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Elizabeth Batt

Digital Journalist based in Coram, MT, United States, United States. Joined on Nov 30, 2011
Expertise in Women's health, Environment & green living, Pets, Books, Charity & volunteer work,   see all» Teen culture

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Killer whale at Marineland appears to be ailing Special

Niagara Falls - Newly published photographs taken by Ontario Captive Animal Watch (OCAW), appear to show that Marineland's solitary killer whale 'Kiska', is in bad shape.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Dolphins don't belong in the desert says advocacy group Special

Las Vegas - It's been described by advocates as the dolphin death pool. Tucked away inside The Mirage Hotel and Casino Resort in Las Vegas, are ten bottlenose dolphins. All of them are suffering from the desert heat says the Mojave Dolphin campaign.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Killer whales dominate Superpod Three on San Juan Island Special

Friday Harbor - Superpod Three concluded last Friday following a fabulous whirlwind five-day orca-fest, hosted by the cast of the documentary, ‘Blackfish’. The real stars of the show however, were undoubtedly, the killer whales themselves.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Blackfish stars and orca experts to descend on San Juan Island

Friday Harbor - Orca enthusiasts from around the globe will unite next week for a week-long orca fest on San Juan Island in Washington State. Now in its third year, the gathering, aptly named "Superpod," will be the best attended event yet.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt

Former SeaWorld trainer and 'Blackfish' star lands book deal Special

Former killer whale trainer John Hargrove, just announced a major book deal with Macmillan Publishing. 'Beneath the Surface' (working title), will hit the shelves early next year, and will reveal more insider info on SeaWorld's backstage operations.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Op-Ed: AMMPA to focus on international advocacy and cetacean captivity

It's been a tough week for US-based marine parks, both politically and publicly. With sentiment shifting away from keeping cetaceans in captivity, the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums is planning a big push back.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt

Demo planned on Saturday for Marineland's lonely killer whale Special

Niagara Falls - A solitary orca in her 37th year of captivity will gain a voice this weekend. Cetacean advocacy groups and their supporters, are planning to protest for Kiska, a 42-year-old Icelandic whale captured in 1977 and housed at Marineland in Canada.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 1 comment

SeaWorld put on notice by orca scientist Special

A leading orca scientist is challenging SeaWorld over the erroneous use of a self-authored paper describing dorsal fin collapse in wild killer whales.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Ingenious cetacean database launches fund drive

Ceta-Base.com, one of the most comprehensive resources in the world for captive dolphin and whale research is launching a fund drive. Here's why you should support it.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt

Lawsuit slapped on Taiji town government on behalf of dolphins

Taiji - Angel, a young female albino dolphin being held at the Taiji Whale Museum in Japan, has sparked the first ever lawsuit for dolphins against the government of Taiji.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Mountain Bluebirds herald spring in Montana

Coram - Robins are often credited with spring's arrival, but in mountainous NW Montana, the glorious indigo color of the Mountain Bluebird paints a resplendent path to the season of rebirth.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 3 comments

SeaWorld San Diego confirms orca pregnancy

San Diego - SeaWorld has confirmed that a young female killer whale is pregnant. Talking to CBS 8 News, SeaWorld said nine-year-old Kalia is due to give birth in December.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt

Multiple sources confirm SeaWorld's Kalia is pregnant

San Diego - Several sources from within SeaWorld have now confirmed to Digital Journal that nine-year-old killer whale Kalia is pregnant.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 1 comment

Former trainers decry possible orca pregnancy at SeaWorld Special

San Diego - A newly-released YouTube video caused a stir over the weekend after it showed SeaWorld staff performing an ultrasound on an allegedly pregnant young female orca in San Diego.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 4 comments

Op-Ed: Sean Hannity's 'debate' on orca bill evolves into full-on bashing

A new orca protection bill proposed in Sacramento yesterday generated immense media attention including a 'debate' on the Hannity show last night. Presented with few facts and a questionable guest, it became a deplorable display of bullying.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 4 comments

Op-Ed: Vet documents show SeaWorld uses valium-type drugs for cetaceans

Still battling controversy in the wake of the documentary Blackfish, court-filed documents reveal that SeaWorld has doped several killer whales with benzodiazepines — a class of drug that includes Valium and Xanax.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

International team to tackle world zoo & aquarium organization

Gland - An international team of dolphin advocates opposed to the Taiji dolphin drives will gather at the headquarters of the World Association of Zoos & Aquariums (WAZA) this week, to discuss the exclusion of one of its members.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 1 comment

UK travel industry targeted for selling trips to marine parks Special

A dolphin and whale advocate is taking on one of the world's leading leisure travel groups over selling tickets to UK tourists looking to visit marine parks located abroad.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

'Blackfish' doc inspires legislation to ban orca shows in Calif.

Los Angeles - In another blow for SeaWorld, a state lawmaker introduced new legislation that would ban the use of killer whales during performances in California.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Incident report into park trainer's death raises concerns Special

Puerto De La Cruz - Two months prior to the death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau, another SeaWorld-owned orca killed trainer Alexis Martinez. The official incident report filed after the accident, revealed several concerns.
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