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Just watched a great show on ABC called "sea rescue". It was about the rescue staff at seaworld. They rescued a humpback whale and a manatee. It comes on again the 25th of this month, so set your dvr. By watching this show, and looking at all the staff and equipment they have in place, it has to be costing seaworld a ton to continue the rescue efforts.

 

But you will never see this mentioned in $lackfish.

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I think the Fishheads as I come to refer to them are now in their last gasps for attention. It's great to see Sea World stock going up and turnstiles still a spinning. Give it another week or two at best and this story will be a forgotten inconvenience.

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I've decided to go to Sea World Orlando this year for the first time just to support them. I had not planned to until the last few weeks. I'll buy lots of food and merchandise while I'm there too. Tired of these fire breathers, and the news media that's stoking the flames. (Though since it wasn't nominated for an Academy Award, I think the news organizations will move on soon.)

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I've decided to go to Sea World Orlando this year for the first time just to support them.

 

Good for you, I'm doing the same thing. We're heading to Orlando on Vacation next month and added Sea World to our itinerary specifically because of this Blackfish thing. They need our support. There's nothing wrong with running a for-profit business where you have animals that are treated exceptionally well and would never survive in the wild anyway... especially when you spend a ton of money and time (that you're not obligated to spend) with conservation efforts.

 

Also, Sea World is helping animals indirectly by teaching children about the power of nature and giving them an appreciation for these animals which may inspire them to help animals in the future (even if it's something as simple as not littering on the beach). This may sound ridiculous but it's really not. Baba Dioum said it best...

 

“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught.”
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^ I just hope that, for most people, Blackfish isn't their only teacher!

 

Too bad there's a lot of people who have never been to a SeaWorld park, would never travel to a SeaWorld park, and would let Blackfish form their entire attitude towards SeaWorld...

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You can tell it's working too, because the anti-Sea World people are no longer countering what Sea World is saying (because they can't), and are just doing a witch hunt now. (That's all it's ever been, but it's blatant now.)

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SeaWorld just posted this article. It's a great read. I feel blackfish is starting to disappear. Why “Blackfish” is Propaganda, not a Documentary

 

Of course it's propaganda. That's what I've been saying all along. Trouble is it's easily dismissed right now because it's SeaWorld saying it.

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Cheers to Sea World for this released article. I must say that was a great read and makes me smile that much more that once again the Blackfish people have egg on their faces. I see nothing but great years ahead for Sea World now that this propaganda film has been exposed for the pack of lies that it is.

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You can tell it's working too, because the anti-Sea World people are no longer countering what Sea World is saying (because they can't), and are just doing a witch hunt now. (That's all it's ever been, but it's blatant now.)

 

I really like that they cited some important documents within the article as well. I'm kind of interested in reading them!

 

I did a little experiment with one of them and pressed them to try to post evidence to support themselves and the movie. It pretty much came down to them getting so pissed off saying that "they don't need facts to be right", used an expletive or two, called me a fool and he left the conversation. Throughout the conversation, I did not make fun of, swear, or attack this person; I just stated my sources and asked where his were to believing what he believed. Not once (on the TPR page or any other page), have I seen any of these "sheep" backing their opinions or beliefs with any sources or anything and their statements are always of generalized and unrealistic.

 

Glad to see this starting to fade away though and it makes me happy that I took an extra two trips last year in visiting a SeaWorld-owned park.

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I just find it funny how people are bashing Sea World because they "abuse" whales and dolphins by keeping them in tanks. Yet, none of them bat an eye when it comes to all the pets in the world that are locked in cages like snakes, lizards, spiders, fish, and rabbits.

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for the sake of credits, would journey to atlantis be a coaster?

 

I wouldn't consider it a coaster. Although, about 25% of the cycle time is spent on physical rails. The rest are free-floating segments, and those are from Station to Lift 1, Drop 1 Run-out to lift 4, and Drop 3 Run-out to station.

 

(Previously a JTA Team Member.)

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The plot thickens...

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OSHA is now investigating the inspector Lara Padgett

 

ORLANDO, Fla. -

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation into one of their own employees who was responsible for inspecting SeaWorld for safety violations following the 2010 death of killer whale trainer Dawn Brancheau.

 

Records show OSHA inspector Lara Padgett was in the midst of conducting a follow-up investigation at SeaWorld in January 2013 when she was photographed attending the premiere of the documentary "Blackfish" at the Sundance Film Festival.

 

That photo, which first appeared on the theme park news website MiceChat.com, shows Padgett posing with the cast and crew of the film.

 

"Blackfish", which takes a critical look at SeaWorld and marine mammal captivity, has been described by park officials as “misleading, inaccurate and agenda-driven."

 

While Padgett was attending the film festival in Park City, Utah, Local 6 has learned the OSHA employee spent several nights at a rental home that she shared with the filmmakers and former SeaWorld employees who appear in the documentary.

 

"The production paid for the house. No one was charged rent," said Blackfish associate producer Tim Zimmermann.

 

According to OSHA policy, "no employee shall solicit, accept, or agree to accept any form of gratuity where a conflict of interest situation may arise."

 

"OSHA is committed to fair and effective enforcement of safety and health requirements in the workplace. Allegations involving employee conduct are taken seriously and OSHA is investigating," said Jesse Lawder, OSHA spokesman.

 

Three months before attending Sundance, Padgett conducted a re-inspection at Shamu Stadium to see what safety improvements SeaWorld had made since Brancheau's death. According to records, the OSHA investigation remained open until June 2013 as Padgett tried to coordinate interviews with current SeaWorld employees. As a result of that re-inspection, OSHA issued SeaWorld a citation in June 2013 for repeat safety violations and a $38,500 fine. OSHA later withdrew that citation and fine due to an unrelated legal technicality.

 

Padgett's initial investigation into SeaWorld in 2010 prompted OSHA to issue citations for safety violations and $75,000 in fines against the marine park. A judge later reduced the fines to $12,000.

 

Padgett has appeared on OSHA's behalf at several court hearings involving the SeaWorld citations. Just before her testimony at an April 2013 hearing, Local 6 photographed Padgett wearing socks emblazoned with killer whales.

 

Padgett has also been photographed wearing a "Blackfish" T-shirt at screenings of the documentary.

 

According to records, Padgett has been employed by OSHA for 14 years, where she has investigated numerous workplace safety incidents in Central Florida, including the 2009 deadly monorail collision at Walt Disney World.

 

According to Zimmermann, Padgett "had nothing to do with the production of the

film." He added that Padgett first met the former SeaWorld trainers who appear in the documentary while interviewing them as part of her OSHA investigation.

 

"Her job was to get to know them," said Zimmermann.

 

Zimmermann said OSHA employees, including Padgett, declined to be interviewed for the documentary. SeaWorld officials also refused to participate in the film.

 

"We are aware of OSHA inspector Lara Padgett’s affiliations with the cast of 'Blackfish'," said SeaWorld spokesman Fred Jacobs. "To build its anti-captivity narrative, it relies on the accounts of people who are animal activists

and are anything but objective in their point of view. Ms. Padgett appears to be one of them."

 

SeaWorld officials are awaiting a court ruling on their appeal of the OSHA citations. If the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upholds the fines, OSHA inspectors could return to the marine park and issue more citations until OSHA is satisfied SeaWorld is adequately protecting its killer whale trainers.

 

SeaWorld also has the option of appealing an unfavorable ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

www.clickorlando.com/news/osha-investigates-employee-who-inspected-seaworld/-/1637132/24023248/-/sqyw0m/-/index.html

 

Also some activists were accusing Sea World of being involved with horrible slaughter of Dolphins in Taiji Japan. SeaWorld quickly proved them wrong.

 

Each year, hundreds of dolphins are slaughtered by Japanese fishermen in a brutal hunt known as the "drive fishery."

 

SeaWorld is opposed to these drive hunts in Japan and elsewhere. Every accredited zoo and aquarium in America also is opposed to the practice.

 

No animal in our collection is from a drive hunt. The overwhelming majority of marine mammals in our parks were born in our parks.

 

In fact, it is a violation of U.S. law to bring an animal collected in that manner into the U.S.

 

You can find out more about our stance at http://www.seaworldparksblog.com/thecove. Learn more about what zoos and aquariums are doing to stop this practice, and visit http://www.actfordolphins.org/

 

www.seaworldparksblog.com/seaworlds-position-drive-fisheries

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Wow. This actually makes me kind of angry. Not at the kids, they are just impressionable and have been misled by a documentary that has fooled many. More at how out of hand this whole situation has become, and how gullible people are when they see something as a "good cause".

 

www.malibutimes.com/news/article_01821248-83aa-11e3-8f1a-001a4bcf887a.html

 

Fifth-grader Kirra Kotler and classmates at Point Dume Marine Science School who reportedly protested a SeaWorld field trip are set to be honored by the Malibu City Council on Monday for their activism.

The field trip was cancelled in December after Kotler brought the documentary “Blackfish” to the attention of her classmates. The documentary tells the story of a massive orca whale named Tilikum, a male with a history of aggression that killed a trainer at the Orlando SeaWorld theme park in 2010. Prior to the 2010 incident, Tilikum had already been associated with the deaths of two other people.

After a survey of parents found that several students would not participate in the annual trip, which is typically scheduled for March, Principal Rebecca Johnson said she decided to cancel and instead search for a trip that would include every student.

The City Council on Monday will present Kotler and classmates with a commendation for “taking a stand against mistreatment of killer whales in captivity,” according to the agenda report.

 

I took an online survey for Australia's Sea World earlier this week, one of the questions was about attitudes to animals in captivity. So clearly the whole Blackfish thing is affecting marine parks everywhere, even those that don't look after any orcas.

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Has anyone heard anything on Ihu's Breakaway Falls? The Aquatica's in San Antonio and San Diego seem to keep people updated on what's going on with their new additions for next year. I believe the last thing we heard anything was from November. Is there any construction going on? Where is it going to be? Does anyone have an update?

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I took an online survey for Australia's Sea World earlier this week, one of the questions was about attitudes to animals in captivity. So clearly the whole Blackfish thing is affecting marine parks everywhere, even those that don't look after any orcas.

C'mon South Park. You have a gold mine for an episode plot here.

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Fifth-grader Kirra Kotler and classmates at Point Dume Marine Science School who reportedly protested a SeaWorld field trip are set to be honored by the Malibu City Council on Monday for their activism.

The field trip was cancelled in December after Kotler brought the documentary “Blackfish” to the attention of her classmates. The documentary tells the story of a massive orca whale named Tilikum, a male with a history of aggression that killed a trainer at the Orlando SeaWorld theme park in 2010. Prior to the 2010 incident, Tilikum had already been associated with the deaths of two other people.

After a survey of parents found that several students would not participate in the annual trip, which is typically scheduled for March, Principal Rebecca Johnson said she decided to cancel and instead search for a trip that would include every student.

The City Council on Monday will present Kotler and classmates with a commendation for “taking a stand against mistreatment of killer whales in captivity,” according to the agenda report.

 

No one seems to care about the park that Tilikum was at prior to Sea World. It is Sea World this, Sea World that.

 

He was housed in a two car garage sized tank with 2 other orcas.

 

This whole thing is just complete horse manure. I personally would rather Tilikum be kept at Sea World, than be released and exposed to the nasty ocean water. Let alone show up and eat someone.

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