanese whaling ships. Charles Moore, the attorney representing Sea Shepherd, said at a National Press Club briefing that the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit's three-sentence injunction surprised the group because it was issued without warning or a chance to argue in front of the judges and without being requested by Japan's Institute for Cetacean Research.

The court issued the preliminary injunction sua sponte, or "of its own accord. " Moore described the move as "highly unusual," while Robert Kennedy Jr., participating by phone, called it "very, very dubious and strange and unique. " Encyclopedia Britannica. Whaling, the hunting of whales for food and oil.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Whaling was once conducted around the world by seafaring nations in pursuit of the giant animals that seemed as limitless as the oceans in which they swam. However, since the mid-20th century, when whale populations began to drop catastrophically, whaling has been conducted on a very limited scale. It is now the subject of great scrutiny, both by formal regulatory bodies and by nongovernmental organizations. Japanese activists fight against the tide to save whales and dolphins. It’s tough being a Japanese activist — especially if you are campaigning against whaling or dolphin hunting.

Japanese activists fight against the tide to save whales and dolphins

Just ask Takayo Yamaguchi, subjected to online abuse, death threats and hacking attacks since she pioneered “tweetstorm” dolphin defense campaigns on social media in Japan six months ago. Or veteran conservationist Sakae Hemmi, cofounder of ELSA Nature Conservancy in 1976, who has been questioned several times by police since she first became involved in activism against the dolphin hunts in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture. Or Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki, two Greenpeace Japan activists convicted of trespass and theft in 2010 after seizing a parcel of whale meat illicitly posted by a Japan scientific whaling employee, which they presented as evidence to prove allegations of embezzlement within the scientific whaling program. Often unaware of these activists’ work, foreign opponents of Japan’s whaling and dolphin hunting wonder why there are so few Japanese critics. Whaling. Whaling Information and Whale Hunting Facts - WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

Whaling is cruel, the demand for whale meat is falling and we can’t be certain that whale populations can survive large scale hunting as well as the other daily threats they face.

Whaling Information and Whale Hunting Facts - WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation

But, despite bans on commercial whaling and the trade in whale products, Japan, Norway and Iceland still kill 2000 whales between them each year and also continue trade in whale products – it has to STOP. Once it became apparent that the numbers of whales being killed were putting whale populations under threat, a ban on commercial whaling (hunting for commercial profit) was introduced in 1986 by the body that regulates whaling – the International Whaling Commission.

However, over 30,000 whales have been killed since the ban came into effect because of loopholes that have allowed some countries to carry on whaling. Japan Whaling Assoc. -Q&A- In Article VIII of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW), the Contracting Parties have an unrestricted right to take whales for scientific research.

Japan is a signatory to this Convention. When the commercial whaling moratorium was introduced in 1982, the main reason the anti-whaling nations gave for its introduction was the uncertainty surrounding the scientific data then available. In other words, they argued that safe management of whales was not possible because knowledge of the number of whales, age composition, sex ratio, and natural mortality rate was ambiguous.