What a year 2013!
It’s been a wonderful and productive year for the organization Save the Blood Dolphins. Our administrative team is growing. This year has brought us many joys and some really sad moments.
First, let me introduce you to the administrative team that is the main backbone of our organization. These great passionate men and women, selflessly volunteer their valuable time not only to the plight of the captive dolphin but also for other animals that they render a voice to. Our wonderful team is comprised of different personalities and groups that believe that we can make a difference by uniting our efforts. Kudos and salutations for a job well done team STBD!
In January, Mila DeMier traveled to Almerimar, Spain and visited with Promar/Marcos the Dolphin and presented the Promar group with a donation and volunteered her time on behalf of our organization. Sadly on February 2, 2013, he was battered by a powerful storm, at the same time he was still battling several health issues and a few weeks after her visit, Marcos passed away. Marcos will always be in our hearts.
Our 3rd Annual Positive Change for Taiji event took place in Miami in front of the Consulate of Japan building. The turnout was amazing. Ric O’Barry attended and joined the chorus line of our interpretation of “Oppa Gangman- Save the Blood Dolphins Style” – Video.
We hosted a Matinee –Cove viewing and fundraiser for Ric O’Barry, at the Ellie Schiller Homossassa Spring and Wildlife State park. The turnout was amazing and we received many wonderful donations and we collected $500.00 for Dolphin Project.
This very important tour that we took to visit with the manatees was more than a personal thing, it was a true eye opening experience of the challenges happening in Crystal River including the coal burning near such pristine water by the electrical company.
Maria Cristina Cely, a person we admire, and despite it all she is making her dreams come true. We truly want to give this whale warrior an “Honorable Mention”. Here is the story while she was aboard the Bob Barker in the Southern Oceans sanctuary saving whales. She witnessed a minke whale get harpooned and she later sent this message and we were very inspired to do a video in the memory of Rosita.
One of our administrators was present at the Screening of Blackfish, along with Ric O’Barry and Gabriella Cowperthwaite. Dolphin Project team in attendance. Kirsten Massebeau and Martyn Stewart both visited the Port of Astoria on different occasions, advocating for the release and to stop the branding of seals of the dam, bringing awareness through their images.
Way To Go! Champions for Cetaceans our sister page and blog!
Both Mila DeMier and Barbara Napoles attended the 2nd Annual Miami Wildlife Conservation Film Festival to support Ric O’Barry and Leilani Munter. Ric received a wonderful award and Leilani Munter presented him with a beautiful oil painting.
We also did some beach clean up in South Beach.
We hereby give our great friend Susan Mabe, a posthoumous “Honorable Mention”. Here is a little piece of movie trivia for those of you that did not know this. Susan Mabe’s appears in “Blackfish”. I was present at Sanford when that protest took place and the film crew was videotaping. Never in my wildest dreams did we imagine that this great documentary was being filmed. You will just have to see it for yourself won’t you? #Blackfish
We visited Miami Seaquarium to checked on Lolita and her condition in June. The last time that we had seen her was immediately following the death of “Hugo” a heartbreaking moment as Lolita was alone without a companion. The visit turned out to be one of the saddest moments in my life. Told Lolita that we have not forgotten her. We are fighting for her freedom.
June 28, 2013- Mila DeMier attends Europe’s biggest demonstration yet, “Close down all Dolphinariums in EU”. This event was also UStreamed by Mila and you can watch the Ustream of the event here.
We once again joined with The Dolphin Project Team to watch Blackfish in Tampa and gave interview to Univision TV Station.
Protest at the Consulate of Japan in Portland, Oregon for the annual Japans Dolphins Day 2013
Japan’s Dolphins Day 2013 Harlem Shake being performed by the team.
Protest at the Consulate of Japan in Miami for the annual Day of the Dolphin 2013
Mila de Mier visited Turmares Tarifa to check out their wild dolphins program. They are a wonderful company that cares for the well being of the dolphins. Their dolphin watch tour is great and very educational. A pioneer company in Spain. Go visit their page and like them on Facebook.
We visited Miami for a fundraiser for Ric O’Barry at Luna Star Café.
October 2013 –
10/10/13 Protest at Miami Seaquarium done for the SBS International – Dateline Australia
One of the best moments of the year, getting picked up by Dateline: Australia. Liberating Lolita : Dateline Australia
Then on October 26, 2013 we were once again at another event in front of the Miami Seaquarium.
Protest November 9th – SeaWorld Orlando – 30 yrs of Tillikum’s capture.
11/19/13 – Tweetstorm for End the Faroe Grind –
12/22/13 – Protest of December 22- Boycott SeaWorld for Cash’s Birthday video. We yelled Boycott Seaworld, Seaworld lies. Our voices were heard. Even “The Daily Mail” in the UK picked up the story. This has to be the best event of the year and a crowning glory for our team.
It was an amazing year! We’ve set the bar! We, at Save the Blood Dolphins will ring in the New Year with greater adventures and ways to help dolphins with the recent addition of Sharon and Steve, this year is even more promising than ever!
For the Dolphins, For the Whales, For the World.