Defending the Last Giants

October 25, 2016
There are some wonderful and very special places in Baja where the gray whales return every year to nurture their newborn calves in the protected, warm and shallows waters of the lagoons.  And in these special places the local people have mastered ecotourism opportunities, where visitors from all around the world can enjoy an intimate but unobtrusive experience with these protected whales.  Photo credit- ©Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society For as long as humans have roamed the oceans, we have been drawn to life in the sea. Surely the first mariners must have been in awe of the first breath they saw fly into the sky from a giant dark beast rising up from the depths of the sea ...

The Future of Aquariums

June 7, 2016
JMC-And-Keiko_0.png I have waited a long time for the largest marine mammal entertainment park in the country to close its doors to breeding its orcas locked up in captivity ...

Orcas Belong in the Sea Not in Captivity

© Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures SocietyThis infographic shows orcas natural adaptations for life in the oceans, and the harmful effects of captivity ...

"Thank You Ocean" Campaign: Jean-Michel Cousteau Talks about his Love and Concern for Orca

March 9, 2015
Orca Image. Copyright Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society The 'Thank You Ocean' campaign features Jean-Michel in this week's ocean report where Jean-Michel shares his knowledge and passion for these socially complex and intelligent animals ...

Bristol Bay: The Dangers of Mining the Earth

February 24, 2015
CEV2284_0.png Not only does the “Pebble Partnership” propose to build one of the world’s largest mines, but they also propose to build an open-pit mine – a more destructive mining method that creates a massive pit or borrow in the ground as the miners extract ore ...

Freedom for Orcas

March 10, 2014
Orca Photo: Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society I congratulate California for its leadership in addressing this issue. A California state legislator has proposed a new bill, AB 2140 that would ban the captivity of killer whales for entertainment in California. This is landmark legislation calling for comprehensive improvement to orca protection laws in California ...

Call to Freedom

October 17, 2013
Dogwoof_Documentary_Blackfish_Quad_New_1600_1200_85_0_0.jpg But one way or another, we are totally responsible for the care and wellbeing of all captive orcas for the rest of their lives, especially those born into captivity ...

Thank You Ocean Report with Jean-Michel Cousteau

February 22, 2013
Orca photograph by Carrie Vonderhaar Thank You Ocean talks with Jean-Michel Cousteau, who says that people and orcas share surprising similarities ...

Countdown to a Final Chance at Freedom - Morgan

October 16, 2012
MorganI know there are many issues competing for our attention now, but there are only moments until Morgan’s court case. The countdown to the determination of her fate is ticking. The time is NOW to act ...

Yet Another Captive Killer Whale Injury

October 8, 2012
NakaiI’m sadden to learn of the recent injury sustained by Nakai, an 11 year-old captive orca at SeaWorld California ...