Seaworld don’t have any reason to be jumping for joy anymore. But the whales sure do!
Roughly 1.4 million Americans tuned in to watch the new documentary Blackfish when it aired on CNN just a few weeks ago. Ever since, Seaworld is being battered by public opinion and outrage.
On the 27th of October Seaworld San Diego has even had to disable public commenting on their official Facebook page as their members of staff were not able to delete the public’s comments fast enough. People who have tried to call Seaworld centers directly have reported over a 25 minute wait before their call was answered, and when they do express their concerns it is obvious that the Seaworld staff member on the receiving end of the phone has been given a speech to repeatedly read out to any opinionated callers.
It has also been reported that in the last 3 months since Blackfish has aired in cinemas across the world, that “SeaWorld Entertainment Inc.’s stock has been sliding” and they have lost millions of dollars in annual sales just within the space of 3 months.
Let’s just hope Seaworld drowns sooner, rather than later!
This super quick adult seal knew its speed and agility were far more advanced than that of this great white shark. This lead to the playful seal twirling around the shark, swimming in front of its mouth and even tauntingly biting the sharks tail!
After this 15 minute game of cat-and-mouse, the seal zipped off into the distance and left the shark to continue its peaceful glide through the ocean. The shark remained very calm throughout the whole ordeal and as he did not pursue the seal at the end of their fun, the majestic great white obviously thought of the seal as more of a friend then some food. (“Fish are friends, not food”, anyone?). The shark was described by the photographer (Marc Henauer) as more of a “gaming friend” than a predator to the seal.
Proof that sharks don’t need to eat everything that comes their way! If you’d like to learn more about sharks or seals, visit us here at Turn Tides!
Every August to October it’s a tradition in China to suck the flesh out of these “Hairy Crabs”. The Hairy Crab sells like hotcakes - but hotcakes aren’t normally sold in vending machines. LIVE Hairy Crabs though? Apparently they are.
On September 11th, a vending machine stocked with live crabs appeared on a street in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province. The machine, which is restocked daily, sells crabs for around 20 RMB ($3.27), along with the appropriate accouterments (crab vinegar and two bags of ginger tea).
These machines can sell up to 200 crabs a day, and the machine manufacturers boasted crab-savvy innovations, such as climate control and packaging:
The machine’s temperature of 5-10° C preserved the crabs in a dormant state longer than was possible in a stall, leading many people to call them “sleeping crabs.”
But the machines so called “winning characteristic” is it’s packaging. The plastic you see around the crab is an edible container that neither broke the crabs’ legs nor suffocated them. Dubbed “Golden Armor,” the new container could be dropped in boiling water at home, minimizing pinching risk. The crab then boiled in the package, and the package could then be eaten along with the crab (but the nutrition found in the packaging is somewhat questionable).
There was a similar crab vending machine set up in 2011 but the company in charge of restocking the machine refused to do so. They did not say why but local media reports suggests the machine was more successful as a marketing stunt than anything else. “Since more people ogled the vending machine crabs than actually bought them, the crab mortality rate [of the crabs] was fairly high,” said the Yangzi Evening News.
But this year the company “Liu” is banking on the machine’s marketing benefits in the hopes of boosting the company’s crab brand, and as such, have set up more of these machines across China.
If you would like to find out how to put a stop to this horrifically cruel act, please message us here at TURN TIDES.
FIN-tastic news! Hong Kong has decided to ban Bluefin Tuna meat and Shark fin soup at all official functions.
Hong Kong’s government has announced it will stop serving shark fin and bluefin tuna at official functions, in a move lauded by conservation groups. In a statement, the government of Hong King said it would also encourage government-funded bodies to do the same.
Hong Kong is one of the world’s biggest markets for shark fin. However, imports have declined as conservation groups have sprouted up in full force due to the drop of bluefin tuna species by 96%, and of shark species by 70%.
In a press release, the government said it was taking this step because the dishes “have aroused international and local concern because they are either captured or harvested in ecologically unfriendly or unsustainable ways, or cause other conservation concerns”.
Every year on September 1st the brutal mass-murdering of dolphins takes place in Japan’s ” Secret Cove”, in Taiji. 2013 was no exception.
2 days ago fishermen and buyers from marine parks (such as $eaWorld) gathered in the bay and began their hunt of up to 2,000 dolphins. But something was different this time…
For the first time in history, the cove was completely taken over by protesters, who braved against the Japanese law enforcers in order to have their hearts heard.
This man pictured above actually dove under the water, and upon hearing the screams and cries of the many families of dolphins, arose to the surface in tears - it was both touching and surreal.
TurnTides would like to thank you, the brave activists who broke into the cove (despite many signs, fences, railings, and people trying to stop you) in order to show Japan the truth. In our eyes, you are truly heroes among men.
For more information about dolphins and the annual dolphin slaughter at the Cove, visit HERE.