Orca Hunter Turned Whale Rescuer Shares His Video
David Kirby - TakePart
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December 3, 2014
Jeff Foster Once Hunted Orcas for SeaWorld; Now He Works to Free Marine Mammals (CNN)
Last week on CNN’s AC360 With Anderson Cooper, viewers witnessed never-before-seen footage of killer whales captured in the 1980s off the coast of Iceland. The images were disturbing and heartbreaking. The marine biologist who took them, Jeff Foster, once captured orcas for SeaWorld and other marine parks; today he works to free them, turning down multimillion-dollar offers to resume the hunt.
In some videos, Foster speaks in the background as boats corral orca families into a net and remove the youngest ones - wailing in panic - from the water in a sling. Other videos show juvenile whales in concrete pools, apparently crying out for their mothers.
Over the past decades, Foster has undergone a gradual transformation from hunter of orcas to prominent opponent of keeping them in tanks.
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