A note from the author:
As the illustrator, I wanted to let a few people know some details about these infocards I’m making.
They are part of a bigger project that will soon come to light, but due to a PC crash, I need to remake the first 6 you’ve already seen and complete the final one, which I shall save for the completed project.
First thing I’ve seen a bit, is comments asking where this orca is, or that orca. There are three reasons to this, and I’ll explain them here;
First; The orca has to be a SeaWorld orca. I am planning to do more with other orcas that are non-Seaworld later down the track. But for the moment, I wanted to focus on the SeaWorld population, as it is the largest and the one that we all know as Shamu the most.
Second; The orca has to be deceased. This project is to shed some light on member of the “Shamu Family” who are no longer with us and their stories. Whales like Tilikum and Tekoa have horrible stories, yes, and eventually in a later project I will address them, but for this one, I wanted to focus only on the whales SeaWorld wants us to ‘forget’.
Finally; Some I just couldn’t do because of the fact that I needed to limit myself for this first project to a certain number. So I chose some of the most shocking and upsetting ones to use. For example, Winnie was originally on this list, but when Victoria died, I bumped her for Victoria as I felt her story was more tragic and current at the moment. But, at the response of this, I will be doing more later.
Next, one comment I’ve been seeing is ‘Morgan wasn’t caught’.
Sorry, I disagree. Morgan was captured from the sea and taken into a park. You can call it a rescue, but it’s technically a capture by any way you look at it. Also, until they release her, as the original permit said she was going to be, she is still a wild capture, like it or not. You may not agree, but that is my opinion and the opinion of several people involved with her I work with.
Yes, I regularly work with the Free Morgan Foundation. You can find me on their supporters page.
Finally, this is the start of a list of ideas I have. This is only the first project. I do these ideas from my own mind, from my own time and my own will. I am not being paid for this, I was not encouraged to do this. I approached people I work with, like Dr. Visser and such with the idea and they loved what I shared, thus I have continued with it.
This is my personal effort to do what I can to educate and share these with people, to make the world aware of what’s behind the curtain that I have peeked behind.
That being said, I will continue my efforts to share these with people. I want the world to know and I hope you’ll take these sad stories of the past ‘Shamus’ to heart.
I encourage you to also find your own ways to share this with people, because all I am doing here, is drawing pictures to share with people and look how much it is effecting people. Everyone has their own talents and ways to help… You just need to jump into it!
Lee ‘Okura’ Harrison (twitter)
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