Today, Waits and I went whale watching with my dad, my brother, and my brother’s family. I knew it would be really fun for Waits, and I’ve been writing a series here on the blog about why vegans don’t go to zoos (here and here). So I figured I’d snap a few pics if we saw any whales (I never see any! bad luck I guess), and maybe I could use them in the future when I write about zoo alternatives.
My dad took this pic as we were leaving the harbor. I Instagrammed it with an off-the-cuff quip about “boycotting Sea World” and “going straight to the source”, yadda yadda, ha ha.
I’ve gone whale watching off the coast of Santa Barbara many times before, and I’ve rarely ever seen whales. I didn’t even know that Orcas migrate through our channel.
But apparently, they do.
Today, for over an hour, we sat in the middle of a still ocean and watched this pod of Orcas. They spouted and jumped, breaching and playing in the tangled kelp beds. They were curious, and came right up to the boat to check us out. They were incredible.
It’s really hard for me to put into words what I saw out there today. At times I felt overcome in the presence of such majesty. I don’t know that I’ve experienced that before.
I was inspired to share these photos with you. I don’t know much, but I know with all of my heart that these incredible animals do NOT belong in tanks, living for human entertainment.
Have you seen the film Blackfish? It’s a documentary about captive Orcas at Sea World, and it’s so well done. So powerful. Also, it’s free on Netflix! In honor of what I saw today, I’m going to be watching Blackfish again tonight. I hope you’ll consider watching it too.
Happy New Years everyone!!!