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I put Save Lolita because I don't personally agree with freeing her but I think SOMETHING needs to be done. This stamp can be used for either side of the captivity dilemma. She is older and alone and I really think she needs to go to a better facility where she can have a friend (or more preferably) of her own kind along with more space and better care. I think some orcas are candidates for release but I don't believe others are. I am not pro or anti captivity but I feel that having the ability to let people get close to these amazing animals will in turn educate them and hopefully leave them loving the species. I am however completely against capturing orca from the wild. these are my beliefs and I do not wish to be bombarded with nasty comments so please keep captivity comments to yourself.

Lolita's tank: www.freewebs.com/let_toki_go_f… blog.seattlepi.com/candacewhit…

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srbarker Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Confined to a tank that's way too small without any sort of companionship. Say whatever you want about SeaWorld, but even they wouldn't do this.

#LiberateLolita #BoycottMiamiSeaquarium
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cyberbones Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Student General Artist
SO happy to see this! I went down to protest for Lolita's freedom last weekend.. and the weekend before..
Thank you for making this. 
Now that she has recently been listed as endangered, the seauarium is under so much lawsuit.
Soon enough, she will be be doing better - in either a bigger tank or in the ocean, change will be made. 
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EncounterEthereal Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015   Digital Artist
I'm so glad you like this! And you're welcome. Thank you for being there for those without voices of their own =)
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TheFieryHawk Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
i feel that she needs to find either a different theme park where there are orcas or the ocean so that she can roam free and live
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EncounterEthereal Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014   Digital Artist
I think I agree with you on the first point, not so sure on the second but either way she needs a new home!
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grayorca Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist
You raise a very good point of view those knowledgeable of her situation can defer to: the simple fact that, if rehab/release is an idea too far fetched for her, at least let her go to a facility with more space and same-species companionship. She's earned that much, putting up with her mediocre living conditions as long as she has.

I feel the same about Kiska and Kshamenk, and any other orcas who have lived in solitary confinement.
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EncounterEthereal Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Digital Artist
Well said! I was planning on making a stamp for Kshamenk and possibly Kiska too. =)
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grayorca Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist
Kshamenk's probably the one best suited to being returned to the wild. If he's half as resilient in the wild, as he's had to be to put up with Mundo Marino, life in the ocean would be heaven by comparison.

Kiska - I feel about the same as I do Lolita, but on her own merits. She's been taken from her family in the wild, and her adopted captive family have all died off. If she and Lolita could be brought together at Marineland Ontario, it'd be a great thing. Even while Kiska had her problems with Ikaika, they still had to have had their good days.

But on the downside, with all the negative press Marineland's been getting, I highly doubt such an arrangement will ever come to pass. :hmm:
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EncounterEthereal Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Digital Artist
I'd love to see Kshamenk, Lolita, and Kiska brought together.. somewhere (If release is not an option for any of them).

Maybe pulling the males out of Loro Parque and putting those three there would help not only the inbreeding happening, but the behavioral issues as well (having a couple mature adult females to maybe put the others in line). Who knows though. I just think there are quite a few orcas in needs of some help that are not getting it. Lolita and Kshamenk being the most important and dire cases. Kiska at least has a good sized tank as far as I can tell.
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grayorca Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist
That'd be my dream as well.

Unless something's done, Loro Parque is just bound for more disaster - between the inbreeding and the attacks on trainers. I detest the fact that Morgan was sent there and not to a park with a more stable pod (I've heard so many conflicting diagnosises on the practicality of returning her to the wild that I, like most anti/pro issues, don't pick a side). The group at LP is only destined to grow up into a pod of social misfits who'd probably each cause their own rut of chaos if they're ever sent to other parks.

Sending an adult or two to LP to take charge could be just what those youngsters need. But I don't see the mainland SeaWorld parks ever parting with any of their older performing females for such a thing.
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EncounterEthereal Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Digital Artist
I don't really know what Sea World was thinking sending those particular four there to begin with. I thought they'd send maybe two related females and an unrelated male so if breeding were to happen there would not be inbreeding. When I found out which ones I was a bit confused. I think Morgan should be moved to another park with the males so maybe they can fix the behavioral problems. :/ 

Now there's that one in Russia, Narnia I think is her name? They captured her and are keeping her in a sea pen.
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grayorca Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist
I think they were thinking of just one word: storage. Move the youngsters out so more babies can be bred, attracting more guests. But after all the deaths of 2010, I doubt the LP orcas will be coming back to the states anytime soon. Morgan will probably remain at LP as long as there are those out there keeping her wrapped up in legal battles with the intent of getting her released.

Narnia's destined for a new park opening in Moscow apparently. There's little word of what her attitude is like, and what her living conditions now are, but Russia is a relative newbie to keeping captive killer whales (even if they still have free reign to capture as many as they want from the wild). I don't foresee her lasting very long. The last one they captured in 2003 didn't.
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EncounterEthereal Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Digital Artist
So sad to hear :/

Poor things... I really wish I could pluck them out of the tanks and put them all in the ocean and tell them, Hey! You look out for each other and if you can't find your families stick together so you're not alone! XD
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TowaTheStallion45 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i Agree with *EarthEmerald!beautiful animal in a bad situation i love Orca Whales such beautiful animals and so very intelligent 
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EncounterEthereal Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Digital Artist
-claps- totally with you on that =)
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TowaTheStallion45 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks i'm glad you do <3 BTW beautiful Artwork Impressive ^^
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EncounterEthereal Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Digital Artist
This piece was a borrowed picture, all I did was crop it and use a stamp template.. which I need to credit... -runs off to do so- Thank you though!
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TowaTheStallion45 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hehhe you're welcome <3 may i watch you? :huggle::heart:
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EncounterEthereal Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Digital Artist
sure =)
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TowaTheStallion45 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thank you ^^
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EncounterEthereal Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Digital Artist
thank /you/ 8D
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EarthEmerald Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
I'm the same way. Neither pro nor anti captivity. But Lolita DOES deserve much better. So many decades without a companion is very bad for a creature who has such strong social bonds. And her tank being as small as it is, it's horrible. She's a beautiful animal in a bad situation. Nicely done :thumbsup:
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EncounterEthereal Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Digital Artist
I agree completely! Well said, and thank you =)

I plan on making one for Kshamenk too, maybe even Kiska.
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EarthEmerald Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
You should. They need to be rescued from their situation, at the very least go somewhere where they'll companionship.
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EncounterEthereal Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Digital Artist
I'm waiting on permission to use a picture of Kshamenk, I'll need to look for one of Kiska
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EarthEmerald Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
Cool :)
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EarthEmerald Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
I always prefer seeing any animal in the wild first, but it can't always be so, and it maybe soon be the case where the only place we can see these animals is captivity. It will be sad if/when that day comes. My fiance and I enjoy going to SeaWorld and seeing the orcas and dolphins. But we always keep in mind that these are complex creatures that really deserve our respect as much as our admiration. Tilikum for us is a constant reminder of that.
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EncounterEthereal Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Digital Artist
Yes, I am against taking them from the wild anymore but the ones that are in captivity can serve as ambassadors. I believe it was Steve Irwin who said "to touch, is to be touched." meaning that to be able to be up close and person with an animal you normally would not be able to has you leave loving that animal and it's kind. You protect, what you love.
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EarthEmerald Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
Yes, that was Steve Irwin who said that. Such a shame he died before his time. He is still desperately needed.
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EncounterEthereal Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Digital Artist
I think his son and daughter will step into his shoes and be twice the force for the environment. =)
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EarthEmerald Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
I think they will too. Bindi already seems have her father's passion.
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EncounterEthereal Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Digital Artist
totally agree with you
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TowaTheStallion45 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I agree with you beautiful animal in a bad situation i love Orca Whales such beautiful animals and so very intelligent 
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