While the world celebrates the Killer Whale just born at SeaWorld San Diego, a sad reminder of the harsh realities for wild whales has washed ashore.
Off the coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the body of J32, also known as Rhapsody, an 18-year-old member of the J Pod from the Southern Resident Killer Whale population has washed ashore.
J32 was believed to be pregnant, and while no known cause of death is known right now, it is an immediate reminder of the immense pressure that wild whales experience everyday.
Earlier this week when SeaWorld announced the birth, radical activists “mourned” the birth at SeaWorld, painting a fantasy fairytale-like picture of wild orcas.
However, the harsh reality is wild Orcas are in serious trouble. The Southern Resident Killer Whale populations which include J, K and L pods is now down to 77 members from a peak population of 98 members in 1995; all the while radical activists keep trying to defame SeaWorld. It is time for that to end.
Here at Awesome Ocean, have been reporting about premature orca deaths here since we launched this past summer. We have tried to showcase the immediate need and plight of wild whales. The very whales that truly need our help. The 77 remaining orcas of the Southern Resident whales need our money, research, tweets, Facebook posts, and blog rants. They need our full attention.
Focusing on SeaWorld’s 27 loved and cared for killer whales does nothing to help the plight of the Southern Resident Killer Whales.
What does and will help is visiting SeaWorld.
SeaWorld announced as part of it’s Blue World project that they would be donating $10,000,000 to help the Southern Resident Killer Whales, an unprecedented investment in this population of animals. So while activists defame SeaWorld, they are hurting the very organization that is doing and investing the most to save the animals they claim to love.
We ask for everyone who is tweeting #BlackFish and #EmptyTheTanks to stop, and join us as we start tweeting #SaveThePods as a call to arm for everyone who loves Killer Whales. Together we can work to save the Southern Resident Killer Whales, together we can save wild populations of Killer Whales from suffering the same fate as J32.
Join us, as we work to save animals that truly need our help, the Southern Resident Killer Whales.