Thousands Will Protest Marine Mammal Captivity Tomorrow

Written by on June 5, 2015 in Other News, Whales & Dolphins

Tomorrow, June 6th, is the third annual Empty the Tanks event.

Empty the Tanks 2013.

Empty the Tanks 2013. Photo credit: Emily Tripp.

Empty the Tanks was started in 2013 by Rachel Greenhalgh after she spent time as a Cove Guardian in Taiji, Japan. Witnessing the horrors that take place in the now infamous cove, Rachel was inspired to take action against captivity.

Tomorrow, individuals around the world will stand up for captive marine mammals at aquariums and marine mammal parks. The events aren’t designed to be radical protests but public awareness campaigns aimed at educating the general public.

This year, there are nearly 60 events planned worldwide. Check out the Empty the Tanks Facebook page to find an event near you. If there aren’t any nearby and you still want to participate, don’t worry! You can just snap a quick picture with an #EmptyTheTanks sign and you’ll be featured on the page.

Check out this article to learn more: Captivity is “a failed experiment”.

Copyright © 2015 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

About the Author

About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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