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‘Blackfish’

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Today I finally got around to watching ‘Blackfish’ which is currently causing a stir in all the right reasons or wrong (whichever way you’d like to look at it), I would personally say for all the right reasons as it’s been raising awareness of such a barbaric business since it’s release. For those that haven’t seen it ‘Blackfish’ is a powerful documentary/film about the Killer Whales at ‘Seaworld’ in Orlando, Florida and how these amazing animals can suddenly turn aggressive, causing serious harm and even death to the trainers that work closely with them. Namely following one particular one called Tilikum.

A lot of stories that came back out of the woodwork were covered up by ‘Seaworld’, obviously to protect their wealth. As you can imagine they must make millions each year by attracting the public to view their displays. Of course it’s a success because we as humans show a desire to be up close to amazing creatures like Killer Whales and many others.

I myself have watched Dolphin shows in Barcelona and swam with Sea Lions in Spain but that in itself could have potentially gone wrong at any moment as Sea Lions can give a nasty bite and their muscley bodies give an indication to how strong they are. All animals are unpredictable and I think people tend to forget that. We don’t know what’s going through their minds.

The emotional torture the Orcas go through is beyond belief. Originally they were captured from the wild and their babies were their main targets because they would be easy to transport and train. They sent boats after them and because the Whales knew what was happening they devised a plan and split up. The males would swim one way to cause a distraction while the females swam in a different direction with their babies staying underwater for as long as possible to avoid being seen. Unfortunately they couldn’t stay underwater forever and when they eventually came up for air they were found by planes that were sent out to direct the boats towards them.

They would be captured by nets in an area with no escape and a baby would be taken from them. As Killer Whales are highly emotional mammals, capable of emotions more complex than humans they were desperately communicating with each other during the ordeal. They build very strong bonds with each other and will suffer grief at the loss of a loved one. One man in the film choked up as he explained that he felt like he was kidnapping a child from its mother. On one occasion they had ended up with 3 dead Orca’s in their nets and were ordered to cut them open and fill them with rocks to sink them.

There are many ridiculous stories but that one will always stick in my mind. ‘Seaworld’ were given the chance to have their say but refused and because the film has made such an impact they have appealed. I know there are two sides to every story but I’m not the slightest bit interested to hear what they have to say. They’re business is despicable and needs to close down along with other similar establishments.

I would like to say well done to all of the former trainers, directors and other staff that came forward to help film the documentary/film, they deserve respect for sharing their stories which must have been hard to talk about. People need to know the truth, ‘Seaworld’ can not carry on treating the Whales like they do and lying and covering up things. Thank you to those who put ‘Blackfish’ together, it has opened the eyes of the naive (through no fault of their own) and confirmed suspicions for those of us that already suspected something dodgy.

What I have written about is just a snippet of what went on in the film so I would recommend that if you care a great deal about animals and don’t like to be kept in the dark to watch this detailed and well researched documentary/film. The whole thing made me angry and heartbroken but I’m glad I watched it. I could go on and on but the only way to gain a true perspective is to watch it for yourselves. Last but not least my condolences go out to the families and friends of the trainers that lost their lives while working with the Killer Whales.

‘Blackfish’ has been broadcasted on T.V but is also available on iTunes, DVD and Blu ray.

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Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium

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Being a big cat lover I was excited to hear about a new business idea by Lauren Pears. She plans to open a cat cafe in London. I had never heard of such a thing before, but apparently it’s very popular in Japan. Basically it’s a place you can go for tea and cakes and a chance to interact with lovely felines while you’re there. This is a great idea for anyone who can’t keep cats for themselves because landlords won’t allow it. This particularly appeals to me as I can’t risk getting a cat before I move to a flat in fear of this exact reason. I would love nothing more than to be able to devote my spare time to my favourite animal.

As an animal lover I’m constantly worrying about the welfare of animals within the environment of various collections. But I have no concern whatsoever about the welfare of the cats in the care of this establishment. Lauren insists that the welfare of the cats is of up most importance and I can imagine that the animals will absolutely love all the attention from visitors to the cafe once it is up and running. The business will also offer customers the chance to adopt a cat which will help with the running costs of their care.

Lauren is currently working towards raising money to make her dream a reality. She has already received a lot of press which has so far helped raise over £13,000. This is where you can help! If you would like to donate to ‘Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium’ then just click on the link which will take you to Lauren’s indiegogo page. If you are strapped for cash but still want to help then spread the word… re-blog my post or write your own, advertise it on your social networking sites and go share some love by liking and leaving messages of support on the facebook and twitter pages. In the mean time take a look at the video which explains everything.

Paignton Zoo

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Paignton zoo is another of my favourite places to visit when I’m in Devon and definitely my favourite zoo in the UK. It’s not the biggest zoo which makes it more appealing to me. There’s nothing worse than visiting a big zoo and feeling like giving up half way around. Here are just a few photo’s from my recent visit, the highlight being the desert habitat created inside a giant glass house where you will find tropical birds, lizards, snakes etc. The birds fly around freely and if your lucky you can capture some amazing photo’s of them. check out Paignton Zoo’s website for more details http://www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/

Living Coasts

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While I was in Devon, I visited one of two of my favourite places. Living Coasts is a coastal zoo in Torquay and I spent quite a lot of time there a couple of years ago. Their main attraction is the penguins on penguin beach where they are free to roam where they please and where you can get up close and personal (avoiding physical contact). Besides the penguins they have various species of sea birds, otters, fur seals and an aquarium. It doesn’t take long to walk round but it’s worth staying longer to watch all the feeds and talks especially the fur seals. If you plan on visiting yourself check out the website for more information first http://www.livingcoasts.org.uk/

Destined for Bigger Things!

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I’ve often had the feeling that I haven’t quite reached my ultimate goal in life. I have been in the same career (which I can’t name) for about 14/15 years. During that time I had a 2 year break and went back to full-time education. I decided that I wanted to be a zoo keeper so I completed an Animal Management course and obtained various and valuable experience in this field. But much to my horror, at the end of the course I went back to the career that I originally wanted to get away from just to have some money coming in and now after much thought I’m not even sure if zoo keeping was actually for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love working with animals and I know I’ve got what it takes to be a zoo keeper but the only thing that puts me off is working outside in all weathers. I have never been that great with extreme temperatures… I hate being too cold or too hot.

After more consideration I have now come to the conclusion that something I have continuously been interested in has been staring me in the face all along… writing! and now that I think back, it makes perfect sense. Back at school, which seems like a very distant memory I suggested putting a magazine together to distribute to pupils who may have been interested in reading it. I rallied a small team together only to be turned down by the head teacher so I decided not to pursue it. Several years ago I wrote a children’s story aimed at Toddlers, I sent some copies out to many publishers but all I got back was rejection letters so I gave up. Not to say that I wasn’t going to attempt it again in the future… that’s something that may also be in the pipe-line. And of course, there has been blog writing and through that I have discovered my passion for writing reviews and short articles although I don’t do it very often.

Last night I looked around on-line for a course that could possibly suit me. Distance learning would be ideal so I could still work and earn money. So I found the London School of Journalism. Their Freelance and Feature Writing course sounds suitable for what I want to do so I’m going to take time to think about it to make sure that’s what I really want to do. I have started a distance learning course before on Avian Studies but after completing the first unit I lost interest which isn’t the best thing to do when it’s costing you money. So if anyone out there reading this has any tips or information about studying with the London School of Journalism then please, by all means leave a comment, I need all the help I can get.