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Tell me...
   How does it feel being trapped behind bars?
   Crying out at night with all those battle scars!

With your...
   eyes so tight and soulless grin,
   Pulling me apart with your fins so thin.

Pick me up...
    with mammoth machines
    and clanking gears, 
   
Drown me...
   in your ice-cold sorrows
   and wipe away my tears,
    
Help us...
   howl to the ocean light,
   Sing our way through one last fight.

Watch us...
   Watch us tumble
   Watch us fall,
   Watch us drown  
   In a pool so small.



    I had the wonderful opportunity tonight to see Blackfish at the NZ International Film Festival. I have always loved Killer Whales, but after watching this film, it has made me love them more, with an eager eye to help in any way I can. A couple of weeks a go at the local monthly market, I donated some money towards the Orca Research Trust. It made me feel good inside, knowing that there are better techniques and intrigued humans that are willing to help these magnificent creatures. I wrote this in parts, then connected it together to be hard to follow; in the eyes of a Killer. It is said through the eye of an Orca, hidden behind nets and concrete walls, captured, locked up, swimming in circles in a pool of misery. Some people question the right to allow people to walk death row, without their rights given to them. If people are allowed to question that of cold-hearted killers, why should a natural killer be allowed to see the same fate?  The title of this poem is named for the documentry with all my support in giving these animals a chance to be free again. My poetry isn't strong, but I hope you are all able to see the fine line, and not nit-pick about what is right and wrong. Know that was is right is the support of people for animals so large, and yet, so small.
    • Blackfish Trailer, YouTube
    • Blackfish Movie, Facebook
    • Orca Research Trust, Facebook
    • World Cetacean Alliance, Facebook
    Australian Orca Database, Facebook
    • Soul in the Sea, Facebook
    • Nanurtalik-City, deviantART


      "The key to the ocean lies in the eye of a Killer."  "We are only killers if you make us so," "There are only two things in this world you cannot grow to be; a killer, and a killers' trainer." 
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TheBlackCatMasque Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
They're so brilliant and we (essentially) put them in bathtubs for our amusement. I feel bad for the trainers, they really cared for the whales but in the end there was nothing they could do for them. I cried for most of the movie.
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smudge-92 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
It's good now; most people are boycotting Sea World in America. Hopefully it won't be long.
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TheBlackCatMasque Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
An idea of building a giant pen for them sounded interesting, For the whales that couldn't be returned to the wild as a sanctuary(?) of sorts. I can see the difficulties i making that a reality though.
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smudge-92 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
I like what they did with Keiko. He was put into a sea pen, often allowed out in the bay. Stupid idiots released him into the wild where he could not fend for himself. Poor Kei.
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TheBlackCatMasque Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm not sure they were idiots, but I think it's possible they were too eager. His story is incredible and if he had been younger maybe he would have lived longer. keiko.com/history.html
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smudge-92 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Thank you for the link. (:
Hopefully people learn from the mistakes made in this case.
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TheBlackCatMasque Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
No problem. It's amazing that they taught him to feed himself and he was able to interact with the wild orcas. I guess the animals intelligence helped him out a lot =D
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smudge-92 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
I remember a couple of documentaries I have watched about Keiko and other captive cetaceans. I heard that Keiko was unable to hunt for himself. :shrug:
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Fablu Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

I'm part of the Student Animal Alliance at my university and we are getting together to see this. But in high school my best friend and I watched "The Cove" and decided then and there we were NEVER going back to SeaWorld unless it was to burn it down (after all the animals were removed safely, of course).

 

But in all seriousness, you bring up a valid point. Giant animals meant to roam and hunt in the vast oceans of the world being captured and trapped within, to them, what is hardly more than a water-filled cage... Is so wrong. The fact that people expect these predators to then become docile show creatures? Even worse.

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smudge-92 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Hey Emma, sorry for the late reply on this. ^^'
I hope that you've had the opportunity to see it now. I've yet to watch The Cove. I heard a little it about it, and I think it'll be hard to fight back the tears if I were to watch it. I always said to myself that the only way I think I could ever have the opportunity to see a Killer was at Sea World, even if I knew it was not suitable for them to live in such conditions. They're my favourite animal, and despite them being all around NZ and our waters, I have yet to see one. I have been to the Gold Coast's Sea World (Australia) and did enjoy it. Dolphins are much smaller, and it's easier for them to live. I would happily go back to that Sea World, but never in the states. 

Thank you for your brilliant comment. I heard once that, somewhere in Japan, and aquarium as a Whale Shark. I feel sorry for the poor thing, even if it has so much space to swim around. It's not right. I do wish it would all cease to exist, but I should say, that without them in captivity (Free Willy Movies), I would never have the Orca as a favourite animal. 
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