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 and its animals.
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.
It is the goal and practice of Ceta-Base to gather, analyze and interpret data through our own professional experience resulting from years of research. This standard sets Ceta-Base apart from other database and inventory websites available online today.
As part of our 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 staff of Ceta-Base does have their own opinions about captive marine mammals the website is not meant to be a forum for either a pro-captivity or anti-captivity debate. Because Ceta-Base operates from a neutral platform, we consult and provide information to all organizations regardless of affiliation. This does not imply endorsement of those organizations.
The staff 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. Your patience and understanding is appreciated when dealing with typos or other data that may be incorrect. Submitted information may be subject to independent verification or put on hold by request. If this is the case submissions may not appear on the website immediately.
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.
Ceta-Base is managed by a small group of dedicated staff who donate their time and resources to the project. Most of our Board have been with the website since its inception in 2006.
Director | Shannon “CB” Cremeans
Shannon’s interest in the industry beginning as a regular visitor to marine parks in the early 1990’s and then as a marine mammal trainer from 2000-2005. Since 2006 she has managed the Ceta-Base website as its long-time administrator who you may more commonly know as “CB”. Currently she works in the environmental sector with a focus on environmental impact as it applies to protected marine species. She has a background in Anthropolgy (B.A.) and Environmental Science (B.S.) with a focus in Fish & Wildlife Management in the former. firstname.lastname@example.org
Research | Carrie Putnam
Carrie has been a regular contributor and researcher for Ceta Base for several years. Her love of marine mammals began as a small child when she read everything she could about them. She also visited marine parks in Texas and Florida. Although she now lives far from the coast she has never stopped reading or learning about captive marine life. She has kept up with the latest research and networked with both trainers and marine park regulars to feed this passion for information. She has contributed to Ceta Base heavily over the years through gathering and correlating data on marine mammals in captivity. email@example.com
Research | Teresa “Ruka” Micheletti
Teresa became interested in marine mammals in the late 1990’s through a variety of sources including regular visits to SeaWorld. She was also active in various online forums dedicated to the topic. She is an accomplished photographer and has paired together her love of marine mammals with this hobby. Teresa has cared for both domestic and exotic species of animals over the years as well as volunteered extensively. She hopes to share her experiences with others to educate and inspire those who may not have access to the same opportunities. firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary | Rebecca Weaver
Rebecca is currently a graduate student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio obtaining her Master’s Degree in Conservation Biology. As a Project Dragonfly student, she’s involved with inquiry-driven education, environmental stewardship, and community-based conservation efforts. She is a Certified Nonprofit Professional with experience in youth leadership development, community outreach, and environmental education. Rebecca specializes in nonprofit management, biodiversity monitoring, and program development. In addition to these skills, she also works as a contractor providing environmental mitigation & protected species monitoring for clients specializing in the exploration of natural resources in marine environments. email@example.com
I.T. & Tech | Steven Zerbe
Steven has been involved with Ceta-Base from the beginning providing tech support and hosting for the original “Phin’ventory” site.
Ceta-Base is dedicated to compiling the most extensive global record of whales, dolphins, porpoises and other marine mammals in captivity around the world. It is our goal to provide both current and historical documentation on captive marine mammals and to maintain access to that information through the website, cetabase.org. In addition to the website, Ceta-Base will administrate social media and author publications for distribution that further this goal.
The organization will provide access to this information while maintaining data in a relevant and easily accessible format for the general public, scientists, advocacy groups and interested individuals.
Our objectives involve:
- Compilation of the most comprehensive electronic record of captive marine mammals in the world.
- The responsible, unbiased administration and maintenance of this record in a way that fosters accuracy.
- Ongoing research of past and current events in order to provide a more thorough understanding of the history and practice of marine mammal display.
- Data interpretation offering background knowledge and insight acquired over 15 years and 17,000 hours of research into the topic.
- Provisioning of the most current data available to interested parties or researchers, providing a platform for discussion of issues affecting captive marine mammals acquisition, transport and exchange, and welfare.
- Provide assistance, consultation and/or support to individuals, organizations or NGOs who share our vision of connection and conservation with captive cetaceans and who desire to further the protection of all cetaceans, wild or captive.
- Continual development of an active network of individuals who support the website and its objectives through the submission of information or pictures.
Ceta-Base serves both the scientific and general public by providing consultation and information in a responsive format. Our goal is to inform, inspire, and engage readers in a manner that benefits or advances the health and welfare of marine mammals.
Fostering conservation through connection.
It is the vision of Ceta-Base to inspire an appreciation of marine life both wild and captive. This vision is achieved by educating and encouraging the public to form connections to individuals through their life histories. These histories are maintained and presented through the public record found on our website and are essential to our mission. Our core values desire to foster conservation through curiosity and passion for marine mammals, captive or wild.