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People expressed their disgust for a marriage proposal in the Philippines, in which the groom-to-be wrote his “big question” on the body of an entertainment dolphin.

Ocean Adventure Subic Bay posted pictures to their Facebook page of Ronaleen and Arthur’s wedding proposal. However, after the pictures were besieged by furious comments, the album was taken down.

The park insisted that the white liquid used to “pop the question” was zinc oxide, a moisturizer and sunscreen that is safe for dolphins and is also used as moisturizer by humans. It is also known to easily wash off in water. "This is the same product we use to protect the skin of stranded whales and dolphins brought to our Dolphin Rescue Center. Animals that come in sick and injured often require people in the water with them around the clock to hold them afloat. During the day, zinc oxide is applied to the dolphin’s back to protect it from the harmful rays of the sun."

However, some had their doubts as the writing in the picture above does look a little more sturdy than a moisturizer/sunscreen combo. Even those who believed it was zinc oxide still expressed their upset:

  • "Not only do you force these intelligent animals to live this way, you paint them too?" commented Facebook user Kira Baulesh.

  • "Shame on Ocean Adventure. This is not cute. You embarrass our culture," put in Leonora Corate.
  • "Seriously this is so bad in taste and disrespectful," said Vivus Loh.

Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Theresa Mundita Lim said that "from an ethical point of view, it is simply not acceptable". Jom Acebes, a scientist working in humpback whale conservation, agrees by saying ”the issue here is not the safety of using zinc oxide but the ethics behind the act of using the dolphin as a living poster board…It compounds the issue of keeping dolphins in captivity for human entertainment”.

What do you think? Is it just cute, harmless fun? Or is this another form of inhumane entertainment?

Turn Tides just posted their first ever videos on YouTube!

There are 3 new videos, so plenty for you to see and learn.

Don’t forget to leave comments telling us how we can improve your viewing experience! We also want to hear all of your views and opinions, so get watching and get typing to us!

BREAKING: The International Court of Justice has ruled Japanese whaling in the Antarctic Ocean completely illegal! The whales of the world have a reason to be happy today!

This is a much awaited ruling, as people have been campaigning for an end to Japanese “research” whaling in the Southern Ocean since before 1987.

The Japanese fleets used “scientific research” as their excuse for annually culling whales, but over the years groups have fought hard to expose this whaling expedition for what it really was - a cover-up for commercial hunting.

If you would like to read more about the Japanese’s fake scientific whaling expeditions, you can do so HERE. While this fake scientific whaling has now come to an end in the Southern Ocean, there are plenty of other stretches of water that it can take place, but it is certainly a step in the right direction!

Keep fighting for the whales with us here at Turn Tides!

The beginning of the end for SeaWorld’s shows!?

While SeaWorld may be celebrating its 50th anniversary, it may not have many more birthday shows to come.

After the Blackfish documentary was released in January last year it has created a phenomenal wave of disgust in SeaWorld’s direction.

SeaWorld suffered a whopping $15.9 million loss, and also had to disable commenting on many of their Facebook pages and their YouTube account due to the amount of protest they received from the public. But that won’t silence the world - the blows at SeaWorld are still continuing, and are rising to a whole new level.

Senator Greg Ball proposed legislation in New York that ban keeping orca in captivity - and it has passed in the state’s Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation this week. Senate Bill 6613 would ban “the possession and harbouring of killer whales in New York State aquariums and sea parks” (Sen. Greg Bill).

Also, earlier this month (7th March 2014) assemblyman Richard Bloom introduced the Orca Welfare and Safety Act in the state of California. Bill AB 2140 would ban the captivity of killer whales for entertainment purposes, captive orca breeding, and it would also put an end to the importation and deportation of orca into, and out of the state. The “Blackfish Bill”, as it’s also known, has already gained over 1 million signatures and is looking very promising due to its tremendous support.

Is this the beginning of the end for SeaWorld’s orca and dolphin performances? Let us hope so!

If you would like to learn more about Blackfish V SeaWorld don’t hesitate to contact us here at Turn Tides.

Also, don’t forget to sign the Blackfish Bill (AB 2140) Petition! Every signature counts.

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Update (28th March 2014): We have changed some of the information above to stress the closure of the orca shows and not SeaWorld as a whole. We are aware that SeaWorld makes a few rescue and conservation contributions also, but the focus of this article is on the freedom of the orcas and, hopefully in the future, the dolphins.

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"There are seven species of sea turtle, all of which are listed on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species.

The cheloniidae family includes all the sea turtles apart from the leatherback. Sea turtles can live up to 80 years and spend most of their lives submerged. 

They mate at sea and the females come ashore to lay their eggs in nests dug into the sand. A hatchling’s gender is dependent on the temperature of the sand and there is concern that climate change will affect sea turtle populations as warmer temperatures may cause an increase in the proportion of hatching female turtles and a decrease in the number of males.”

Taken from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Sea_turtle

This would cause less availability for sea turtles to mate in the future, reduce the sea turtle’s population as a whole.

If you would like to learn more about Sea Turtles and what you can do to help, don’t hesitate to contact us here on Turn Tides.

If, like us here at Turn Tides you live in Ireland, say hello to the Angel Shark. But bear in mind, you might have to be saying goodbye to them pretty soon.

There are an estimated 12 angel sharks left swimming through Irish waters. The angel shark has been native to Ireland for over 4 million years, however they are now far beyond critically threatened, after decades of netting has almost wiped out the entire population.

They are as peaceful, graceful and fascinating as the native Irish red deer, or red squirrel. Yet as they are “out of sight, they are out of mind”.

Mr Flannery, the director of Dingle Ocean World, said “It is a matter of priority. If this isn’t done it’s a major species gone from our environment.”

If you would like to discover more about the angel shark or what you can do to help in your locality, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Turn Tides.

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!