Posts tagged orcas
Posts tagged orcas
'A Californian congressmen has just introduced a law to make it illegal to keep orcas in captivity. This could change everything — but SeaWorld is already mounting a vicious campaign to defeat this congressman's brave move. We need to tell the State of California that the public won't accept SeaWorld's imprisonment of orcas any longer.'
Enact the Orca Welfare and Safety Act to make it illegal to hold orcas in captivity for performance or entertainment purposessign this petition
Picture 1: Morgan is rammed by two other female orcas Kohana and Skyla.
Picture 2: Morgan (on the right) spyhops in an effort to avoid being raked by Kohana. She does not succeed and suffers deep rakes.
Picture 3: Like many other captive orcas Morgan chews on the edges of her concrete pool out of boredom and stress. This will result in her teeth breaking. Some captive orcas have lost most of their teeth due to this.
She needs to get out of this hell hole.
Meet: The Australian Whales.
These orca belong to a pod estimated to contain approximately 20-30 animals that appear off the south west coast of Australia. Little is known about the pod, as their discovery is recent, and it is the first time any stable group of orca have been known to frequent the same area within Australian waters.
They have been seen feeding on fish and squid, and appear to return to the same area in the summer for breeding and rearing young. It seems researchers may have stumbled upon the closest thing to a resident pod Australia has ever seen.
They have been documented at times to have the yellowish tinge to their white patches, suggesting they also frequent the waters of Antarctica.
Now that we are aware of the pods existence, it is hoped that we may develop an ID catalogue and begin to properly understand these whales. Footage, including underwater shots and vocalizations can be seen and heard in the new ABC documentary, The Search For The Ocean’s Super Predator.
I love this! Look at that calf!
Awwww look at their little dorsal fins :)
the result of Morgan’s teeth since she was imprisoned in captivity
This kind of deterioration of a healthy killer whale’s teeth is not normal in the wild (in fish-eating populations). The fact that, in just two short years, her teeth have been worn down to almost the gum is just horrible. Tooth grinding is normally a symptom of stress or anxiety.
Found this beauty today.
“Rawr imma killur whale”
LIFE-LIKE REPLICA DOLPHIN would like to be friends.
WHAT PITS OF HELL DID THESE THINGS COME FROM
a rather good one that a friend of mine owns..
I’m terrified by the amount of horrifying cetacean models that exist in this world.
I find this picture funny because this looks like something I would draw to avoid drawing tail flukes
(Tail flukes have long given me Grief)
Keiko playing with one of the crabs in his tank.
Keiko’s tank in Oregon was made as natural as possible to prepare him for the ocean, so small sea animals like crabs was put in the tank.
Not having seen a crab during all his years in captivity in Canada and Mexico this was very new and exciting to Keiko and he would often pick up the crabs in his mouth and swim around with them. Never once did any of his trainers witness him killing a crab, in fact he was very gentle and careful with them.
This is a good example of how orcas know their own strength.
Tilikum’s teeth or lack there of.
Is this really something to be upset over when it’s a common occurrence in the wild?
Pretty sure whales in the wild don’t become so bored and frustrated that they break their teeth on steel bars and chew on concrete…Or are you referring to the natural wearing of teeth on some offshore orcas who eat rough-skinned sharks? In either case, I’d like some evidence for your claim that this is “common” in the wild…
This does NOT happen in the wild. Tilikum’s teeth are broken down from years of chewing on concrete and metal. The only wild orca I’ve heard of with such extensive tooth damage are those of populations feeding on rough-skinned elasmobranchs, and specimens that do exhibit tooth damage to a similar extent are generally in their fifties. Tilikum isn’t even 35 yet. To top that off, you have animals like Makaio and Nalani who have severe tooth damage when they’re not even in the double digits. For someone who hates misinformation so much, you’re spreading around a lot of it here.
via Russian Orcas:
For several years we have collaborated with a scientific group that studies behavioural lateralization. The best known example of lateralization is right- and left-handedness in humans. Also it is known that many mothers prefer to carry their babies on the left arm. As most people are right-handed, scientists suppose that mothers adapted to carrying their babies on their left arm to leave their right hand free for other work. To test this hypothesis, Karina Karenina (PhD student at St. Petersburg State University) decided to check if lateralization occurs in mother-infant contacts in animals that don’t have hands.
To study lateralization in orcas, she joined our team to observe the lateralized behavior of mothers and calves. The position of the calf on the right or left side of its mother was recorded. The research boat position (distance to whales and if it was stationary or moving) was also considered to detect its possible influence on orca behaviour.
As a result, we found that calves preferred to keep their mothers on their left side, but if the boat came too close, mother took over and moved to the calf’s right side, to keep the calf on her left side. Karina also found left-side lateralization of mother-infant contacts in other species, including beluga whales, horses, kangaroos and saiga antelopes. Probably it has something to do with the lateralization of social functions in animal (including human) brains.
The results of our joint work are published here:
Meet K-20- Spock
A female orca born in 1986 she is a part of the K11 matriline. Assumed male because of her straight tall dorsal until she had a son, Comet (K-38) in 2004. I’m hoping one day to adopt her through the Whale Museum as i really like her backstory on how she was mis-identified till she had a calf! Makes for her name being even more epic.
Southern Resident Orca- Look at that amazing saddle though!
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Ishmael was a young male orca from J or L pod, captured in Yukon Harbor, WA in 1968. He was nearly 17 feet long, and weighed roughly 5,500 lbs. Ishmael was not imprisoned by a marine park, but by the US Navy as a part of Project Deep Ops. On October 22nd 1968, he was sent to Point Mugu and housed in a 50 foot diameter tank. On May 19th 1969, he was transferred into a floating pen anchored in the lagoon which was 40x60 feet. According to reports, he was disoriented and took 5 days to get used to his new home. Part of his training included allowing handling, responding to a buzzer, retrieving toys, swimming through a 10x10 foot gate, holding his breath and exhaling on acoustic command, and following a 9 foot skiff boat.
On December 8th 1969, the Navy released Ishmael into the lagoon for the first time. He was unsure of what to do with his new found space, and attempted to retreat back to the floating pen. On January 8th 1970, Ishmael was transported to Hawaii to work with Project Deep Ops. In February 1971, just two years and four months after his capture, Ishmael was able to escape from the Navy off the coast of Oahu during an open-ocean training exercise. His radio tag failed, so no follow ups were successful.
Documentary distributor Dogwoof, which acquired “Blackfish” in 2013, has announced that they have closed a multi-territory sales deal with NBCUniversal.
What this means is that “Blackfish” will soon be arriving in Asia, Italy, Portugal, central and eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and Latin America! Woohoo!
This is excellent news since it will allow Tilikum’s story to spread to nearly every corner of the Earth and hopefully inspire many viewers to boycott marine park facilities and speak up in support of true orca conservation.
No orcas at the Olympics, and no dolphin!