• Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    7 Reasons SeaWorld's Bigger Orca Tanks Project Is a Joke

    SeaWorld has been in a bit of a pickle since the documentary Blackfish (and its ensuing soaring viewership on CNN and Netflix) came out in 2013. The documentary, which features several former SeaWorld trainers, exposes the park's inhumane practices with orcas, including how the whales are kept in sm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Earth Day: Nine Ways Florida Is Screwing Up the Environment

    Happy Earth Day, Florida! We're all gonna die! Yes, today is the day we're supposed to be conserving, planting trees, turning off the lights, and collecting all that recycling. But the reality is, things are not looking as green as they should in the Sunshine State. Florida is a land literally nam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    NRDC Releases Petition to Curtail Navy Testing Off Florida Coast

    Environmental tests have proven that sonar exercises performed by the U.S. Navy confuses marine life, specifically whales and dolphins, so severely that the animals end up either stranding themselves, going deaf, or suffering organ hemorrhaging. Sonar confuses them, often making them swim in differe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    SeaWorld's Appeal Denied by Court: Orca Trainers Must Stay Out of the Water

    The U.S. Court of Appeals voted down an appeal by SeaWorld over a ruling by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following the death of orca trainer Dawn Brancheau, the SeaWorld animal trainer who was killed by an orca bull named Tilikum following a show at the park in 2010. Occupation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Dolphin Guru Stephen McCulloch Fired, Uproar Ensues

    Stephen McCulloch has gone into seclusion since FAU fired him last February from his job as program manager of the Marine Mammal Program at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. We haven't been able to reach him or his attorneys. See also: - Navy Tests Could Kill Dolphins by the Thousands Off the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Blackfish Producer to Be Honored by PETA at Sublime Vegan Restaurant

    Manny Oteyza, best-known as the producer of the documentary Blackfish that was watched by more than 21 million people on CNN, will be honored by Fort Lauderdale philanthropist and restaurateur Nanci Alexander at her Fort Lauderdale gourmet vegan hot spot Sublime Restaurant & Bar this weekend. Fre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    SeaWorld Attendance Falls; Major Investor Dumps Shares

    In the first three months of 2013, SeaWorld reported a total attendance of 3.5 million people. Fast-forward to the first three months of this year and the numbers are a bit different. Yesterday the company reported 3.05 million people came through in the first three months of 2014, a 13 percent drop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Miami Seaquarium Sold to California-Based Group, Lolita's Fate Remains Uncertain

    The Miami Seaquarium is being sold to California-based Palace Entertainment, which is subsidiary of Spanish theme park operator Parques Reunidos. The sale has been in the works for at least two years, but the official news comes out on the same day National Marine Fisheries Service set as the deadl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Could Miami Seaquarium Orca Lolita Be Days Away From Freedom?

    The Miami Seaquarium's orca, Lolita, who has been crammed inside what is the smallest whale tank in North American for the past 40 years, is the closest she's ever been to being set free and reunited with her family. Back in January, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced that it was seekin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    SeaWorld Denies Shareholders Vote on Whale Sanctuary

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as PETA, apparently owns 80 shares in SeaWorld Entertainment, which it bought in April of last year. And since PETA is a shareholder, it came up with an idea to create a coastal retirement sanctuary for SeaWorld's killer whales. But, as thing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    25 Pilot Whales Found Dead in Florida; Officials Begin Necropsies

    Sadly, Florida has seen a lot of pilot whales wash ashore or beach themselves in the past couple of months. Last Sunday, 25 pilot whales were found dead off the shores of Kice Island, in the southwest part of the state. On Friday, a team of biologists began performing necropsies on the dead whales ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Family of SeaWorld Trainer Killed by Whale Releases Statement on Blackfish

    The family of Dawn Brancheau, the SeaWorld animal trainer who was killed by an orca following a show at the park in 2010, has released a statement distancing itself from the documentary, Blackfish. The film, which exposes the abuse killer whales endure in captivity, specifically at SeaWorld, focuse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Iceland Brewery Makes Beer with Whale Meat

    If geography was any indication of beer geekdom, then the people of Iceland will soon be able to drink a beer made with whale meat. Steojar Brewery has partnered with Hvalur, a whaling company, to brew a 5.2 percent whale meat lager that hearkens back to their Viking brethren. Brewery owner Dagbjar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    SeaWorld Ripped by Filmmakers in Open Letter

    In an effort to quell the negative backlash from Blackfish, last Friday SeaWorld took out a full page ad in major U.S. papers, including the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today in an all-out PR campaign designed to combat the allegations brought on it by the document ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Dead Short-Finned Pilot Whales Suffered From Malnutrition

    Necropsies performed on 11 dead short-finned pilot whales found in the Florida Keys on Sunday revealed the mammals suffered from malnutrition. Officials believe the 11 were part of the whale pod that stranded itself in Florida's Everglades National Park last week. According to the National Ocean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Short-Finned Pilot Whales May Have Moved Into Deeper Waters

    Some of the short-finned pilot whales that had stranded themselves in Florida's Everglades National Park earlier this week may have swam into deeper waters, according to the Coast Guard. About 20 or so whales of the 40 that had stranded themselves were missing on Friday morning, leading officials ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Rescue Attempts Continue For Short-Finned Pilot Whales That Stranded Themselves at Everglades National Park

    Marine officials are scrambling to rescue the 41 short-finned pilot whales that have stranded themselves in Florida's Everglades National Park on Sunday. Experts from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, took 15 boats and 31 voluntee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Short-Finned Pilot Whales Have Stranded Themselves at Everglades National Park

    As many as 30 to 40 short-finned pilot whales have stranded themselves in Florida's Everglades National Park. As many as ten have beached themselves, with four having already died, according to officials. The pod was first seen on Tuesday, about 30 miles from Flamingo in Monroe County.

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Howard Stern: "What Kind of Idiot Goes to SeaWorld Anyway?"

    Last week, we told you about how SeaWorld has come under fire, especially since trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed by a killer whale in Orlando in 2010. SeaWorld was fined by the Labor Department and ordered not to let trainers in the water with the animals -- a ruling SeaWorld is appealing. In the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    SeaWorld: Record Earnings Despite Orca Controversy

    SeaWorld reported its quarterly earnings Wednesday -- and they were at a record high, according to the Orlando Sentinel, which reported that the company's "quarterly profit ballooned 30 percent from the same period a year ago, from $92 million to $120 million. Total revenue rose 3 percent, to $538 m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    SeaWorld Facing Huge Backlash After Blackfish Documentary Airs

    In the past few years, two trainers have been killed by orcas at SeaWorld, leading to news headlines, federal hearings, and a growing awareness that hey, maybe it's not such a good idea to keep giant wild animals in tiny tanks and treat them as slaves for our entertainment. This summer came the re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Navy Allowed "Undersea Warfare Training" Off Coast of Jacksonville, Despite Danger to Sea Life

    A federal appeals court has sided with the Navy after environmental groups challenged its plan to hold undersea warfare training 50 nautical miles off the coast of northeast Florida. The training, the environmental groups contended, will be extremely harmful to whales in the area. Specifically, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Navy Tests Could Kill Dolphins by the Thousands Off the Coast of Fort Lauderdale

    Thousands of dolphins, including those that swim off the coast of Fort Lauderdale and other parts of South Florida, could be killed within the next five years via Navy military tests. According to a recent environmental-impact statement from the military, dolphins living off the East Coast, the Gul ... More >>

  • Film

    August 1, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    SeaWorld Stranded Pilot Whale Was Never in Danger, According to Park

    Video of what appeared to be a pilot whale that had beached itself at SeaWorld popped up on the internet on Monday, and predictably, people lost their minds over it. And for good reason. Not only did the the whale appear to be distressed and in trouble but workers at SeaWorld appeared to ignore it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Pygmy Sperm Whales Beach Themselves in Jupiter Island

    In what's becoming a sad trend, two pygmy sperm whales have beached themselves on Jupiter Island. The Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission has been called in, and it appears the two whales are a mother and her calf. The animals reportedly came ashore Tuesday morning at 251 S. Beach Road.

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    A Mother Pygmy Whale and Calf Die After Washing Ashore in Jupiter

    And now for a bummer of an animal news item: A pygmy sperm whale and her calf have died after washing ashore in Jupiter on Monday. The mother whale was spotted on shore shortly after 4 p.m. north of the Jupiter Reef Club. Her calf was found some distance away, to the north near Carlin Park. Accor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Seismic Airgun Testing Will Kill or Injure 138,500 Whales and Dolphins If Allowed

    If companies are allowed to use seismic airgun testing to search for and study oil and gas deposits in the Atlantic Ocean, 138,500 whales and dolphins will be harmed or killed -- and that's according to the government's own estimate. In addition, thousands of animals could have their hearing impaire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    Stranded Pygmy Whales Euthanized

    And now for your bimonthly dose of bummer whale news: On Sunday, a whale and her calf had beached themselves at Jensen Beach, just north of Waveland Beach in St. Lucie County. Beachgoers spotted the whales in the water shortly before they beached themselves. The pair were identified as pygmy sper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Sperm Whale Riders Being Sought by Feds

    On Monday, we told you about the 40-foot sperm whale that washed ashore in Deerfield Beach. Turns out, a couple of dudes were jumping on top of and riding the whale as it died off the shore of Pompano Beach. And now a federal investigation has been launched to find the unidentified men. Snapsho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Giant Sperm Whales And Other Weird Things Washed Ashore: 8-Foot Lego Men, Giant Eye Balls, And More!

    Weird? Yes. But there's been weirder. A few days ago, the carcass of a 40-foot sperm whale -- open-mouthed and oozing -- beached along Deerfield Beach's shore, and the locals got all huffy and melodramatic over the remnants of this mammoth oceanic creature. Some local conservationists wanted to k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    Dead Sperm Whale Washes Up On Deerfield Beach UPDATED

    A 40-foot sperm whale that died as it swam near the shore in Pompano Beach, has washed ashore at the International Fishing Pier in Deerfield Beach. Deerfield Beach lifeguards roped the whale carcass so the animal can be allowed to slowly drift away from the fishing pier towards the shore where yell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Eating Whales and Horses In Iceland

    ​Two summers ago I accompanied my friend James "The Amazing" Randi on a speaking tour of northern Europe. We visited Scandinavia and the Baltics, and enjoyed a quick southerly jaunt to the Netherlands. Our final engagement was in Reykjavik, Iceland, in the middle of the Atlantic.Reykjavik is a mod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Things You Shouldn't Eat: Sperm Whale, Sea Turtle Eggs, Out-of-Season Alligator

    ​​If your neighbor invites you over for a slice of barbecued sperm whale, don't start planning the sides you'll bring. There's a decent chance your meal could land you in the clink.As several locals have discovered recently, tampering with protected wildlife can cost you. It all began earlier th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Delray Man Chops Tail Off Beached Sperm Whale; Can You Eat That?

    Photo: MicheleEve.comHogan tried to make off with this trophy from the whale that washed up in Delray Beach.​There are many fine restaurants in Delray Beach, but it seems one resident, Chris Hogan, prefers to see what the ocean surf is serving. This morning, it delivered an eight-foot sperm whale. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 18, 2010
  • Dining

    December 28, 2006

    Conspicuous Consumption

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