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CatThiefKeith Wed 14-May-14 07:27:48

Dh has been to Florida twice, both times as a child, and is determined we will take dd (3) when she is old enough.

Ever since I was little I have been fascinated by whales and dolphins, and I grew up (70's/80's) wanting to go to Seaworld.

But now I can't bloody well go, because I am an adult, and know it is wrong to keep those beautiful animals the way Seaworld do. sad


Numero3 Wed 14-May-14 07:29:18

Not unreasonable at all. Poor animals sad

CatThiefKeith Wed 14-May-14 07:32:44

Seemed perfectly acceptable 30 years ago though, as did animals in a circus.

I am glad we are better educated now, and obviously I won't be going, but I kind of wish I had gone when it wasn't wrong, or at least I didn't know it was wrong.

I am a terrible person. sad

Theodorous Wed 14-May-14 07:34:29

PETA have a great iphone app that notifies you of concerns about Sea World, circuses etc and links to official petitions. I really recommend it.

mumteedum Wed 14-May-14 07:36:32

Did you watch blackfish? Saw it last week. Truly shocking.

Perhaps you can save up and go on whale watching holiday and see them in the wild?

OurMiracle1106 Wed 14-May-14 07:38:49

There are some places where you can swim with wild (though semi tame) dolphins. Its something me and my mum always wanted to do and is much kinder to the they are still in their natural habitat.

Theodorous Wed 14-May-14 07:42:26

We have dolphins in Qatar just off the coast. When we go out on the boat they usually come and put on a show, it's lovely that they choose to come and greet us without being asked.

TheFillyjonk Wed 14-May-14 07:42:27

There's something about watching wild whales and dolphins in the sea that is so beautiful. Infinitely better than seeing the poor things do tricks in what is effectively a swimming pool. I'll never forget seeing dolphins skipping over the waves from a boat in Greece - I feel so lucky to have seen them.

I do know you mean though - I have a sea creature fascination but I am terrified of drowning so I would never go scuba diving to see them, only to aquariums. I don't like the fact they're not in their natural habitat. Guess it'll have to be reruns of the Blue Planet from now on! grin

DotToDott Wed 14-May-14 07:42:38

I love animals and especially sea creatures.

i know DS would be fascinated too, and i have a free voucher for Seaworld but i can't bring myself to go afteronly recently realising just how bad and cruel it all is sad.

CatThiefKeith Wed 14-May-14 07:43:55

I was lucky enough to have two wild dolphins guide my surf board in to the beach years ago while I was having a lesson. the instructor said they probably thought I was a baby whale in distress

And I have been Whale watching in Oz. A humpback drew right alongside our boat. Majestic

I have a blue planet box set - that'll have to do sadly.

CatThiefKeith Wed 14-May-14 07:47:17

Not seen Blackfish, I think I would find it too upsetting tbh.

I was devastated when Keiko died.

Blondiebrownie Wed 14-May-14 08:04:52

People should watch blackfish and the cove before visiting these places.

Lolita at the Miami Seaquarium is the saddest case I have seen, her 'tank' is not within the dimensions given by animal rights and yet they still do nothing.

They should be free.

Blondiebrownie Wed 14-May-14 08:06:34


ihatethecold Wed 14-May-14 08:11:00

If you want to see dolphins en masse in the wild then head to the gulf coast in Florida.
We went on a boat trip to an island that is only I habituated by turtles.
On our way there we had loads of dolphins with their calves doing tricks in the wake of the boat.
It was amazing.

WooWooOwl Wed 14-May-14 08:11:45

If you've been lucky enough to have the experience of seeing wild whales and dolphins, then try and recreate that experience at some point with your dd. She will be much better served by you educating her about how whales and dolphins are really supposed to live and about the cruelty of sea world and the like.

Maybe you could all learn to dive together as a family when she's older. There are courses that children as young as 8 can do in a swimming pool and she can dive in the sea at age 10. It's a great things to do as a family and can be the focus of some amazing family holidays.

CatThiefKeith Wed 14-May-14 08:13:41

Blondie that's awful. Why do people still go?

Surely if you are interested in the animals enough to want to go, you care enough to boycott it?

I would desperately like to see them up close, but no way would I do so at Seaworld. As much as I would like to

CatThiefKeith Wed 14-May-14 08:19:40

I passed my Open water years ago, but tbh the open sea gave me the Heebie Jeebies! Seen Jaws too many times I think! smile

I like the sound of the Gulf of Florida though. Will definitely look into that when we go.

LividofLondon Wed 14-May-14 08:33:06

"Why do people still go? Surely if you are interested in the animals enough to want to go, you care enough to boycott it?"

I think so many people are ignorant of how the animals should be living, they just don't think about it, and are not emotionally intelligent enough to question whether it's right or wrong. With these people education is the key. Then there are those who are willfully ignorant; they know it's not right but their selfish urge to have a "dolphin experience" overrides their empathy for the creatures. with these people a flogging in the stocks is my preferred option

Mrsjayy Wed 14-May-14 08:39:17

I have been to seaworld twice as an adult I feel quite ashamed really they say they are all for animal conservation helping manatees etc yet they have performing whales and dolphins, who are not treated well

springlamb Wed 14-May-14 08:48:32

This has been a slow burn in my house too, hastened by dc developing consciences and both being animal fanatics. We went to Seaworld quite merrily in the early 2000s. We wouldn't go now. We have been lucky enough to see whales and dolphins in the wild (even in the Moray Firth and Newquay in Wales). There is no comparison, your heart soars when you spot them where they should be.
We go regularly to Hurghada in Egypt where a local dive shop runs very early morning trips to a location where there is a resident pod of dolphins. You can get into the water with them, your choice. No point going later in the day as the heat rises the dolphins go deep. You could probably get them to come to the surface with food etc but the dive shop will not do this so you either get up at 6am on your holiday or you don't see dolphins.
Now, I am waiting for a call from dd's school friend's mum. They are going to Florida soon and unfortunately we mentioned Blackfish to the girl when she was here earlier this week when she said she would be going to Seaworld...

CatThiefKeith Wed 14-May-14 08:52:49

smile Oh well done Springlamb. I hope they change their mind.

CatThiefKeith Wed 14-May-14 08:54:52

Livid Surely everyone knows by now that it is cruel? The news, and even facebook regularly have articles about it.

Like Granny the 103 year old Orca for example. smile

Mrsjayy Wed 14-May-14 08:55:45

yes it was early 200s we went too still didnt sit right with me we have been to the morray firth loads its great even if you just sea a fin, dds and dh have been on a boat trip in the canaries (I hate boats) to see dolphins and whales they said it was amazing, also if you go to universal in Florida dont go to the animal show, as they have a baby orang u tang and other performing animals sad

Mrsjayy Wed 14-May-14 08:55:58

200os* sorry

scrappydappydoo Wed 14-May-14 09:00:20

We went to SeaWorld once 8yrs ago we walked out after an hour. I'm not an animal lover really but I felt ill at all those animals being used for entertainment in that way. We didn't even see the orcas just the dolphins and sea lions.
Op there are better places in Florida - I hear they have giant mice down the road from SeaWorld ;)

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