Underwater Love: Family Ties (& Happy New Year!)

Happy New Year! / Happy Holidays / Turkey / Memorial / Veterans / etc allllllllllll that jazz! šŸ™‚ Hope everyone out there is feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on this new year and everything it has in store!!

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2013 was a whirlwind and 2014 is already blowin’ up! I don’t know about the rest of you, but one of the major themes of 2013 for myself was the idea of “FAMiLY.” That idea has been a motivating force (both positive and negative) my whole life. This past year of being back in the Golden State was definitely sparked after some serious contemplation and decision-making…. in my more recent years I’ve become more interested in becoming a better daughter/sister/cousin/familymember. Cheesy, but true. I’ve spent more than my fair share of time states away from the roots that I’ve sprung from mainly because I’ve always felt that the roots that run deep are also the same roots that can strangle; it’s taken thousands of miles and many a moon for me to turn a new page and re-examine the priorities in my life. Armed with these ideas and desires, 2013 was more familyfacetime in one year than probably the last 4/5 years combined. Nuts, huh? All a part of growing up, I guess… šŸ˜‰

This idea of Family and most recently the HolicraZe brought on some of my favorite documentaries/current topics: Killer Whales. Many people may not know this, but Killer Whales are eXtremely family-oriented. These large mammals live human-span lives of aprox. 80-90s yrs, and while most American teens move out at 18, the Orca teens live forever by the side of their mother and father. Indeed, the whole clan live, travel, play, and hunt the whole world over together. Talk about “Keepin’ it in the Family” and “Rollin’ Deep[sea].” Peep out these awesome offerings to see what I’m talkin’ about:

This awesome documentary sheds light on the behavior and practices of these amazing animals, great place to get started. šŸ™‚

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This particular piece focuses on the experiences of one town where a young orca becomes stranded and how that small killer whale becomes a member of the towns’ family.

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What’s a good picture of something without seeing the good/bad/ugly, right? Sensitive souls might want to save this piece for last – it details the dangerous and questionable breeding practices of Sea World/theme parks when it comes to these majestic creatures. This one will get your heart rate and fist pumping if you’re anything like me. šŸ˜‰

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All are available on Netflix streaming at the moment – check ’em out before they’re gone!

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