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The big beautiful male killer whale Keiko. He is the only captive killer whale to be released back into the wild. It's so nice that he got to be wild again.

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Keiko in the sunset! <3 Such a beautiful orca. RIP. You got to be free at last! <3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wguvdjXUDMU Whales in Captivity. Captivity kills. Empty the tanks. Conserve our majestic oceans and sea life. Sustainability. Orca. Killer whale.

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The floppy-finned killer whale was the subject of a bold experiment: Attempting to return a captive orca to the wild. Ultimately it would prove to be too ambitious, but I was there when Keiko -- star of "Free Willy" -- arrived in Iceland. September 1998, The Seattle Times. (Photo from OceanFutures.org) http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19980913&slug=2771895

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#Blackfish - Animals should not be kept in captivity! The only possible exception to this is if it is an absolutely necessary means for the preservation of an endangered species

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fortheocean: But what exactly have we learn from captive cetaceans? That they can swim around in a 13 meter pool? That they can dive to 10 meters or so? That their dorsal fin always flops because of the lack of water pressure? And that they become so dependent on humans that they can’t even remain underwater for longer than a few minutes

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