About the Author

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When I was a child, my dream was to become a Seaworld trainer.  I was obsessed with dolphins, whales and their training and I held onto my dream until I was 19 years old. It was in 2009 that I watched the documentary “The Cove” and learned that there was a controversy surrounding cetacean captivity. This was a huge surprise to me, as I was under the impression that everyone loved SeaWorld.

After watching the movie, I went straight to the internet to do some reading. What I found in my search for answers was sickening. Tooth drilling, artificial insemination, family separations, and shortened life spans…I knew that I could no longer support these things by going to marine parks and I would have to give up my life long dream of becoming a SeaWorld trainer.

In the process of becoming anti-captivity, I never lost my love for dolphins or whales, I only gained more respect for them. Eventually, I channeled that love and concern for cetaceans in a different direction and decided to harness the power of social media. I created “Cetacean Inspiration” to raise awareness about an issue that was kept hidden from me for so long. Now, I am an advocate for cetaceans everywhere, and I hope that you are too!

Enjoy delving into my writings! Sincerely,

Jaime

24 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. Hello!

    My name is Jennifer Hoch, I am a student at the University of Iowa studying Journalism and Mass Communication. For a class of mine, I have been writing in a shark blog; http://liveeverydaylikeitssharkweek.wordpress.com/ . For the final project, I am putting a piece together about sharks in aquariums and wanted to know if it would be possible to speak with you about your views on aquariums. This would be a very open ended and brief phone call.

    Please let me know if you’re interested,

    Jennifer Hoch

  2. Hi Jaime!

    Thank you so much for all of your amazing support! Your site is one of my go-to places to catch up on the most recent developments. And I’m loving your latest! I just wanted to really quickly let you know that I was a trainer for ten years. :) I just wanted to make sure your info was as spot on as possible to keep ya one of the most credible sites.

    Hope all is well and can’t wait to see your next article!

    Love,
    B

    • Thanks for reading and thanks for the correction! More importantly, thanks for giving a voice to captive dolphins and orcas. You’re an inspiration! Tell everyone I said hi and to keep up the good work :)

      Sincerely,
      Jaime C

  3. Your post are great! Feel free to contact me if you’d ever like to chat, I am in the same boat as you- a current college student hoping to change the world for the sake of cetaceans in captivity. Keep up the awesome work! :)

  4. Jaime,
    I really like this blog even though I am mostly pro cap. You have several good arguments. I have wanted to train the orcas at SeaWorld since I was nine. I never would have wanted to do this if I hadn’t had a dream about kayaking with orcas out in the wild. I have now wanted to work at SeaWorld for 4 years. Every time I go I am just so happy because I get to see the animals I love. Your blog has made me think about captivity differently, and although I am not giving up my dream, this blog has shone a new light on some things. Thanks! :)
    Cassie

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