Orca hunter turned whale rescuer shares his video

Originally posted on Anderson Cooper 360:

Attendance and profits have plunged again at SeaWorld. The company, which operates 11 theme parks, says its third quarter earnings fell 28 percent from a year ago and they had half-million fewer park visitors. That’s all during what is supposed to be the busy summer months. SeaWorld’s CEO says he is confident they’re addressing the company’s challenges. They are building larger tanks for its killer whales, the first expected to open in San Diego in four years. This comes after CNN aired the documentary “Blackfish” last year. The film raised questions of alleged animal abuse at its parks. SeaWorld Entertainment Group denies the allegations.

CNN’s Ivan Watson got a unique view into how SeaWorld and other parks get their killer whales. For the first time on TV, a former whale hunter is sharing his video.

Watch part 2 of Ivan’s report here:

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Doctor Who Party and Vegan TOMS shoes painted by Hase


TOMS VEGAN SHOES**Art by HASE** Hase’s contact info: hase10@live.com

My 6 year old daughter is a huge fan of Doctor Who.  And for her birthday, she asked to have a “Doctor Who” party at the local ice-skating rink.  I bought some Doctor Who decorations, made vegan Doctor Who cupcakes, and some dark chocolate Tardises and Daleks.  I also served some vegan hot dogs, hummus, chips, fruits, etc.


My daughter was so happy and she said that it was “the best party ever”, which made me happy.

One of the birthday presents she got from me were some vegan TOMS shoes which I had sent to my friend, Hase, so he could paint on them.  And this is what he came up with:


Art by the talented HASE.

My daughter LOVES these shoes.  And, if you would like some customized kicks, send him an email: hase10@live.com.


Art by Hase. Contact info: hase10@live.com


Raw Vegan Pesto Pizza

Raw Vegan Pesto

Raw Vegan Pesto

A few weeks ago, I enjoyed some delicious raw vegan food at this awesome vegan restaurant in Columbia, South Carolina called “THE GOOD LIFE CAFE”  and they served up some amazing raw vegan meals!  We ordered raw stuffed mushrooms, raw pizza, raw cinnamon  rolls, raw noodles, raw parfait, and raw tacos.  After that visit, I have come to the conclusion that The Good Life Cafe is now one of my most favorite restaurants.  Everything was so delicious and flavorful!

The Good Life Cafe

The Good Life Cafe


The Good Life Cafe


Raw vegan tacos with salad


Asian Noodle salad (kelp and squash noodles)


Raw vegan pizza with fruit salad


I have been thinking so much about their food so last night I decided I was going to make some raw vegan pizzas!


Pizza crust:

(Click here for pizza crust directions)

Pesto Sauce:

  • 1.5 cups of fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup of chopped zucchini
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of pine nuts
  • salt to taste

Directions:  Blend/process all pesto sauce ingredients together and set aside.


Raw Parmesan:

  • 1/3 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup of raw cashews
  • salt to taste

Directions: Process together and set aside.

Raw Parm

Raw Parm

Mushroom topping:

  • 7 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons of liquid aminos
  • 3 tablespoons of cold pressed olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 2 large shiitake mushrooms


  1. Dust mushrooms off.
  2. Thinly slice mushrooms.
  3. Mix apple cider vinegar, liquid aminos, garlic powder, and olive oil together.
  4. Pour over the sliced mushrooms.
  5. Marinate the mushrooms for 15 minutes.
  6. Dehydrate for about 30 to 45 minutes.


Okay, now you are ready to build your pizza!

  1. Prepare veggies (slice tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, etc.)
  2. Spread pesto sauce on your crust.
  3. Layer your toppings.
  4. Sprinkle parmesan on top.
  5. Enjoy!


Raw Vegan Pesto Pizza

Raw Vegan Pesto Pizza

I really enjoyed this pesto pizza.  I love pesto and it went great with the crust, veggies, and the tangy mushrooms!

Raw Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches

Raw Vegan Ice Cream SandwichesI made some raw-vegan “cookies” the other day and I thought it would be fun to make some raw-vegan “ice cream” sandwiches with them.

I have a few “ice cream” recipes, but for these “sandwiches” I kept it really simple.


  • 2 peeled and frozen bananas
  • 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla


  1. Blend the ingredients your Vitamix or food processor.
  2. Make “ice cream” sandwiches.
  3. Enjoy!


Raw Vegan Carrot Cake with Vanilla-Walnut Frosting

Raw Vegan Carrot Cake with Vanilla-Walnut Frosting

Raw vegan carrot cake patties with vanilla-walnut frosting dip.

I love “juicing” but “juicing” comes with a lot of pulp.  I hate to waste food, so when I’m not composting the  pulp, I like to make treats for us.  I have made dog treats for my furry babies, raw-vegan “cookies“, soups, etc.  Today I felt like having carrot cake.  So I googled some recipes and I found this raw vegan carrot cake cookie recipe (click on the link below). I used the recipe from rawglow.com to make my “cake” but added a few things: Please click here to learn how to make the “batter”.  http://rawglow.com/blog/2010/01/12/no-nut-carrot-pulp-raw-food-dehydrated-cookies/ Note:  I added 1/4 cup of blended fresh pineapple and a couple of pinches of nutmeg.  I also used ground flax seeds instead of chia seeds.  I also didn’t make “cookies”.  Instead, I molded them into thick patties (about 3/4 of an inch thick).  I also dehydrated them for about 11 hours. 

Raw Vegan Carrot Cake with Vanilla-Walnut Frosting

Raw vegan carrot cake patty with vanilla-walnut frosting and shredded coconut.

Frosting ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of walnuts
  • 1/3 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 10 medjool dates
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • pinch of salt

Directions:  Blend all of the frosting ingredients together and refrigerate.   Raw Vegan Carrot Cake with Vanilla-Walnut FrostingMy daughter and I enjoy these very much.  I can have carrot cake anytime and as much as I want without any guilt!

Raw Vegan “milk and super cookies”


Raw vegan goji berry/cacao "cookie".


I usually don’t like buying cookies from the store because they are usually pretty unhealthy.    So, I like to make this version of “milk and cookies” to give to my family.  They are healthy, filling, and yummy!

Here is what you will need:

For Cookies:

  • A dehydrator
  • 1 cup of raw almonds (soaked over night)
  • 10 medjool dates (soaked over night)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3 tablespoons of raw cacao
  • 1/4 cup of goji Berries
  • 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup sesame Seeds
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of old-pressed coconut oil
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of raw agave or maple syrup


Raw vegan goji berry/cacao "cookie"


Directions for “cookie”:

  1. Drain the water out of your soaking dates and almonds.
  2. Throw dates, almonds, banana, vanilla, cacao, coconut oil, ground flax, salt, and agave (optional) in a food processor.  Blend all together until it is a paste.  Note, if your mixture is still too dry, you can add a few tablespoons of water and blend it some more.
  3. Shape into cookies (less than a half of an inch thick) and dip in sesame seeds.
  4. Place in the dehydrator and dehydrate for 12 hours.
  5. Enjoy!


Raw vegan goji berry/cacao "cookie".

That is my daughter’s hand. She loves these cookies!

For Hemp “milk”

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2.5 to 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds
  • 3 dates
  • 1 drop of vanilla

Directions for “milk”:

  1. Place hemp seeds, dates, and water in your Vitamix or other high-powered blender.
  2. Blend for a minute or two until it is really smooth.  Note:  you can strain the hemp seed pulp if you would like, but mine is usually really smooth and I am too lazy to strain it out.
  3. Enjoy with cookies!
Raw Vegan Hemp Milk

Raw Vegan Hemp Milk