Orca Resistance at Sea World: The Struggle of Nootka and Tilikum

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Orca Resistance at Sea World: The Struggle of Nootka and Tilikum

Orca Resistance at Sea World: The Struggle of Nootka and Tilikum


"In November 2006, Kasatka, the Sea World Orca, attempted to drown her trainer. Yesterday it was Tilikum's turn - killing his aquarium trainer.."


I don't want no mates, there's just too many captains on this island. Ten thousand dollars for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing. - Quint, Jaws 1975


I wonder if Unionist will get upset that someone was killed by Orca.

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wonder what Muquinna's they are?   ;)



Vancouver Aquarium plans next moves after commissioners ban displaying whales and dolphins in parks


For decades, the Vancouver Aquarium managed to beat back animal-welfare activists' efforts to ban keeping whales, dolphins, and porpoises in captivity.

The aquarium's key supporters over the years were pillars of the Vancouver establishment and the federal Liberal party. They included Jimmy Sinclair, a long-time North Vancouver MP and the grandfather of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Sinclair was fisheries minister when he opened the aquarium in 1956 with mayor Fred Hume.

A major benefactor of the aquarium for many years was money manager Richard Bradshaw. He was a long-time business partner of deceased former mayor and ex-Liberal MP Art Phillips. Phillips was married to former city councillor, former Vancouver Board of Trade chair, and former provincial finance minister Carole Taylor.

Yet another big supporter has been former provincial cabinet minister long-time Alzheimer's disease researcher Pat McGeer. He's an ex-leader of the B.C. Liberals.

The Vancouver Board of Trade and Tourism Vancouver have also been strong allies of the aquarium.

They all admired the efforts of the aquarium's founding director, Murray Newman, to create a research facility and for displaying orcas to educate the public about these creatures. The revenues generated through ticket sales, school trips, and large and small donations fuelled the growth of this registered charity into a major Vancouver tourist attraction.

Some of this windfall was used to treat injured marine mammals, ensuring a steady flow of warm and fuzzy images and positive publicity on nightly newscasts about the aquarium's education, research, and conservation programs. Its Ocean Wise sustainable-seafood program has helped the aquarium make many friends in the restaurant industry.

Again and again, these influential citizens and their friends ensured that aquarium-friendly park candidates would be nominated by the NPA. This facilitated the expansion of the aquarium's footprint in Stanley Park.