Can a Beluga Make Jokes About a Blackfish?

Douglas Adams had it right. ORIGINALLY POSTED DEC 13, 2013 According to theme park news site Screamscape.com, five of the big name performers scheduled for an upcoming annual concert series at SeaWorld Orlando have cancelled their bookings over concerns about allegations brought up in the recent documentary film Blackfish.  I have both seen the film, of which I was … Continue reading Can a Beluga Make Jokes About a Blackfish?

Dolphin Trainer’s Death Linked with Huge Aquarium Bids in Spain and Georgia

On the morning of March 3, Jose Luis Barbero Hernandez kissed his wife goodbye, stepped into his Peugeot, and drove from his home in the town of El Toro on the Spanish island of Mallorca to a meeting at which he never arrived.  Out of concern that he had reported death threats following the release of an … Continue reading Dolphin Trainer’s Death Linked with Huge Aquarium Bids in Spain and Georgia

From Russia with Love . . . and Delays: The Strange Saga of the Really Big Tanks

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED MARCH 3, 2014 The city of St Petersberg, Russia, announced last month that it has allocated nine acres of land for the construction of a new oceanarium. Construction will begin in August, with the oceanarium opening around three years later.  The US$96 million project will feature an aquarium, two arenas for performing marine … Continue reading From Russia with Love . . . and Delays: The Strange Saga of the Really Big Tanks

Anima Mundi

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 15, 2014 Apologies to the great Godfrey Reggio for appropriating the title of his short film.  Make sure you take your children to see his latest, Visitors.  It has a real gorilla. This blog post may seem very insensitive.  Because it is.  You’ve been warned. WHY KILLING ZOO ANIMALS IS COOL Recently, there’s … Continue reading Anima Mundi

THE BIG PICTURE – Sochi’s Orcas

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 3, 2014 I’m not an animal activist by any means.  I’m not, as they say, “anti-cap.”  Which is why as I read through the writings of the anti-SeaWorld and animal rights crowds, I continually become flabbergasted at how single-sided and incomplete the articles and the blog posts are.  Lately, I’ve been reading … Continue reading THE BIG PICTURE – Sochi’s Orcas