The park, however, celebrated the successful release of JJ the grey whale, after they took the ailing animal in and helped her to recover. Wolf followed both stories closely when he was young, and described JJ's release as downright irresponsible. "The lack of a tracker or follow-up plan," he said, "meant that SeaWorld could wash their hands of the issue, call JJ's release a success, and nobody would be able to prove otherwise. At least we knew what happened to Keiko," he said.
The duo's artwork has earned the admiration of Visser. "They do the background research, check the facts and create accurate work that people can understand," she said. "The public is looking for information that they can trust and this is exactly that. I've been impressed with the number of shares, ‘likes' and discussions arising from their work and I'd encourage them to do more."
Harrison collaborated with Visser on a series of rake maps detailing the injuries to a young wild-caught orca, Morgan, being held at Loro Parque in Spain. In the hope that Morgan's freedom could be secured, Visser used the maps as part of her report and testimony to a Dutch court. Harrison and Wolf have every intention of pressing forward with their message.
Wolf, who attends Purdue University, wants to continue his career in environmental and biological sciences and step up activity for cetaceans on the public scene. Harrison, meanwhile, who has no formal training in the arts, has been posting his artwork at DeviantArt.com for more than a decade. Keen to pursue a background in marine biology or the arts, he is at work on other pieces.
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