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Marineland Protest on Labour Day Weekend 2016

Hey people I know this late but ever since school started I haven’t really had much time on my hands. Grade 5 is a lot of work!!

Anyways, on Monday I was very happy to see so many friendly faces at the Marineland protest!  I was even more proud when we sent 3 families home!

It was heartbreaking though to come back from seeing Orcas in the wild to knowing that there was another Orca sad and trapped in a tank.

I also saw Phil Demers (activist against Marineland) there. He was very kind and we talked about how captivity is wrong and about Zeus the walrus. If you have not seen the video of Zeus you should defiantly go check it out. Unfortunately he is still at Marineland and is in horrible shape.  A walrus is not supposed to look the way he does in the video!  It breaks my heart even to watch and I could not watch till the end. I will put the link at the bottom.

There was also Mike Garrett at the Marineland protest. He organized the whole thing…..He did a very good job. He needs all the support he can get. He makes sure that the protests are family friendly and appropriate for kids like me.

Also, I will share with you a video of highlights of the demonstration from that day.  Phil, Mike and I all have an important message in it for you and we even have a clip in it of how we changed minds and people decided not to go in so please watch! (If you watch until the end, that’s where I come in!🙂 )

Moving on, they were also selling wrist bands there… I got 2, one that says Save Kiska and Save Smooshi and another that says I love dolphins, stop the slaughter Taiji.  All round it was another great demonstration and I am proud to have attended again! #emptythetanks

See ya soon guys….. stay posted!!!🙂

Danica

 

 

 

 

Taiji Dolphin Hunt

Hey everyone… so tomorrow the Taiji Dolphin Hunt in Japan starts and basically what that is, is a bunch of fisherman in Japan go out on little boats and hunt dolphins. They do this because they want to sell the dolphins to aquariums, swim with the dolphin programs and sadly for food😦 all over the world.

Any dolphin that they think is “not good enough” they kill it and throw it back into the ocean. This goes on for about 6-8 months and last year Japan killed 652 dolphins :(  This is absolutely horrific!

I truly think it is a stupid thing to do and killing a poor innocent and intelligent animal  is absolutely cruel. As you may have heard in my last post there is a protest for this cause and I might be there.  Please help stop this cruelness and DO NOT SUPPORT THE TAIJI DOLPHIN HUNT!!!!!!!

For more information, please visit Ric O’Barry and the Dolphin project at http://www.dolphinproject.net  Ric is the voice behind stopping the violence against dolphins.  Hopefully one day, I will get to meet him.  #DolphinProject #EndCaptivity #TheCove

Upcoming Events….#emptythetanks

September 1 Japan Dolphin Day Toronto 2016

A peaceful demonstration to let everyone know about the Taiji dolphin drive.

 

September 5th 2016 Marineland Protest

A family Friendly protest to tell people that animal captivity is wrong.

 

Hope to see you all there!!!

 

 

My Special Trip to Friday Harbor 2016

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My biggest dream came true on July 19th 2016.  I saw my
favourite animal ever….The Killer Whale, aka Blackfish. I was so
happy and amazed to see a real live actual Orca. I had no words.
It was just beautiful.

So My family took the ferry across the ocean to San Juan Islands
to see the Orca. It was a beautiful little island also known as
Friday Harbour and I loved it, They had a little town and we
stayed in a hotel there for a few days.

First we went on a zodiac and we had to wear these big jackets
and snowpants. They were huge on me because they were meant
for adults so we wouldn‛t get cold. The zodiac was awesome
because it was a speed boat and allowed us to get to the Orcas
quickly. We went into the Salish Sea which was where the Orcas
were and then the boat stopped and I saw a black dorsal fin
cutting through the water. It was the Orca!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was very very,
very happy. I didn‛t even have time to think of what I just saw
because then 4 more dorsal fins cut through the water…3 males
and 1 female. Then I saw the most amazing thing… The Orca
breached!! Twice!! They were just popping out of the water 4 by 4.

Then at the very end when everything was quiet 1 orca named
Onyx came to the surface of the water to take a breath and I
heard it! I heard it and it was awesome. I could hear the water
spraying and even see the water spraying out of his blowhole.
See there are 3 pods of orcas, J pod, K pod, and L pod. I adopted
an orca from L pod named Mystic. The pods we saw last week
were L pod and J pod and I saw 15-20 Orcas that day!

The last Orca I saw on that boat trip was Granny. She is the oldest orca
alive-105 years old and she is in J pod, J2 to be exact. She was
the closest Orca we saw and we know that was her because her
dorsal fin has a knick on it in the shape of a crescent moon.

So many Orcas that day! I can‛t get those images of Onyx,
Granny, Blackberry, Solstice, Muncher (Mystic‛s brother) and more
out of my head. You guys should really go to San Juan Islands and
see a real happy orca. Cuz trust me………. It‛s amazing!

My Favorite Vacation Pics on San Juan Island!

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A Great Birthday Gift

Hey Guys–

I think my message is getting to everyone and here’s how I know why.

Today was my birthday and at the end of the day two whole classes sang “Happy Birthday” to me and in between every verse of “Happy birthday to You” The whole class said “Whales are Awesome!”

At the end one boy in my class said “#emptythetanks” It totally made my day. This is living proof that my message is getting to them.

The message is “Any living breathing thing is not meant to be put in a box/tank. For example, a orca should be free, not used for entertainment. Even in the movie Finding Dory which I saw this weekend, the message was very clear “Oceans don’t have walls” and that is why the animals should be free.

So I hope you lovely’s enjoyed my post and ya….have a great rest of the day!!

 

 

Dolphin Captivity

Hello everyone. Today I am going to teach you about dolphin captivity. This is very important and I feel like everyone should know about this and how wrong it is.

When people tell you that the dolphins like it in a tank, its not true. When people tell you that the dolphins are smiling that is true but not in the way you think, dolphins can’t change their expression. So when a dolphin is sad and lonely it can’t actually show that it is sad and lonely it can only show happiness. All day everyday.

Almost every day from September to April more then 750 dolphins are killed in Japan for food. The dolphins are drawn in with fish and then killed in the most horrible way. They are separated from their family’s and killed but if the dolphins meat is not “right'” then they will throw them back into the ocean where they will sink to the bottom. Many people in Japan don’t know that they are eating dolphin meat. I don’t think this is right. Some people are just cruel.   Also, dolphins that are not used for meat, are sent to aquariums, used for entertainment and are used in swim with the dolphins in famous vacation places like the Bahamas.  Don’t ever go to one of those.  It’s so sad to see a human riding on a dolphin!  How is that okay?

Lets save those dolphins!

Lets Save Kiska!

Hi people!

Since the weather is warming up I’m feeling motivated to write about an up coming event.  I want to go to Marineland  but it’s not what you think!  It’s that time of year again…Marineland is opening once again for the 56th time, and I am going to be there. …Not to go in but to stand outside and protest.

I’m hoping to see some friendly faces out there letting people know that what Marineland is doing is wrong. My sister and I are already making signs!

Come join me and my friends on May 21st from 11am to 2pm for Marineland’s Opening Day Demonstration.

Be a voice for the voiceless!

 

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Fascinating Marine Facts

Hi everyone today I am not going to be talking about animal captivity. Instead I am going to be talking about the ocean and the wonderful animals inside it, so sit back relax and enjoy….

 

Fist lets talk about the ocean where all sea animals live. The ocean is my favorite habitat as you have probably figured out by now. The ocean is like a lake but is way bigger its salt water and there is  bigger animals living inside it. The ocean is salt water but lakes rivers and ponds do not have salt water. When\if you go snorkeling you will find that the ocean is deep…very deep and the deeper you go the more murky and dark it gets but when you don’t go very deep there is colorful fish coral and the water is brighter.  In the ocean there are different types of whales  { killer whale, humpback whale or blue whale} seals turtles sharks and many more. And last but not least those big boats and cruises that you go on pollute the ocean and hurt the sea animals in the ocean because the engine is filled with all kinds of chemicals and dirty stuff. And that is the end of learning about the ocean hope you enjoyed it!

 

Next lets talk about whales but we will talk about the obvious types of whales like

  • killer whale/orca
  • humpback and
  • the blue whale

there are two types of whales

  • baleen whales
  • and toothed whales

toothed whales are whales like

  • the killer whale
  • and the dolphin

Yes the dolphin is a whale…a toothed whale and finally the baleen whales are

  • the humpback whale
  •  the blue whale and many more

The largest animal on earth  is the blue whale. its heart weight as much as an elephant and it was even bigger then dinosaurs! crazy!

 

Next lets talk about turtles…..  Turtles are not that big…They are not like whales whales are the giants of the sea and they are nothing like sharks sharks have sharp teeth and sometimes attack people. Sometimes if you have been scuba diving with turtles then sometimes you will find that the turtle only has three fins, this is because a shark has bit off of the turtles fin  ): Turtles normally eat coral. Another fun fact is that there are little fish that clean the turtles shells…Very cool! Hope now you plan to visit a tropical place and see some turtles!

 

Finally lets talk about the boys favorite animal…..The shark.

The shark is a vicious animal and can be found munching on a turtle…. YIKES!!!!! Also did you know that there are more then 465 species of sharks living in the ocean! now that’s cool! Even though sharks don’t have a very good eye site they still have a great sense of smell. they find their prey and then attack! And one last fact about the shark…..You know how when we loose a tooth it dose not grow back? Well when sharks loose a tooth (which is pretty much every week) they grow back! how interesting is that?

 

well I hope you enjoyed listening/reading about the ocean and all its awesome spectacular animals that still roam the ocean to this day.

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