ORCA, KILLER WHALE
We believe Reinventing the Splash Zone is not just a film about orcas, but a stepping stone in the rehabilitation of a species. There are plenty of qualified, educated, motivated, and genuine people working every day to conserve the species and their environments. Check out any of these environmental stewards:
ORGANIZATIONS TO KEEP AN EYE ON
The Whale Sanctuary Project
Nova Scotia Sanctuary Site in Progress
Friends of Toki
SEA LIFE Trust
Beluga Whale Sanctuary, Iceland
Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project
Umah Lumba Dolphin, Indonesia
Free Morgan Foundation
Co-founded by Pritam Singh and Charles Vinick, Friends of Toki is a non-profit corporation intended to work to return Tokitae, or Sk'aliCh'elh-tenaut, to the Salish Sea for sanctuary and rehabilitation. These are Toki's native waters, there is anticipation of interacting with her original pod. Never before have so many powerful forces banded together to restore livelihood to a wild-caught orca in this way, Toki has unfortunately passed, but her story lives on and efforts for proper after-life care are in works. Please learn more about how you can help Tokitae!
The SEA LIFE Trust is a registered charity (no. 1175859) working globally to protect the world's ocean's and the amazing marine life that lives within them. The sanctuary aims to provide a more natural life for the belugas and advance knowledge through research and education. The current occupants are two female beluga whales, Little Grey and Little White.
The Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release, and Retirement Center is the first and only permanent dolphin facility for formerly performing dolphins. For dolphins deemed releasable to the wild, the Camp Lumba Lumba Readapting and Release center takes the necessary next steps in reintroducing the animal to independence. Founder and animal activist Ric O'Barry has also coined the Empty the Tanks movement.
The Free Morgan Foundation was founded to bring awareness to the captive held orca, Morgan, currently residing in Spain. Morgan was originally captured back in 2010 when she was found swimming alone in the open waters of the Netherlands under a "rehabilitation and rescue permit"; although Morgan was seen traveling alone, she showed no signs of ill-will. She was contrastingly trained for entertainment shows and integrated into the marine theme park that had promise to rescue her. Find out more about how you can help Morgan's fight for freedom!
Founded by neuroscientist, Dr. Lori Moreno, the Whale Sanctuary Project is working to bring an end to the exploitation of whales by creating seaside sanctuaries where they can live in a natural environment. The sanctuary at Port Hilford, Nova Scotia will occupy 100+ acres of water space, offer extensive animal care, and optimal viewing locations for visitors. The sanctuary will be able to occupy multiple cetaceans of the same or differing species at a time.