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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.

Facebook page ‘Blackfish’

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31 Day Gratitude Experiment – Week 2

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Here’s my second installment of the ’31 Day Gratitude Experiment’

Day 6

I am grateful for:

  • Being able to enjoy my own company.
  • Having full vision to be able to appreciate amazing images and art.
  • Being a geek and not a sheep (I’d hate to be a follower).
  • The strength and will power that I possess.
  • Having ambition and drive.

Day 7

I am grateful for:

  • A nice cup of tea to wake me up in the morning
  • Having passion for everything I do.
  • My sense of humour.
  • Having people who care about me.
  • People that take an interest in what I do/say.

Day 8

I am grateful for:

  • The opportunity to appreciate beautiful creatures.
  • The sun’s brief appearance today.
  • The banter with work colleagues that gets me though the day.
  • Being happily single.
  • The opportunity to offer advice.

Day 9

I am grateful for:

  • Being given one extra days holiday added onto what I normally have at work for this year 🙂
  • Being able to hold a tune (I love to sing around the house).
  • The time and inspiration to blog.
  • The opportunity to read others blogs and get an insight into others lives.
  • The respect and understanding of everyone’s differences.

Day 10

I am grateful for:

  • appreciating some peace and quiet during a busy day.
  • Being able to look at things from a different perspective.
  • everyone that stops to read my blog posts.
  • That chocolate bar I’d forgotten I had.
  • Being indoors in the warm on a cold day.

Day 11

I am grateful for:

  • The kind invites I get from friends to join them at various social events.
  • Having an influence on so many small lives.
  • The bond I have with my customers.
  • Appreciating the beautiful flowers that a lady sells outside my work place.
  • The ability to read and write.

Day 12

I am grateful for:

  • The response I got from a blogger who received my supportive message.
  • the yummy Chinese takeaway I treat myself to on occasions.
  • My sense of taste.
  • My sense of smell to enable me to appreciate the scent of food and my Yankee Candle wax tarts.
  • sitting in on a cold night watching t.v with the parents.

Day 13

I am grateful for:

  • Realising what I should be grateful for.
  • Those lazy relaxing Sundays.
  • The moon and the stars and how pretty they are to look at
  •  The products I use that help keep me clean and well-groomed e.g. Shampoo, shower gel ect.
  • having patience.

2012 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Well thank you great stats helper monkey’s!

Despite getting the most ever views on my post ‘A Super Disappointment’ I had absolutely NO likes on it. The infamous crown of thorns subject caused quite a stir. Yes it was rather controversial and I wrote it in haste but did I really deserve the one (quite childish if I may add) comment that I received from a Sarah Jane Willow who obviously thought my opinion counts for others. I’m sorry to say I can give back just as much as I get. But can I just say that what I include in my blog posts is a matter of interest and personal taste and  doesn’t necessarily reflect the opinions of others. I’m just a mere speck in the blogosphere. I do respect the opinions of other and encourage people to leave comments on my posts (more comments please) if they are constructive and don’t launch into abusive drivel.

I would like to say a huge thank you to the biggest commenter of my blog posts the lovely Miss Hayley who also writes some fantabulous blog posts so please check her out.

to all my visitors/followers please don’t pass by without a like or a comment as it’s nice to know that people exist out there once in a while 🙂

with much appreciation

Sheryl