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Taku 💙

Taku 💙

69 3 18 May, 2019

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The summers where I interned were some of the best of my life and the majority of summer internships are starting in the next few weeks!
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 If you are heading off to spend the next 12-14 weeks at a marine mammal facility, know that you are in for the experience of a lifetime.
Listen to the trainers, ask intelligent questions and work harder than anybody else.
You will have so many incredible opportunities to grow, learn and make friends for life. So throw yourself in at the deep end and enjoy every minute of it!
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If you are interested in helping the non-profit Dolphins Plus @DPMMR where I interned, who devote their time rescuing animals in the Florida Keys, then head over to their page or website to see where you can donate!
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These next few weeks I will do an in-depth focus on internships for aspiring marine mammal trainers, leave your questions/thoughts below!
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#internship #aspiringtrainer #aspiringmarinemammaltrainer #dolphintrainer #aspiringdolphintrainer #dpmmr #dolphinsplus #marinemammalresponder #zookeeper #animaltrainer #marinemammaltrainer #positivereinforcement #wetsuitlife #supportseaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworld #seaworldorcas #seaworldsandiego #seaworldorlando #blackandwhite #istillbelieve #dreamjob #bestjobever #achieveyourdreams #daretodream

The summers where I interned were some of the best of my life and the majority of summer internships are starting in the next few weeks!
.
 If you are heading off to spend the next 12-14 weeks at a marine mammal facility, know that you are in for the experience of a lifetime.
Listen to the trainers, ask intelligent questions and work harder than anybody else.
You will have so many incredible opportunities to grow, learn and make friends for life. So throw yourself in at the deep end and enjoy every minute of it!
.
If you are interested in helping the non-profit Dolphins Plus @DPMMR where I interned, who devote their time rescuing animals in the Florida Keys, then head over to their page or website to see where you can donate!
.
These next few weeks I will do an in-depth focus on internships for aspiring marine mammal trainers, leave your questions/thoughts below!
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#internship #aspiringtrainer #aspiringmarinemammaltrainer #dolphintrainer #aspiringdolphintrainer #dpmmr #dolphinsplus #marinemammalresponder #zookeeper #animaltrainer #marinemammaltrainer #positivereinforcement #wetsuitlife #supportseaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworld #seaworldorcas #seaworldsandiego #seaworldorlando #blackandwhite #istillbelieve #dreamjob #bestjobever #achieveyourdreams #daretodream

610 22 17 May, 2019

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curiosity.

curiosity.

47 2 15 May, 2019

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#repost @hazelorcatrainer! ❤️
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Apparently some people aren't fully understanding the basis of positive reinforcement when it comes to orca training
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Food deprivation is NEVER used as a tool for training. These whales are never punished for anything. If they decide not to participate in a show, session or anything else, then we simply ignore the behaviour and try again later
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These whales are fed up to 120kg of fish per day. That is restaurant quality, scientifically analysed and packed full of all the nutrients, calories and minerals that they need to be in perfect health
.
Yes, the whales will be fed fish for participating in shows but these shows take up a very small portion of their day. The majority of the day will be spent in play time, rubdowns, relate sessions as well as training. Yes, fish is used as a primary reinforcer but it is often not what the whales prefer - fish is boring because the whales know it is always available to them. They KNOW they will always get fed
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This means that we, as trainers, need to get creative with other ways we can reinforce our animals. Either through secondaries like gelatin or ice cubes, or through relationship
.
At the end of the day you can choose what you want to believe. But I am one person on a team of other trainers who are here with these whales on Christmas, New Year, Birthdays, Holiday weekends etc, because they need to be taken care of (i.e. FED, every single day)
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If you still don't believe that we never deprive these whales of fish then you are welcome to come and see for yourself
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#killerwhale #killerwhaletrainer #orcatrainer #misswikie #teamwikie #partnership #zookeeper #animaltrainer #marinemammaltrainer #skyla #firstlove #allthefish #positivereinforcement #wetsuitlife #supportseaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworld #seaworldorcas #seaworldsandiego #seaworldorlando #marineland #marinelandantibes #mymarineland #blackandwhite #istillbelieve #dreamjob #bestjobever #achieveyourdreams #daretodream

#repost @hazelorcatrainer ! ❤️
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Apparently some people aren't fully understanding the basis of positive reinforcement when it comes to orca training
.
Food deprivation is NEVER used as a tool for training. These whales are never punished for anything. If they decide not to participate in a show, session or anything else, then we simply ignore the behaviour and try again later
.
These whales are fed up to 120kg of fish per day. That is restaurant quality, scientifically analysed and packed full of all the nutrients, calories and minerals that they need to be in perfect health
.
Yes, the whales will be fed fish for participating in shows but these shows take up a very small portion of their day. The majority of the day will be spent in play time, rubdowns, relate sessions as well as training. Yes, fish is used as a primary reinforcer but it is often not what the whales prefer - fish is boring because the whales know it is always available to them. They KNOW they will always get fed
.
This means that we, as trainers, need to get creative with other ways we can reinforce our animals. Either through secondaries like gelatin or ice cubes, or through relationship
.
At the end of the day you can choose what you want to believe. But I am one person on a team of other trainers who are here with these whales on Christmas, New Year, Birthdays, Holiday weekends etc, because they need to be taken care of (i.e. FED, every single day)
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If you still don't believe that we never deprive these whales of fish then you are welcome to come and see for yourself
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#killerwhale #killerwhaletrainer #orcatrainer #misswikie #teamwikie #partnership #zookeeper #animaltrainer #marinemammaltrainer #skyla #firstlove #allthefish #positivereinforcement #wetsuitlife #supportseaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworld #seaworldorcas #seaworldsandiego #seaworldorlando #marineland #marinelandantibes #mymarineland #blackandwhite #istillbelieve #dreamjob #bestjobever #achieveyourdreams #daretodream

144 2 14 May, 2019
So there have definitely been a lot of opinions from animal-rights activists floating around the internet this last week. If you are interested in reading what I have to say about it all, then go check out my blog about it here:
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https://hazelmcbride.home.blog/2019/05/14/who-do-you-believe/
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A direct link can also be found in my Bio
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📸 @marion_scdt .
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#killerwhale #killerwhaletrainer #orcatrainer #misswikie #teamwikie #partnership #zookeeper #animaltrainer #marinemammaltrainer #positivereinforcement #wetsuitlife #supportseaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworld #seaworldorcas #seaworldsandiego #seaworldorlando #marineland #marinelandantibes #mymarineland #blackandwhite #istillbelieve #dreamjob #bestjobever #achieveyourdreams #daretodream #blogger

So there have definitely been a lot of opinions from animal-rights activists floating around the internet this last week. If you are interested in reading what I have to say about it all, then go check out my blog about it here:
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https://hazelmcbride.home.blog/2019/05/14/who-do-you-believe/
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A direct link can also be found in my Bio
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📸 @marion_scdt .
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#killerwhale #killerwhaletrainer #orcatrainer #misswikie #teamwikie #partnership #zookeeper #animaltrainer #marinemammaltrainer #positivereinforcement #wetsuitlife #supportseaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworld #seaworldorcas #seaworldsandiego #seaworldorlando #marineland #marinelandantibes #mymarineland #blackandwhite #istillbelieve #dreamjob #bestjobever #achieveyourdreams #daretodream #blogger

1,124 32 14 May, 2019
Do people really think that I could spend my days loving these incredible whales but believe that I starve them? 
Do people think that I could work at a place where there is so much chlorine in the water, that it burns their eyes and skin?
Do people believe that I am capable of drugging whales daily just so that they will listen to me?
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Who are you choosing to believe? People who are getting paid to spread lies about zoological facilities? Or the trainers who are exhausting themselves every day and missing family time because we put these whales first
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No one is paying me to write these instagram posts. No one has told me what to say to 'defend' what I do every day. If you saw my paycheck at the end of the month you will realise I do this in spite of my wage, and that trainers should get paid a lot more. I do it because I believe people need to know the real truth. Hell, that's why I wrote a book about it!
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The truth is that we feed these animals so much that they don't care about fish. The truth is that the amount of chlorine in our water (which is filtered seawater by the way) is less than you would find in a glass of tap water that you drink. The truth is that the only medication given to these whales are daily multi vitamins or antibiotics once in a blue moon if we detect raised white-blood cell counts in their routine blood samples
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So who do you chose to believe? Ex-trainers with profitable agendas? Or current trainers who still get up every single morning and sacrifice everything for the good of the animals? .
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#killerwhale #killerwhaletrainer #orcatrainer #misswikie #teamwikie #partnership #zookeeper #animaltrainer #marinemammaltrainer #positivereinforcement #wetsuitlife #supportseaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworld #seaworldorcas #seaworldsandiego #seaworldorlando #marineland #marinelandantibes #mymarineland #blackandwhite #istillbelieve #dreamjob #bestjobever #achieveyourdreams #daretodream

Do people really think that I could spend my days loving these incredible whales but believe that I starve them?
Do people think that I could work at a place where there is so much chlorine in the water, that it burns their eyes and skin?
Do people believe that I am capable of drugging whales daily just so that they will listen to me?
.
Who are you choosing to believe? People who are getting paid to spread lies about zoological facilities? Or the trainers who are exhausting themselves every day and missing family time because we put these whales first
.
No one is paying me to write these instagram posts. No one has told me what to say to 'defend' what I do every day. If you saw my paycheck at the end of the month you will realise I do this in spite of my wage, and that trainers should get paid a lot more. I do it because I believe people need to know the real truth. Hell, that's why I wrote a book about it!
.
The truth is that we feed these animals so much that they don't care about fish. The truth is that the amount of chlorine in our water (which is filtered seawater by the way) is less than you would find in a glass of tap water that you drink. The truth is that the only medication given to these whales are daily multi vitamins or antibiotics once in a blue moon if we detect raised white-blood cell counts in their routine blood samples
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So who do you chose to believe? Ex-trainers with profitable agendas? Or current trainers who still get up every single morning and sacrifice everything for the good of the animals? .
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#killerwhale #killerwhaletrainer #orcatrainer #misswikie #teamwikie #partnership #zookeeper #animaltrainer #marinemammaltrainer #positivereinforcement #wetsuitlife #supportseaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworld #seaworldorcas #seaworldsandiego #seaworldorlando #marineland #marinelandantibes #mymarineland #blackandwhite #istillbelieve #dreamjob #bestjobever #achieveyourdreams #daretodream

1,002 65 13 May, 2019
a tiny Katina 💙

a tiny Katina 💙

61 3 13 May, 2019
Malia  is a 12 year old orca that lives at Seaworld where she was born on March 12 2007.Her mother is Taima and her father is Tilikum and she was the 3rd calf born to the pair.She was also Taimas first calf since her giving birth to her brothers Tekoa and Sumar.She was also Taimas only daughter.Taima acted aggressively towards Sumar and Tekoa after a few months since there birth.Taima for on well with Malia. Malia was introduced to her father Tilikum after a few months after her birth.Malia could often be seen performing with Tilikum and her mother Taima.Malia got on very well with Tilikum.On June 6 2010 went into Labour with her 4th calf.Sadly Taima and the calf died while she was giving birth.After Taima died female a female named Kalina who often took care of Malia when Taima needed a break became Malia's closest thing to a mother.Sadly a few months later Kalina died in October 2010.Malia is a very independent and fun, playful whale and has learnt many behaviours.She had been learning waterworks before they were stopped in 2010.She only learnt very basic waterwork behaviours
.She spent most of her time with her father Tilikum until he passed away on January 6 2017.Since November 2016 she has been seen more often with the rest of the Orlando pod.
#seaworldorlando #Sea #orcamalia #seaworldorcas
#marineroftheseas #orcawhale 
#killerwhales #Seaworld

Malia is a 12 year old orca that lives at Seaworld where she was born on March 12 2007.Her mother is Taima and her father is Tilikum and she was the 3rd calf born to the pair.She was also Taimas first calf since her giving birth to her brothers Tekoa and Sumar.She was also Taimas only daughter.Taima acted aggressively towards Sumar and Tekoa after a few months since there birth.Taima for on well with Malia. Malia was introduced to her father Tilikum after a few months after her birth.Malia could often be seen performing with Tilikum and her mother Taima.Malia got on very well with Tilikum.On June 6 2010 went into Labour with her 4th calf.Sadly Taima and the calf died while she was giving birth.After Taima died female a female named Kalina who often took care of Malia when Taima needed a break became Malia's closest thing to a mother.Sadly a few months later Kalina died in October 2010.Malia is a very independent and fun, playful whale and has learnt many behaviours.She had been learning waterworks before they were stopped in 2010.She only learnt very basic waterwork behaviours
.She spent most of her time with her father Tilikum until he passed away on January 6 2017.Since November 2016 she has been seen more often with the rest of the Orlando pod.
#seaworldorlando #Sea #orcamalia #seaworldorcas
#marineroftheseas #orcawhale
#killerwhales #Seaworld

67 1 12 May, 2019
Apparently some people aren't fully understanding the basis of positive reinforcement when it comes to orca training
.
Food deprivation is NEVER used as a tool for training. These whales are never punished for anything. If they decide not to participate in a show, session or anything else, then we simply ignore the behaviour and try again later
.
These whales are fed up to 120kg of fish per day. That is restaurant quality, scientifically analysed and packed full of all the nutrients, calories and minerals that they need to be in perfect health
.
Yes, the whales will be fed fish for participating in shows but these shows take up a very small portion of their day. The majority of the day will be spent in play time, rubdowns, relate sessions as well as training. Yes, fish is used as a primary reinforcer but it is often not what the whales prefer - fish is boring because the whales know it is always available to them. They KNOW they will always get fed
.
This means that we, as trainers, need to get creative with other ways we can reinforce our animals. Either through secondaries like gelatin or ice cubes, or through relationship
.
At the end of the day you can choose what you want to believe. But I am one person on a team of other trainers who are here with these whales on Christmas, New Year, Birthdays, Holiday weekends etc, because they need to be taken care of (i.e. FED, every single day)
.
If you still don't believe that we never deprive these whales of fish then you are welcome to come and see for yourself
.
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#killerwhale #killerwhaletrainer #orcatrainer #misswikie #teamwikie #partnership #zookeeper #animaltrainer #marinemammaltrainer #skyla #firstlove #allthefish #positivereinforcement #wetsuitlife #supportseaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworld #seaworldorcas #seaworldsandiego #seaworldorlando #marineland #marinelandantibes #mymarineland #blackandwhite #istillbelieve #dreamjob #bestjobever #achieveyourdreams #daretodream

Apparently some people aren't fully understanding the basis of positive reinforcement when it comes to orca training
.
Food deprivation is NEVER used as a tool for training. These whales are never punished for anything. If they decide not to participate in a show, session or anything else, then we simply ignore the behaviour and try again later
.
These whales are fed up to 120kg of fish per day. That is restaurant quality, scientifically analysed and packed full of all the nutrients, calories and minerals that they need to be in perfect health
.
Yes, the whales will be fed fish for participating in shows but these shows take up a very small portion of their day. The majority of the day will be spent in play time, rubdowns, relate sessions as well as training. Yes, fish is used as a primary reinforcer but it is often not what the whales prefer - fish is boring because the whales know it is always available to them. They KNOW they will always get fed
.
This means that we, as trainers, need to get creative with other ways we can reinforce our animals. Either through secondaries like gelatin or ice cubes, or through relationship
.
At the end of the day you can choose what you want to believe. But I am one person on a team of other trainers who are here with these whales on Christmas, New Year, Birthdays, Holiday weekends etc, because they need to be taken care of (i.e. FED, every single day)
.
If you still don't believe that we never deprive these whales of fish then you are welcome to come and see for yourself
.
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.
#killerwhale #killerwhaletrainer #orcatrainer #misswikie #teamwikie #partnership #zookeeper #animaltrainer #marinemammaltrainer #skyla #firstlove #allthefish #positivereinforcement #wetsuitlife #supportseaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworld #seaworldorcas #seaworldsandiego #seaworldorlando #marineland #marinelandantibes #mymarineland #blackandwhite #istillbelieve #dreamjob #bestjobever #achieveyourdreams #daretodream

1,002 31 12 May, 2019

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The worst thing has to be, when someone assumes you stand against cetacean activity then you are automatically affiliated with Blackfish and/or PETA. The truth of the matter is: I am not. 
I do not subscribe to PETA’s fearmongering or abuse. I have gone on many a rant before about why I refuse to ally myself with Blackfish/Blackfish activist circles as well. However, this is a perfect illustration as to how toxic White Animal Activism is. 
Indigenous people have spearheaded environmentalism & animal activism from the beginning. My people also stood against SeaWorld to prevent wild captures in Alaska, way back when. We are coast protectors, we are the blood of the orca. 
White people do not get to act like they, or their colonial facilities, somehow changed the tide of how the general public views the orca when they are solely responsible for their tarnished reputation as a mindless killer. .
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#trua //
#orcas #orca #orcawhale #orcawhales #orcawhalephotography #killerwhale #killerwhales #orcinusorca #captiveorca #captiveorcas #captivewhales #seaworldorcas #seaworldorca #seaworld #seaworldorlando #seaworldorlandoflorida #seaworldorlandofl

The worst thing has to be, when someone assumes you stand against cetacean activity then you are automatically affiliated with Blackfish and/or PETA. The truth of the matter is: I am not.
I do not subscribe to PETA’s fearmongering or abuse. I have gone on many a rant before about why I refuse to ally myself with Blackfish/Blackfish activist circles as well. However, this is a perfect illustration as to how toxic White Animal Activism is.
Indigenous people have spearheaded environmentalism & animal activism from the beginning. My people also stood against SeaWorld to prevent wild captures in Alaska, way back when. We are coast protectors, we are the blood of the orca.
White people do not get to act like they, or their colonial facilities, somehow changed the tide of how the general public views the orca when they are solely responsible for their tarnished reputation as a mindless killer. .
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#trua //
#orcas #orca #orcawhale #orcawhales #orcawhalephotography #killerwhale #killerwhales #orcinusorca #captiveorca #captiveorcas #captivewhales #seaworldorcas #seaworldorca #seaworld #seaworldorlando #seaworldorlandoflorida #seaworldorlandofl

17 1 12 May, 2019
Hey guys! So today the episode I recorded for 'The Zookeeper's Voice' went live! Head on over to their profile, find the direct link in my bio, or search on Apple Podcasts to hear the whole episode!
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We spoke a lot about 'I Still Believe' and what it's like working with killer whales! If you still need to pick up your copy of the book then you can also find the link to Amazon in my Bio! .
Happy reading and listening! .
Let me know what you think of the podcast in the comments and if you would like to hear more from me! .
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#killerwhaletrainer #orcatrainer #podcast #zookeeper #zookeepersvoice #zoopodcast #marinemammaltraining #shareyourvoice #istillbelieve #guestpodcast #podcasting #orca #killerwhale #orcawhale #seaworld #marineland #seaworldorcas #supportseaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworldcares #audiobook

Hey guys! So today the episode I recorded for 'The Zookeeper's Voice' went live! Head on over to their profile, find the direct link in my bio, or search on Apple Podcasts to hear the whole episode!
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We spoke a lot about 'I Still Believe' and what it's like working with killer whales! If you still need to pick up your copy of the book then you can also find the link to Amazon in my Bio! .
Happy reading and listening! .
Let me know what you think of the podcast in the comments and if you would like to hear more from me! .
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#killerwhaletrainer #orcatrainer #podcast #zookeeper #zookeepersvoice #zoopodcast #marinemammaltraining #shareyourvoice #istillbelieve #guestpodcast #podcasting #orca #killerwhale #orcawhale #seaworld #marineland #seaworldorcas #supportseaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworldcares #audiobook

504 14 10 May, 2019
You touch my hand and I feel like I am home.  Your skin is warm beneath my fingers and although your pec is ten times bigger, it seems a perfect fit. 
With your hand in mine, we are a team. Inseparable. Incredible. Inspirational
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Photo credit 📸@marion_vansteen13
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#killerwhale #killerwhaletrainer #orcatrainer #misswikie #teamwikie #partnership #zookeeper #animaltrainer #marinemammaltrainer #positivereinforcement #wetsuitlife #supportseaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworld #seaworldorcas #seaworldsandiego #seaworldorlando #marineland #marinelandantibes #mymarineland #blackandwhite #istillbelieve #dreamjob #bestjobever #achieveyourdreams #daretodream

You touch my hand and I feel like I am home.  Your skin is warm beneath my fingers and although your pec is ten times bigger, it seems a perfect fit.
With your hand in mine, we are a team. Inseparable. Incredible. Inspirational
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Photo credit 📸@marion_vansteen13
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#killerwhale #killerwhaletrainer #orcatrainer #misswikie #teamwikie #partnership #zookeeper #animaltrainer #marinemammaltrainer #positivereinforcement #wetsuitlife #supportseaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworld #seaworldorcas #seaworldsandiego #seaworldorlando #marineland #marinelandantibes #mymarineland #blackandwhite #istillbelieve #dreamjob #bestjobever #achieveyourdreams #daretodream

584 19 7 May, 2019
kalina and skyla ♡

kalina and skyla ♡

69 2 6 May, 2019

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Kalina’s collection 🖤
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(Image 1- Kalina interacting with children) (Image 2- Kalina and Katina) (Images 3&4- Kalina and Skyla) (Image 5- Kalina and Tuar) (Images 6&7 Kalina, Taima and Tekoa)

Kalina’s collection 🖤
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(Image 1- Kalina interacting with children) (Image 2- Kalina and Katina) (Images 3&4- Kalina and Skyla) (Image 5- Kalina and Tuar) (Images 6&7 Kalina, Taima and Tekoa)

195 5 6 May, 2019
Postcard of Dawn and Katina 💙
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Her love for the whales was so genuine and pictures like this warm my heart

Postcard of Dawn and Katina 💙
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Her love for the whales was so genuine and pictures like this warm my heart

102 1 4 May, 2019
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104 1 2 May, 2019
When I became a killer whale trainer I honestly had no idea how much it would give and teach me
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Every day I am humbled by this whale. Every day I learn something new about her and about myself. Every day I am blessed by the fact that she chooses to spend her time in play and chilling out with me.
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Photo credit 📸 : @lisakristin94 .
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#killerwhale #killerwhaletrainer #orcatrainer #misswikie #teamwikie #partnership #zookeeper #animaltrainer #marinemammaltrainer #positivereinforcement #wetsuitlife #supportseaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworld #seaworldorcas #seaworldsandiego #seaworldorlando #marineland #marinelandantibes #mymarineland #blackandwhite #istillbelieve #dreamjob #bestjobever #achieveyourdreams #daretodream

When I became a killer whale trainer I honestly had no idea how much it would give and teach me
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Every day I am humbled by this whale. Every day I learn something new about her and about myself. Every day I am blessed by the fact that she chooses to spend her time in play and chilling out with me.
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Photo credit 📸 : @lisakristin94 .
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#killerwhale #killerwhaletrainer #orcatrainer #misswikie #teamwikie #partnership #zookeeper #animaltrainer #marinemammaltrainer #positivereinforcement #wetsuitlife #supportseaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworld #seaworldorcas #seaworldsandiego #seaworldorlando #marineland #marinelandantibes #mymarineland #blackandwhite #istillbelieve #dreamjob #bestjobever #achieveyourdreams #daretodream

948 14 2 May, 2019
Wikie loves reading about herself! If you want to learn more about how incredible she is, as well as the other whales I have worked with, then head over to Amazon and pick yourself up a copy of I Still Believe today! .
Direct link is in my bio
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#killerwhale #killerwhaletrainer #orcatrainer #misswikie #teamwikie #partnership #zookeeper #animaltrainer #marinemammaltrainer #positivereinforcement #wetsuitlife #supportseaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworld #seaworldorcas #seaworldsandiego #seaworldorlando #marineland #marinelandantibes #mymarineland #blackandwhite #istillbelieve #dreamjob #bestjobever #achieveyourdreams #daretodream #creativegalgang

Wikie loves reading about herself! If you want to learn more about how incredible she is, as well as the other whales I have worked with, then head over to Amazon and pick yourself up a copy of I Still Believe today! .
Direct link is in my bio
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#killerwhale #killerwhaletrainer #orcatrainer #misswikie #teamwikie #partnership #zookeeper #animaltrainer #marinemammaltrainer #positivereinforcement #wetsuitlife #supportseaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworld #seaworldorcas #seaworldsandiego #seaworldorlando #marineland #marinelandantibes #mymarineland #blackandwhite #istillbelieve #dreamjob #bestjobever #achieveyourdreams #daretodream #creativegalgang

950 25 1 May, 2019
Katina & Kalina 💙

Katina & Kalina 💙

102 2 30 April, 2019
Aaaaand Keijo's front flip is finished! .
One of the most complex behaviours to train because it involves a 'siding bow' beforehand to help with the underwater run to eliminate angle in the front flip. It is also incredibly physically challenging and takes a lot of sessions and small successive approximations through positive reinforcement (never punishment!) to get to the finished behaviour
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The ice ball is thrown in the middle of the pool to remind him where he has to jump. It is one of the ways we fade out a target pole
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The whole behaviour has taken the best part of a year to train! It is so exciting as a trainer when you watch your whale figure out the pieces of the puzzle you are giving them. You can see Keijo's excited face as he comes back to his trainer! He has loved figuring this one out session by session, not only giving him great mental stimulation but a work out too!
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Myriam and Keijo have such a great relationship and he loves learning from her as much as she loves teaching him!
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#killerwhale #killerwhaletrainer #orcatrainer #misswikie #teamwikie #partnership #zookeeper #animaltrainer #marinemammaltrainer #positivereinforcement #wetsuitlife #supportseaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworld #seaworldorcas #seaworldsandiego #seaworldorlando #marineland #marinelandantibes #mymarineland #blackandwhite #istillbelieve #dreamjob #bestjobever #achieveyourdreams #daretodream

Aaaaand Keijo's front flip is finished! .
One of the most complex behaviours to train because it involves a 'siding bow' beforehand to help with the underwater run to eliminate angle in the front flip. It is also incredibly physically challenging and takes a lot of sessions and small successive approximations through positive reinforcement (never punishment!) to get to the finished behaviour
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The ice ball is thrown in the middle of the pool to remind him where he has to jump. It is one of the ways we fade out a target pole
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The whole behaviour has taken the best part of a year to train! It is so exciting as a trainer when you watch your whale figure out the pieces of the puzzle you are giving them. You can see Keijo's excited face as he comes back to his trainer! He has loved figuring this one out session by session, not only giving him great mental stimulation but a work out too!
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Myriam and Keijo have such a great relationship and he loves learning from her as much as she loves teaching him!
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#killerwhale #killerwhaletrainer #orcatrainer #misswikie #teamwikie #partnership #zookeeper #animaltrainer #marinemammaltrainer #positivereinforcement #wetsuitlife #supportseaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworld #seaworldorcas #seaworldsandiego #seaworldorlando #marineland #marinelandantibes #mymarineland #blackandwhite #istillbelieve #dreamjob #bestjobever #achieveyourdreams #daretodream

1,046 75 30 April, 2019
baby nalani ♡

baby nalani ♡

222 13 29 April, 2019
and some more vintage photos because you all seem to love them as much as myself! ❤️
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(Image 1- Katina and trainer) (Image 2- Katrina, Katina and Kalina)
(Image 3- Ikaika and Katina)
(Image 4- Kasatka and Katina)
(Image 5- Katina and Kalina)

and some more vintage photos because you all seem to love them as much as myself! ❤️
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(Image 1- Katina and trainer) (Image 2- Katrina, Katina and Kalina)
(Image 3- Ikaika and Katina)
(Image 4- Kasatka and Katina)
(Image 5- Katina and Kalina)

139 5 28 April, 2019
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(Image 1 young Katina)
(Image 2 Katina and Kasatka) (Image 3 Kandu 5, Kasatka, Katina and Kenau)
(Image 4 Katina and Taku)

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(Image 1 young Katina)
(Image 2 Katina and Kasatka) (Image 3 Kandu 5, Kasatka, Katina and Kenau)
(Image 4 Katina and Taku)

66 1 28 April, 2019
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Help these animals by simply searching, ‘sea world orca petition’. And for more information. #savetheanimals #stopanimalcruelty #stopanimalabuse #petitions #campaigns #animals #animalabuse #animalpetitions #seaworld #orca #orcas #seaworldorcas

22 0 27 April, 2019

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young katina 💙

young katina 💙

129 10 16 April, 2019

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We weren’t expecting rain in the forecast! 🌧 😂 Thank you to all the amazing trainers who made this alien behavior possible for us. It means so much to Brian & I! @sflamonaco #seaworld #seaworldsanantonio #texas #alien #orcatour #killerwhaletour #kwuc #seaworldcares #seaworldstrong #seaworldorcas #standwithseaworld #parktoplanet #shamu #shamustadium #photography #photo #tuar #ky #kyuquot

We weren’t expecting rain in the forecast! 🌧 😂 Thank you to all the amazing trainers who made this alien behavior possible for us. It means so much to Brian & I! @sflamonaco #seaworld #seaworldsanantonio #texas #alien #orcatour #killerwhaletour #kwuc #seaworldcares #seaworldstrong #seaworldorcas #standwithseaworld #parktoplanet #shamu #shamustadium #photography #photo #tuar #ky #kyuquot

385 24 7 October, 2018

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That 👅! Gah Sakari makes me smile. 😁 She’s such a sweet whale and I love how she’s always willing to perform/interact even if the others don’t want to. Sakari to the rescue! #sakari #seaworld #seaworldsanantonio #seaworldorcas #seaworldcares #killerwhale #orca #killerwhaleupclose #killerwhaleupclosetour #seaworldstrong #parktoplanet

That 👅! Gah Sakari makes me smile. 😁 She’s such a sweet whale and I love how she’s always willing to perform/interact even if the others don’t want to. Sakari to the rescue! #sakari #seaworld #seaworldsanantonio #seaworldorcas #seaworldcares #killerwhale #orca #killerwhaleupclose #killerwhaleupclosetour #seaworldstrong #parktoplanet

487 38 29 August, 2018
Trua & Kayla look like they’re about to high five each other in this short video. Who else is stoked about having the orcas back in UWV? 🙋🏼‍♀️ #seaworld #seaworldstrong #seaworldcares #standwithseaworld #seaworldorlando #seaworldorcas #orcas #killerwhales #whales #cetacean #uwv #uwvideo #trua #kayla #underwaterphotography #dinewithshamu #shamu #shamustadium

Trua & Kayla look like they’re about to high five each other in this short video. Who else is stoked about having the orcas back in UWV? 🙋🏼‍♀️ #seaworld #seaworldstrong #seaworldcares #standwithseaworld #seaworldorlando #seaworldorcas #orcas #killerwhales #whales #cetacean #uwv #uwvideo #trua #kayla #underwaterphotography #dinewithshamu #shamu #shamustadium

305 35 13 September, 2018
Britney and Kamea having fun during the Killer Whale Up Close Tour. I got all 3 girls today... so so excited and I can’t wait to share my photos. #seaworld #seaworldsanantonio #texas #kwuc #oneocean #parktoplanet #orcatour #killerwhaletour #kamea #seaworldorcas #seaworldcares #seaworldstrong #standwithseaworld #killerwhale #orca #shamu #babyshamu #shamustadium

Britney and Kamea having fun during the Killer Whale Up Close Tour. I got all 3 girls today... so so excited and I can’t wait to share my photos. #seaworld #seaworldsanantonio #texas #kwuc #oneocean #parktoplanet #orcatour #killerwhaletour #kamea #seaworldorcas #seaworldcares #seaworldstrong #standwithseaworld #killerwhale #orca #shamu #babyshamu #shamustadium

320 22 5 October, 2018

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Here’s a quick clip with the San Antonio girls during Dine with Orcas. Thanks to @orca_photography_swo for getting this on video while Montie and I were snapping photos. #seaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworldstrong #seaworldcares #seaworldorcas #seaworldsanantonio #vacation #texas #shamu #shamustadium #dinewithshamu #dinewithorcas #orcas #killerwhales #family #parktoplanet #takara #kamea #sakari

Here’s a quick clip with the San Antonio girls during Dine with Orcas. Thanks to @orca_photography_swo for getting this on video while Montie and I were snapping photos. #seaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworldstrong #seaworldcares #seaworldorcas #seaworldsanantonio #vacation #texas #shamu #shamustadium #dinewithshamu #dinewithorcas #orcas #killerwhales #family #parktoplanet #takara #kamea #sakari

238 3 20 hours ago
Sakari always makes me smile! Just a few more weeks until we fly out to see this beautiful lady and the rest of her family. Volume up to hear her vocalize! Sorry I was MIA this weekend. I’m back... #seaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworldstrong #seaworldcares #sakari #seaworldsanantonio #texas #seaworldorcas #orca #killerwhale #parktoplanet #oneocean #kwuc #orcatour #killerwhaletour #kwuctour

Sakari always makes me smile! Just a few more weeks until we fly out to see this beautiful lady and the rest of her family. Volume up to hear her vocalize! Sorry I was MIA this weekend. I’m back... #seaworld #standwithseaworld #seaworldstrong #seaworldcares #sakari #seaworldsanantonio #texas #seaworldorcas #orca #killerwhale #parktoplanet #oneocean #kwuc #orcatour #killerwhaletour #kwuctour

460 18 17 September, 2018
I’M TIRED OF THE RUDE COMMENTS!! THEY WILL BE DELETED AND YOU’LL BE BLOCKED!!!!!! Tuar ❤️ I’m literally so freakin’ excited to see the boys again.... 3 killer whale Up Close tours booked! ✅  I want to start planning San Antonio trips every 3-4 months from here on out... you can’t beat the flight and hotel deals plus the tours are so affordable. I love this video because you can see Tuar’s eye so clearly! He’s so handsome. 💙 ya Tuar!! #seaworld #seaworldsanantonio #texas #tuar #parktoplanet #seaworldcares #seaworldstrong #seaworldorcas #killerwhale #whale #orca #shamu #shamustadium #kwuc #tour #orcatour #killerwhaletour #oneocean #betterintexas #sanantonio #standwithseaworld #photo #photography

I’M TIRED OF THE RUDE COMMENTS!! THEY WILL BE DELETED AND YOU’LL BE BLOCKED!!!!!! Tuar ❤️ I’m literally so freakin’ excited to see the boys again.... 3 killer whale Up Close tours booked! ✅ I want to start planning San Antonio trips every 3-4 months from here on out... you can’t beat the flight and hotel deals plus the tours are so affordable. I love this video because you can see Tuar’s eye so clearly! He’s so handsome. 💙 ya Tuar!! #seaworld #seaworldsanantonio #texas #tuar #parktoplanet #seaworldcares #seaworldstrong #seaworldorcas #killerwhale #whale #orca #shamu #shamustadium #kwuc #tour #orcatour #killerwhaletour #oneocean #betterintexas #sanantonio #standwithseaworld #photo #photography

1,120 51 3 October, 2018