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Aussies are fighting back and removing the bait from drum lines!

These fisherman are inhumanely killing these sharks in their own homes. Four shots to the head, really?! and then just dumping the body in the ocean…wow. Troy Buswell, former fisheries minister, does not understand why people would disrupt these drum lines. Well sir, I do not understand you!

I’ve heard that they dumped the body because the shark was under 3m and that was too small to kill.  They also misidentified a tiger shark as a bull - brilliant fishermen, eh?

I would be in the water dismantling bait so fast.

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Great whites 'live for 70 years'

Ian Fergusson, a founding patron of the Shark Trust, commented: “White sharks have a fairly low fecundity in terms of litter size. Typically, females might have a handful of pups per litter, and we’re not sure how often they even get pregnant in a lifetime.

“It puts a spotlight on the need for the conservation of white sharks to be considered on a par with the conservation we have - and take for granted - for marine mammals, which also have low fecundity, long lifespans and late maturity. The conservation of sharks is not like the conservation of trout in a river, and that’s something people in the fisheries business don’t always understand,”

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Can we all just take a minute to appreciate the ADORABLE photo the the Georgia Aquarium just posted on Facebook?<3

sooOOO mUUCHH edUCATiOn!!!!11

No one said anything about education lol
I posted this over a year ago, why are you just now leaving hate?

because places like the GA Aquarium love to claim they’re the pinnacle of education and yet there is practically zero.
this showed up on my dash; trust me, I didn’t go seek it out.

Have you ever been to the GA Aquarium?

Yes, I went in late 2011. I was appalled by the dolphin show. It was literally just a play that involved dolphins. The music was so loud that it hurt my ears; I can only imagine what it was like for the dolphins.

Out of all the facilities I’ve been to, I think that GA Aquarium tries hardest to educate their guests. While you’re right about the dolphin show, I feel like the point of it is to inspire children to want to know more about dolphins. They have two teaching sessions per day at each exhibit, including the dolphins, which is where the education comes in.
While they aren’t strictly about learning and are a corporate business, I feel like they care about education a LOT more than other places do (like Ripley’s or the Miami Seaquarium).

If any facility with captive cetaceans cares about education, it would be probably be the Vancouver Aquarium. The Georgia Aquarium is not very educational when it comes to cetaceans. I didn’t learn a single about dolphins when I was there, nor the belugas. I even did the behind the scenes tour and I think the only thing I learned was how they fed the whale sharks. Plus after I left the dolphin show, a bunch of children were at the underwater viewing section for the dolphins and were screeching and banging on the glass. I would think somebody would be monitoring them, but apparently not. 
I have so many issues with the Georgia Aquarium, from the beluga import to the keeping of whale sharks, but that dolphin show was truly atrocious. The least they could do is throw some facts about dolphins in there. I don’t think I even heard a single one. It was like a circus show and it was disgusting. 

Any marine park, aquarium or zoo that houses whale sharks cannot be considered a good facility. They can do anything under the sun but it does not make up for the fact that they are taking members of an endangered species from wild populations. This would not be a problem if the animals bred in captivity, but they don’t. These are transoceanic animals, there is a possibility that they gather in a particular place to breed. If that is the case, the chances of them ever breeding naturally in captivity is next to zero.
Add on to that the huge loss in lifespan which occurs in this species when it is in a captive situation. This is a species that can live almost as long as we can, yet the current survival record in captivity is extremely poor, with most dying within their first 10 years. They are notoriously iffy feeders, often having to be force fed when they are first introduced to a tank environment. Bear in mind that like most sharks they are very very slow to reach sexual maturity, and most of those that end up captive die long before they are capable of breeding.
People need to accept that there are some species that just do not adapt to captivity. Most large sharks and some rays fall into this category, particularly those that are filter feeders. By taking these animals from the wild without successfully breeding them and returning the young, parks housing whale sharks are actively contributing to the decline of a threatened species. That is absolutely unjustifiable.
Such facilities cannot claim to be working in the name of conservation or education, as their actions fly in the face of all logic and reason when it comes to protecting the species. When an animal fares better in the wild with all the dangers it must face out there than they do in captivity where they receive constant care and are sheltered from most threats, the species as a whole should be left to its own devices.
Crap, I kind of rambled all over this post. Sorry, but seeing people try to defend a place that not only tried to buy animals from the Russian capture teams but also promotes the captivity of whale sharks makes my blood boil. You clearly don’t know jack nuddies about whale sharks if you’re in favour of holding them captive.

caong:

fightingforwhales:

prince0fwhales:

fightingforwhales:

prince0fwhales:

fightingforwhales:

prince0fwhales:

fightingforwhales:

prince0fwhales:

Can we all just take a minute to appreciate the ADORABLE photo the the Georgia Aquarium just posted on Facebook?<3

sooOOO mUUCHH edUCATiOn!!!!11

No one said anything about education lol

I posted this over a year ago, why are you just now leaving hate?

because places like the GA Aquarium love to claim they’re the pinnacle of education and yet there is practically zero.

this showed up on my dash; trust me, I didn’t go seek it out.

Have you ever been to the GA Aquarium?

Yes, I went in late 2011. I was appalled by the dolphin show. It was literally just a play that involved dolphins. The music was so loud that it hurt my ears; I can only imagine what it was like for the dolphins.

Out of all the facilities I’ve been to, I think that GA Aquarium tries hardest to educate their guests. While you’re right about the dolphin show, I feel like the point of it is to inspire children to want to know more about dolphins. They have two teaching sessions per day at each exhibit, including the dolphins, which is where the education comes in.

While they aren’t strictly about learning and are a corporate business, I feel like they care about education a LOT more than other places do (like Ripley’s or the Miami Seaquarium).

If any facility with captive cetaceans cares about education, it would be probably be the Vancouver Aquarium. The Georgia Aquarium is not very educational when it comes to cetaceans. I didn’t learn a single about dolphins when I was there, nor the belugas. I even did the behind the scenes tour and I think the only thing I learned was how they fed the whale sharks. Plus after I left the dolphin show, a bunch of children were at the underwater viewing section for the dolphins and were screeching and banging on the glass. I would think somebody would be monitoring them, but apparently not. 

I have so many issues with the Georgia Aquarium, from the beluga import to the keeping of whale sharks, but that dolphin show was truly atrocious. The least they could do is throw some facts about dolphins in there. I don’t think I even heard a single one. It was like a circus show and it was disgusting. 

Any marine park, aquarium or zoo that houses whale sharks cannot be considered a good facility. They can do anything under the sun but it does not make up for the fact that they are taking members of an endangered species from wild populations. This would not be a problem if the animals bred in captivity, but they don’t. These are transoceanic animals, there is a possibility that they gather in a particular place to breed. If that is the case, the chances of them ever breeding naturally in captivity is next to zero.

Add on to that the huge loss in lifespan which occurs in this species when it is in a captive situation. This is a species that can live almost as long as we can, yet the current survival record in captivity is extremely poor, with most dying within their first 10 years. They are notoriously iffy feeders, often having to be force fed when they are first introduced to a tank environment. Bear in mind that like most sharks they are very very slow to reach sexual maturity, and most of those that end up captive die long before they are capable of breeding.

People need to accept that there are some species that just do not adapt to captivity. Most large sharks and some rays fall into this category, particularly those that are filter feeders. By taking these animals from the wild without successfully breeding them and returning the young, parks housing whale sharks are actively contributing to the decline of a threatened species. That is absolutely unjustifiable.

Such facilities cannot claim to be working in the name of conservation or education, as their actions fly in the face of all logic and reason when it comes to protecting the species. When an animal fares better in the wild with all the dangers it must face out there than they do in captivity where they receive constant care and are sheltered from most threats, the species as a whole should be left to its own devices.

Crap, I kind of rambled all over this post. Sorry, but seeing people try to defend a place that not only tried to buy animals from the Russian capture teams but also promotes the captivity of whale sharks makes my blood boil. You clearly don’t know jack nuddies about whale sharks if you’re in favour of holding them captive.

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