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  • 16th September
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  • 15th September
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IMATA!

So the Ice breaker at SeaWorld was pretty awesome, LOTS of photos and notes but have been happily too busy with the IMATA/AZA conference to go through them.

So, I have forced myself to just choose a couple of photos to share for now.

As follows:

Shamu Stadium & enrichment

Blue Horizons, pilot whales & enrichment

7 week old orphaned manatee & hoffmann two toed sloth

  • 15th September
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  • 13th September
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Thoughts on blackfish?

Asked by: Anonymous

Just seen this, so I don’t know how old it is, sorry.

I think Blackfish has some important points, but that they are sadly lost in the sensationalism. If I thought the film was remotely realistic as to what the reality of these animals’ lives are, then I would stay anywhere near this field. However all of my experiences say otherwise.

Of course there are some bad apple facilities and trainers: but Blackfish don’t cover that.

Also, it goes without saying that the history of animal care (all species, basically, not just orcas) are very, very, very sad.

  • 13th September
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Were you referring to the trainer not using primary reinforcement as bad or good? I just couldn't tell your vibe from your post, sorry!

Asked by: ilovethewhales

I didn’t mean any vibe at all. :) However just on the topic, I am a huge fan of using non-primary reinforcers such as secondaries. (although I didn’t see him use any until the moment had passed).

  • 13th September
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I like that since I got into training I look out for different things, and thus notice more, in animal shows. 

For example yesterday at a Blue Horizons show the trainer dressed as Marina emptied one of the little buckets on the pool glass side into a dolphin’s mouth. 

A few minutes later, when the bunch of other trainers came out, one of the guys went to the same bucket. Marina was on stage with the grey-blue guy all smiling and wonder etc etc. The other trainer at the same bucket looked in and went to pick up, double took, laughed at out loud (no stress, which is good, I know people that would have just been stressed/cross), sat down on the glass and gave Marine two massive thumbs up.

And then off he went to continue with no primary reinforcement. Lol.

  • 12th September
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