Sunday, May 18, 2014

Ceta-Base is the leading marine mammal database in the world and the first to create an online inventory focusing specifically on captive dolphins. Launched in 2006 as the "Phin'ventory", the site was the result of over 17,000 hours of research conducted over the course of a decade.

From the beginning the site and its resources have been maintained entirely out-of-pocket by its administrator who works full time on the database. It's a project that was born from a passion for captive cetaceans and the history surrounding the industry.

Today, Ceta-Base continues to be a leader in the online community, providing consulting, information and statistics to interested individuals and organizations on a volunteer basis. Your donation will help cover growing day-to-day costs including research materials, document processing, archival news memberships and other services that are crucial to the continuous operation of Ceta-Base. Donation Disclaimer.

Donate today and with a minimum donation of $10.00 receive a Ceta-Base sticker featuring the earth logo above!   

Or make a recurring donation of 5.00 per month or more and not only will you receive a sticker but you'll also be added to the Ceta-Base mailing list and receive other perks!  Make your donation today!

The circular sticker measures 3.5" on a high quality vinyl suitable for indoor or outdoor applications.

Ceta-Base is thrilled to share endorsements and testimonials from Diana Reiss (Author of "The Dolphin in the Mirror"), David Kirby (Author of "Death at SeaWorld, Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity") and more.  

"Ceta-Base is an invaluable resource for scientists, students, and the general public that provides a dynamic on-line inventory of the current status and historical data on cetacean species in captivity around the world. The site also provides an accurate documentation of the current available data on cetaceans killed, captured and transported in the dolphin drive hunts in Taiji, Japan. I have found this to be an unbiased and extremely reliable database."
- Diana Reiss PhD., Professor, Department of Psychology, Hunter College
"I routinely visit the site when writing articles for and other outlets. Ceta-Base is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in whales and dolphins in captivity. The depth, breadth and range of information found on this site is unparalleled - nowhere else on the internet has so much data on captive cetaceans kept in one place. "
- David Kirby, Author, "Death at SeaWorld, Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity"  
Ceta-Base is the #1 resource on captive cetaceans! The site design is clean and easy for anyone to use. The best part, you can use Ceta-Base to stay up-to-date with the latest news, learn more about the cetaceans at your local marine park, and more. I think the coolest thing about Ceta-Base is that it's ultimately a collaboration. The admin receives information and photos from fans that together contributes to this excellent resource that helps everyone learn more about these amazing animals.
- Leo, Student, Marine Biology, University of California Santa Cruz 
In looking for the most reliable, current, and comprehensive data on cetaceans in captivity, there really is no other resource like Ceta-Base. Anyone who has attempted to track individual whales and dolphins, their status, and the international facilities that hold them understands what an immense challenge it is. Furthermore, the administrator is responsive to individual inquiries and is an invaluable and credible resource for all stakeholders.
- Courtney Vail, Campaigns and Programs Manager, Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC)
Ceta-Base is an essential tool for any writer whose research involves captive cetaceans. The easy format and meticulous sources allow any researcher to narrow -- or expand, their topic of focus. Ceta-Base has and will always be, my first stop for anything captive cetacean related.
- Elizabeth Batt, Journalist, Decoded Science & Digital Journal

There are a lot of exciting changes planned for both the website and blog this year!  This week marks the launch of the first ever Ceta-Base donation drive and the website is undergoing a complete redesign.

Site features will be expanded, pages will be updated and inventories completed with the new layout.

The blog will also undergo some improvements.  Over the next year I hope to bring you not only news from the world of captive cetaceans but some other informational posts.  

Things to look out for in the next few months include

  • Captive Cetacean Throwbacks - a historical blog entry that discusses the early days of the industry or a specific species' history in the care of man.
  • Captive Cetacean Bio's - a detailed profile of an individual dolphin or whale currently living in marine parks around the world
  • Historical Record & Inventories - you may remember that Ceta-Base published a "beluga book" examining the history and current inventory of the species.  Look for more in these in the next year!
  • Tracking Taiji - this 2012 report is getting an update, look for it in the next few weeks!

Friday, May 16, 2014

About the Site
The Ceta-Base (CB) website launched in December 2006 with the captive dolphin inventory called "Phin'ventory". Conceived years earlier, the site is the result of over a decade of research into the captive marine mammal industry.

Ceta-Base is far more than a database and more in-depth than the National Inventory of Marine Mammals or other documents. It is the only site that references multiple industry resources then compares those records against public sources such as newspaper articles, scientific papers and journals. This multi-level approach ensures increased accuracy and provides extra fact validation for site users.

Ceta-Base does not solely copy readily available information. It is our goal and practice to gather, analyze and interpret data through the lens of professional experience. This standard sets Ceta-Base apart from other database and inventory websites available online today.

As part of this philosophy the data contained on this site will be presented in an impartial format with the intent to inform and educate without a platform or agenda. While the administrator of Ceta-base does have an opinion about captive marine mammals the site is not meant to be a forum for either a pro-captivity or anti-captivity debate. Because Ceta-base is unbiased, we consult and provide information to all organizations regardless of affiliation. This does not imply endorsement of those organizations.

Site Basics
The administrator of Ceta-Base strives for accurate and up to date information however the data itself can be dynamic - in short, captive animals are transported, give birth or die. Information that is submitted is subject to independent verification or put on hold by request. If so submitted information may not appear on the website immediately. Your patience and understanding is appreciated when dealing with typos or other data that may be incorrect.

In the event you find a typo or mistake please email Ceta-Base. Pictures and information may also be submitted via email. Information submitted can be kept confidential if that is preferred and the admin of Ceta-Base will always respect conditions of anonmynity or confidentiality of sources.

By its nature the database features a large number of photos. Whenever possible we have attempted to contact the original owner of the photograph for their permission and to correctly credit the photographer. If you see one of your photos displayed here and either want it removed or credited please email.

Any data presented on Ceta-Base is done so with the purpose of informing users so that they may formulate their own understanding of the information presented. Articles, papers, news and materials from both sides of the argument will be posted even if they do not necessarily reflect an opinion of the site administrator. Always be aware of the source when reading through the materials found on the website, though the site is neutral the materials presented here may not be.

Finally, the owner, admin and host of this website is not affiliated with any organization or marine park mentioned on this site.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The two finless porpoise are the first to be successfully rehab'ed in Korea, both porpoises were entangled in a fishermans net and rescued in Dec 2011. They will go on display at Busan Aquarium on 08-Mar-2012.

(badly translated, Korean)
[report] in December last year, Gyeongnam Tongyeong if nausea was discovered offshore pound net sanggwaengyi Trapped in 'enjoy' and 'floor' with vigor to fall away as fishermen discovered a barely nine trillion dwaetgo institutions has been taken to immediately rescue therapy : [Interview: Young Ran, Whale Institute veterinarian] "When he was found early in the feeding response did not have a body that was very exhausted state of movement was very dull.

" two months after two of the appearance is at the end of the intensive care energy recovery and can have fun in the tank. distinctive moknolrimeun a delight for a man. [Interview: yangjunho, Busan Aquarium Marine Life Exhibition Team] ", give us a very dark and quiet, all create an environment now gradually giving We, and many familiar schemed against doegetseupnida " in Korea, the whales caught in a net found it a year an average of six hundred animals. all dead or soon to be dead reported are.

so 'enjoy' and 'floor' of the country for the first time in be attached to the restoration of health, whale. [Interview: bakgyeomjun, Ph.D. Institute of whales] , "Through this opportunity sanggwaengyiui behavior and ecology for the opportunity to get to know the there seems to be used as a " small dolphins reacted sanggwaengyineun on the west coast of Korea, an estimated 30,000 lives, but internationally endangered species are classified. currently receiving therapeutic care in the tank and the floor as early as sanggwaengyi enjoy the end of this month moved to General tanks born just the public will. YTN Kim Jong - Ho [] is


Something in the water? Dolphin and beluga pregnant at Shedd

This year is shaping up to be the year of the big baby at the Shedd Aquarium.

Pacific white-sided dolphin Piquet, 24, who weighs about 200 pounds, and beluga whale Mauyak, 31, who weighs 1,200 pounds, are both pregnant, aquarium officials announced Tuesday.

First time mother Piquet (PEE-ket) is due in May. Mauyak (My-AK), who gave birth to Qannik (kah-NIK) and Miki (MEE-kee) at the Shedd, is due in October, said Ken Ramirez, executive vice president of animal care and training.

Ramirez said both animals are healthy, their pregnancies are progressing normally and visitors can still see them actively participating with their animal groups in aquarium activities.

“One of the best things for the animals is to carry on as normal,” he said. “They’re with the rest of the group. If the group is performing in one of the shows she’ll be in one of the shows. If the group is playing games and doing enrichment the pregnant moms will be playing games and doing enrichment.”

Dolphin daddy Lii (LEE-ee) remains at the Miami Seaquarium, where he sired Piquet’s calf. Naluark (nah-LOO-ark), father to Mauyak’s calf, is living at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn.

Their absence won’t be missed, Ramirez said.

“The fathers don’t play any role in the rearing of the calf,” he said. “In the dolphin world — it sounds crass — males swim into a group of females, mate and move on. They are not around when the mother gives birth, they never see the offspring or have any indication that they understand it’s their offspring.”

The killer whale was flown in a tank from Texas to Lindbergh Field aboard a C-130 cargo plane, according to a SeaWorld representative. The whale and a team of logistics personnel, animal care specialists and veterinarians arrived between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.

After arriving, Keet was transferred from the airport to SeaWorld on the back of a large flat-bed semitruck. It took about two hours to drive slowly to SeaWorld and to transfer him to a large tank.

Another killer whale, a 40-year-old female named Corky, watched the entire process. She was determined to find out more about her new tankmate being lowered in -- a tank that Keet has been in before.

The 7,000-pound, 19-year-old whale, was born at SeaWorld San Antonio and transferred to San Diego in 1999. In early 2000, he was sent to SeaWorld Ohio. The next year he was sent back to San Diego, where he stayed until he was transferred to San Antonio in 2004. Now, he is back in San Diego.

"I really believe they have good memories," said former orca trainer Shawna Karrasch. "Sights, sounds, feelings: about people and places and I do believe that." According to a SeaWorld representative, Keet was brought back to San Diego "to enhance the groupings of the killer whale family."

Karrasch told 10News that even with all the moves SeaWorld's killer whales are happy.
"I believe they are really happy animals. That's a bone of contention for some people, but from being there firsthand I had to make sure I was comfortable. They are happy animals," Karrasch said. However, animal advocates disagree. PETA told 10News that moving Keet is unnecessary.
"For SeaWorld to shuttle Keet across the country repeatedly from park to park in order to breed more animals for its tawdry shows is hugely stressful to him," said David Perle of PETA.

SeaWorld San Diego maintains that the safety and welfare of the animal remains a top priority.
It is unclear how long Keet will be in San Diego this time.

(translated, Japanese)
Suma Aqualife Park, Kobe Municipal Suma Ward 6 days, was announced dead on February 27 is the estimated 24-year-old bottlenose dolphin = "F-One Ltd." = female dolphin has been gaining popularity such as live. Cause of death is under investigation. Garden flowers in the same units to set up a Museum "dolphin live" until April 18.

 F-One Ltd. ¥ come from breeding facilities of Wakayama Prefecture in November 1995 after the Great Hanshin Earthquake. Since more than 16 years, appeared in the number of dolphin dolphin head unfolds live performance, has been known to park visitors.

 Become ill-health such as decreased appetite from around the end of a year, was absent from live dolphins. But once recovered, rapid change in condition around noon on February 27, as it is called dead. Was talking about "It was a favorite at live child to play with and fellow keepers. He has been working as a leader of the oldest" person in charge breeding.

 Fighting units have been active in the F-One Ltd. also exhibited photographs of live dolphin.

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