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    Domoic Acid Neurotax

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    A recent study proposed and led by researcher Dr. Peter Cook has established a connection between Domoic acid, a neurotoxin produced by Pseudonitsczhia algal blooms and spatial memory loss in Californian Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus). In one of the experiments conducted, similarities between within session errors and spatial tasking of sea lions and rodents’ were measured. Test subjects were given four locations to forage for food after initial feeding at the central location, and are later…

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    Orcas (Also known as killer whales and blackfish), are the largest member of the dolphin family. They are known for their great size and black and white markings. Wild orcas live in oceans and seas all over the world, but are abundant in Iceland, Antarctica, and the Pacific Northwest. Captive orcas live in marine animal water parks such as SeaWorld and Marineland. In this report, I will be discussing the hunting, social behavior, similarities to dolphins, the reason behind the killings of…

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    Commonly known as the Killer whale, Orcinis Orca, isn’t actually a whale: its part of the dolphin family. (Ocean Today, n.d.) It does share a lot of the same characteristics of dolphins, but the Orca has some unique features of its own. Its camouflage coloring for example, is counter shaded, black on the top and mostly white on the bottom. If you are looking down from above, the black on the dorsal side mixes with the dark waters of the ocean. If you’re looking up from below, the white on the…

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    In the wild, whales travel and hunt in pods, which are considered to be their family units. Although there are different groups, the resident, transient, and offshore killer whales, these animals most commonly remain with their family unit for most of or all of their lives. Every pod has its own unique sounds, closely resembling a form of language (National Geographic). Being brought into captivity, whales are put into confined spaces with other whales from different places, different pods, and…

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    Should Orcas Be Set Free? Many people can probably say they have been to a Shamu show at SeaWorld. They probably sat and watched how the magnificent Killer Whales do everything their trainer 's say. It’s amazing how well they listen and are able to learn all the different motions. In the 1960’s, Orcas began being hunted and sold to amusement parks for millions of dollars. They are pack animals, and travel together within their pod. Orcas are taken from their families, are underfed, and spend…

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    Analysis and Synthesis The controversial practice of capture killer Whales train for entertainment purposes have risen an outrage to the public in 2013 by a documentary “Blackfish.” Since then, the growing uneasiness with the concept of that as humans, can we maintain a balance of respect for nature and desire capture and train spectacular things up close, for entertainment? The documentary “Blackfish” makes strong appeals to the audience focused on an orca performer Tilikum that killed…

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    Killer Whale; not so Killer When was it normal to keep something in captivity for the rest of its life? In Gabriela Cowperthwaite and Manuel Oteyza’s documentary, Blackfish, it goes into detail about how many trainers were injured/killed by orca whales. In the documentary it also talks about what captivity does to orcas, and the emotional toll brought onto the trainers and their families, and the orcas and as well as their families. Stop making the harmless into killers and start making the…

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    Blackfish: Documentary Analysis Blackfish is an award winning documentary, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, which captures its audiences and takes them on an informative journey that tells a riveting story. This documentary showcases an argument about Orca whales in captivity and the safety of the trainers. The purpose of this documentary is to bring to light if animals, specifically Orca Whales should be held in captivity and if it is a safety issue for the animal trainers. Briefly in the…

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    How would you feel if someone kidnapped you and took you far away from your family? What if you did some dangerous job just to be fed? Well sadly, that is exactly what has happened to some unlucky sea animals. These dolphins and Sea Lions should not be used in the Navy because they are at risk of losing their lives, they are deceived by their task and think that they are playing a game, and they are fighting for victory of a problem they did not start. Dolphins and Sea Lions are at risk of…

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    Is it an Immeasurable Lie “Blackfish” the truth comes out. At Sea World animals are being abused, and the truth withheld from the public. In the movie “Blackfish” the whole truth comes out about how Sea World lied about whales and the death of trainers. Using ethos, logos and pathos the movie tells the whole truth. The truth that Sea World would not release to the public, but instead lied about just about every situation there was, that involved a whale or a trainer. To begin with, in the…

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