This is me at age six with Taima, one of the Orca Whales at Sea World Orlando.
I grew up around these animals. One night, after the park had closed, while my father finished up his work, I played catch with a fish and a 14,000 pound whale nicknamed Tilly, the whale now notorious for the incident last year with Dawn Brancheau. I would throw the fish into the main tank; he would let it float to the bottom, swim down and pick it up delicately, rub it against the glass in front of my hands, and toss it back over the wall for me to catch again.
I grew up knowing all their names. I knew how much the trainers loved them; and how they never forgot that they were wild animals.
I knew that no one was allowed to swim with Tilly; not because he was violent, but because he had witnessed two other whales’ violence at a young age and Sea World would not take the risk of finding out if he had been traumatized.
I knew that the morning when they found him with a man on his back, dead, he was swimming around his tank frantically making distress calls. A mentally ill man had climbed into his tank overnight, died of hypothermia, and Tilly didn’t know what to do, other than lift him to air where he wouldn’t drown.
I knew Dawn. And I know that seeing PETA protesting outside Sea World this morning would have broken her heart.
But most of all, I know that an animal the size of an elephant that can give kisses to the cheek of a six year old girl is not a monster.
Staying off Tumblr until the heat from Sea World’s accusers dies down; the misinformation and ignorance tears me apart.
Edit: please, please reblog this. The article from the daily what has come up on my dash too many times to not have a rebuttal.
Read - To Kill A Mockingbird
Watched - The Amazing Spider-Man
Played - Amnesia: The Dark Decent
So that means my zombie apocalypse team consists of me, Atticus Finch, Peter Parker and Daniel
Read: The Fault in Our Stars
Watched: Doctor Who
Wait ok so I’ve got Hazel, the Doctor, and my Tony Stark sim so I think I’m good
okay, let’s see…
read: A Study in Scarlet
watched: How I Met Your Mother
played: Titan Quest
so I’ve got Sherlock Holmes, Ted Moseby, and my OC Titania. Ted might slow us down, but hey he’ll be good company while Sherlock and Titania are off killing zombies and I’m hiding in a corner.
Read: The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Watched: One Piece
Played: Star Wars The Old Republic: Sith Warrior
I think I’m good…..
Read: East of Eden
Watched: The Olympics
Played: Pokemon: SoulSilver
Idk who the protagonist in East of Eden is yet, but I feel really safe with all those athletes.
Read: East of Eden
Played: Happy Wheels
I might be a little screwed.
Read: Sailor Moon
Watched:Call of the wildman
Played: Mario kart wii.
Usagi Tsukino/Sailor moon,
Kooopa Troopa on standard cart s. Crap. I have a crybaby, an exterminator, and a kappa, in a car.
amnesia: the dark buttsex
The Buttsex Game.
(Or, if you prefer, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Buttsex)
Alice: Madness Buttsex
resident evil: code buttsex
Professor Layton and the Last Buttsex.
Nine Hours Nine Persons Nine Buttsex
The Binding of Buttsex
Mario Kart buttsex
TAG A QUALITY BLOG, YOU’RE IT! QUALITY DOESN’T MEAN THAT YOU HAVE A LOT OF FOLLOWERS, OR A LOT OF MESSAGES. IT MEANS THAT YOU’RE NICE TO OTHER PEOPLE, AND YOU DESERVE TO BE HAPPY. IF YOU GET THIS MESSAGE, SOMEONE IS TELLING YOU THAT THEY LOVE YOU…
OKAY, THIS IS GREAT.
this kid gets all the points.
equality, you’re doing it right.
Pure. Fucking. Genius.
thats the biggest slap in the face. PREACH IT.
i worship this kid, i really do.
All the awards. ALL OF THEM.
This is perfection
Because one was imaginary that’s why