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scottish-orca:

The link between Icelandic and Northern Isles Pods- and what that might mean for Keiko

A theory by darling-taima and stumpytheorca

Keiko was captured off Reyðarfjörður, Iceland. There is no documentation of when this capture was due to ‘hiding’, a common practise so that capture limits would not be gone over. You probably know this already so why are we telling you again? Well…

In finding out about the Northern Isles orca range, we were surprised to find they have quite a large range. 8 individuals from the Pod were sighted in Icelandic waters near Reyðarfjörður- where Keiko was captured- and Vestmannaeyjar- where Keiko’s sea pen was located. The study was conducted around the times he was there. 

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In this graph you can see the 8 individuals (blue diamonds) from the Northern Isles (Yellow triangles) who have links and associate both with East Icelandic Orca (red cubes) and some Vestmannaejar orca (green triangles).

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To go with the above graph, it is possible more northern isles orca were/are present in iceland but to make results fair only left side photos are used. 

Work was done to try and find Keiko’s family in 1999-2001. Two former SeaWorld trainers were hired to do fieldwork on ID-ing, biopsies on wild orca DNA samples gathered and studying their dialect, but no matches were found. DNA matches between some members of icelandic pods and northern isles have also been found to contain mostly the same makeup. Meaning a divergence between populations could be less than 15 generations back.

But back to Keiko. He only had ‘walks’ out of his bay pen during the summer months where he interacted with wild orca during summer of 2001. In the summer of 2002, Keiko left the bay pen for 15 days and he was observed around Iceland before returning to the pen for one last time on July 8th then swam back out. He then began his 1,000 mile journey across the North Atlantic.

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This is Keiko’s line of travel (dots) and the NI orca confirmed range underneath in areas A,B,C,D and E.  Circled are the areas thought to contain schools of herring. 

What if Keiko’s matriarch line was never found by researchers because they were only there for a few short months of the year (September- November and in such small numbers)? Northern Isles orca spend their summer months in the Northern Isles hunting seals, could this be why Keiko took off east to Norway trying to find his home? He was captured at 2-4 years old, not leaving much to remember and he would not have migrated the route in over 22 years. It is possible that he only remembered the vague direction hence his journey to Norway.


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And in regards to his possible family? Well, we also have a theory for this too! This is 012. There have been confirmed sightings of her in 1995/2007 off the coast of Iceland. She is almost always sighted with 013 - whom due to the son never leaving the mother’s side, it is highly possible they are related. The rest of their pod with confirmed sightings in Iceland are  019 (Mousa) 021, 062 (Hulk).

012 could possibly be Keiko’s mother/grandmother/sister, and 013 a relation as well. 

Sources:

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Image Sources:
Keiko   013
please note this guys, this is just a fun theory- it is heavily researched and a lot of co-incidences cropped up hence this very long post and sources, but please don’t take it for fact! 

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NY "Blackfish"€ Bill To Ban Captive Orcas Approved By Senate Committee

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To me this seems like fantastic news! I’m curious as to what others think of it though!

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VOTING TIME

dreams-of-whales:

Okay all, I’ve finally finished a couple of projects and it’s time to line up a first round of posters! I’m currently working on two—-Mega and Stumpy—-but I want to line up one or two more for this first go. 

That’s where you guys come in! 

I’ve created a survey for round 1 with the twenty five whales that were requested. Broken down into groups of five all I want is you to choose one whale from each group. It’ll be open until Tuesday at noon Pacific. I’ll put a second survey then to pick one out of the top five.

If you don’t see a whale you’d like on this shoot me a note and I’ll add it to the list for round 2! Feel free to share this survey if you like. The more the merrier!

Hello yes vote Granny please?

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Anonymous asked: Hi! Just saw the post you posted yesterday about Keiko. I saw people bashing people who meant his freedom was a failure. I won't say I agree it was a failure. But it wasn't a success either. He got lost from his pack, and somehow came to the fjord I live in in Norway. Since he wasn't able to catch his own feed or find his way home(this because of his years i capativity) they had to put him down there.. Don't exactly speak success to me, but people love a happy ending. (love your blog though!)

fightingforwhales:

Well, you’re not exactly right.

Keiko never stayed with one family of orcas, so he never really got “lost” from them.

When Keiko went to Norway, his caretakers simply packed up their stuff and went with him. Keiko was the one calling the shots. He chose to stay in Norway. And he DID feed himself on his trip because he was the same weight when he arrived as when he left Iceland. His movement also showed that he probably made diversions from his path to follow schools of fish.

Keiko was not put down. He died a natural death from pneumonia, which is a common cause of death in both captive and wild orcas.

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fightingforwhales:

I was watching Keiko: The Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy when they showed this clip of Keiko swimming with a pod of wild orcas in Iceland.
It just makes me so happy knowing that he was finally able experience the life that he was supposed to live. 
He went from a sickly, underweight orca who floated around in a nasty shallow pool in Mexico City to a robust whale who interacted with wild orcas and played in the stormy waters of Iceland. 

fightingforwhales:

I was watching Keiko: The Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy when they showed this clip of Keiko swimming with a pod of wild orcas in Iceland.

It just makes me so happy knowing that he was finally able experience the life that he was supposed to live. 

He went from a sickly, underweight orca who floated around in a nasty shallow pool in Mexico City to a robust whale who interacted with wild orcas and played in the stormy waters of Iceland. 

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pinkcloudturnedtogrey:

Lolita’s reaction when hearing a recording of her family vocalizing. 

Lolita has lived in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium for 43 years. Many people are refusing to give up hope and are still fighting for Lolita’s freedom and her reunion with her family. 

Sjfhd I didin’t know someone managed to play her family’s singing for her. :(

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freedomfororcas:


Meet Lolita.

She is Miami Seaquarium’s biggest attraction, and has performed for over forty years in America’s smallest orca tank.
Originally named Tokitae, she was captured in August 1970 during the infamous Penn Cove round ups. It was during this time that the Southern Resident orcas were decimated. Many orcas drowned during this ordeal, and many more were taken from the vulnerable population to stock captive tanks. Marine parks such as SeaWorld hired men to capture these orcas using any methods necessary. 
Explosives and guns were used to corral the animals into a small inlet. Lolita and 7 other orcas were captured and sold to marine parks around the world.
Today, she is the only survivor.
After being sold to Miami Seaquarium, she was renamed Lolita, and she was housed alone until 1972 when she was joined by a male named Hugo.
The two performed for nearly ten years when, possibly out of frustration, Hugo began injuring himself deliberately on the tank walls. He would constantly bash his head, at one point severing his rostrum so badly that it had to be sewn back together.
In 1980, Hugo died from a brain aneurysm due to blunt force.
Since then, Lolita has been without same-species companionship for 43 years.
What’s the plan?
A dedicated movement has been growing over the years to retire Lolita to her home waters off the coast of Washington State. You can read all about that plan here.
Lolita would be flown to Kanaka Bay, where her seapen is already waiting. Her rehabilitation would be slow and steady - at Lolita’s pace. The location is ideal - a secluded inlet away from boat traffic and people so she would not be harassed.
One key aspect of this plan is that Lolita’s family is still alive. She was captured from the Southern Residents - one of the most studied group of orcas in the entire world. Her family is well-documented, and her mother, Ocean Sun, is still alive.
If her rehabilitation does not go according to plan, the contingency plan kicks in. Lolita would be cared for in her seapen where she can live out her life in peace, free from performing for tourists, away from loud and deafening music and no longer having to beg for her meals.
What can you do?
There are many ways you can help Lolita see her home waters, and her mother again.
Petitions:• Demand Lolita’s Retirement.• Urge NMFS To Include Lolita in the ESA.Donate:• Animal Legal Defence Fund - currently fighting for Lolita in court!• Orca Network - a strong campaigner for Lolita’s retirement!
Take Action!Above contains more information on ways you can help - such as emailing APHIS about multiple safety violations outlined in the above link.
Finally, get involved in online communities to stay updated on Lolita’s case.
Free Lolita the Orca!Freedom For LolitaSave Lolita
Share this video with friends!
The fight for Lolita’s retirement is starting to make progress - the most we’ve seen in a long time! With your voice, we can get her back home and amongst her own kind - where she belongs.
[Other Orcas: Kshamenk]

freedomfororcas:

Meet Lolita.

She is Miami Seaquarium’s biggest attraction, and has performed for over forty years in America’s smallest orca tank.

Originally named Tokitae, she was captured in August 1970 during the infamous Penn Cove round ups. It was during this time that the Southern Resident orcas were decimated. Many orcas drowned during this ordeal, and many more were taken from the vulnerable population to stock captive tanks. Marine parks such as SeaWorld hired men to capture these orcas using any methods necessary. 

Explosives and guns were used to corral the animals into a small inlet. Lolita and 7 other orcas were captured and sold to marine parks around the world.

Today, she is the only survivor.

After being sold to Miami Seaquarium, she was renamed Lolita, and she was housed alone until 1972 when she was joined by a male named Hugo.

The two performed for nearly ten years when, possibly out of frustration, Hugo began injuring himself deliberately on the tank walls. He would constantly bash his head, at one point severing his rostrum so badly that it had to be sewn back together.

In 1980, Hugo died from a brain aneurysm due to blunt force.

Since then, Lolita has been without same-species companionship for 43 years.

What’s the plan?

A dedicated movement has been growing over the years to retire Lolita to her home waters off the coast of Washington State. You can read all about that plan here.

Lolita would be flown to Kanaka Bay, where her seapen is already waiting. Her rehabilitation would be slow and steady - at Lolita’s pace. The location is ideal - a secluded inlet away from boat traffic and people so she would not be harassed.

One key aspect of this plan is that Lolita’s family is still alive. She was captured from the Southern Residents - one of the most studied group of orcas in the entire world. Her family is well-documented, and her mother, Ocean Sun, is still alive.

If her rehabilitation does not go according to plan, the contingency plan kicks in. Lolita would be cared for in her seapen where she can live out her life in peace, free from performing for tourists, away from loud and deafening music and no longer having to beg for her meals.

What can you do?

There are many ways you can help Lolita see her home waters, and her mother again.

Petitions:
Demand Lolita’s Retirement.
Urge NMFS To Include Lolita in the ESA.

Donate:
Animal Legal Defence Fund - currently fighting for Lolita in court!
Orca Network - a strong campaigner for Lolita’s retirement!

Take Action!
Above contains more information on ways you can help - such as emailing APHIS about multiple safety violations outlined in the above link.

Finally, get involved in online communities to stay updated on Lolita’s case.

Free Lolita the Orca!
Freedom For Lolita
Save Lolita

Share this video with friends!

The fight for Lolita’s retirement is starting to make progress - the most we’ve seen in a long time! With your voice, we can get her back home and amongst her own kind - where she belongs.

[Other Orcas: Kshamenk]

(via fightingforwhales)

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