Posted 1 month ago

electricnik:

Anybody know which ‘Shamu’?

Kenau

Posted 1 month ago

seaworld-secrets:

caong:

betheirvoiceseathechange:

Here is another video of a Risso’s dolphin (I believe) at Kamogawa SeaWorld literally jumping out of its tank and landing on the concrete in front of the guests seating. These abnormal behaviors are not limited to killer whales, but all cetaceans.

Isn’t it a pseudorca? Regardless, it’s not difficult to find cases cetaceans of all kinds jumping out of their tanks. And it’s not just limited to wild caught animals either, captive born individuals have done the same thing.

Kotar did that too

Caong is right, this was a false killer whale at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, not Kamogawa. 

Kotar did it, Hudson did it, numerous dolphins have done it…..

Posted 1 month ago
teamorkid:

fightingforwhales:

shitprocapssay:

"We don’t even know if there was a bond between Kalina and Skyla.Some whales give birth, and then after the young one is grown, can be trained on their own, no need for mom, they literally become nothing more then pod mates.”

this just in: mother orcas actually don’t like their children

Nope, mother orcas only like their trainers and guests

"Separations are extremely cruel and can lead whales to injure themselves or become severely depressed. “For example, during the course of our investigation we learned the story of a killer whale who became distraught when her daughter Skyla as shipped to another park,”.
Kalina “broke open her face,” suffering lacerations from banging into the gate separating her from her baby, who was only two years of age at the time. At the same moment, Skyla was being harnessed and craned out of the pool. According to our sources, Kalina and other whales can stop eating and “shut down” due to the trauma of these unnatural separations, and may even be put on diazepam (valium) in an attempt to ease the stress”.
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teamorkid:

fightingforwhales:

shitprocapssay:

"We don’t even know if there was a bond between Kalina and Skyla.
Some whales give birth, and then after the young one is grown, can be trained on their own, no need for mom, they literally become nothing more then pod mates.”

this just in: mother orcas actually don’t like their children

Nope, mother orcas only like their trainers and guests

"Separations are extremely cruel and can lead whales to injure themselves or become severely depressed. “For example, during the course of our investigation we learned the story of a killer whale who became distraught when her daughter Skyla as shipped to another park,”.

Kalina “broke open her face,” suffering lacerations from banging into the gate separating her from her baby, who was only two years of age at the time. At the same moment, Skyla was being harnessed and craned out of the pool. According to our sources, Kalina and other whales can stop eating and “shut down” due to the trauma of these unnatural separations, and may even be put on diazepam (valium) in an attempt to ease the stress”.

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Posted 1 month ago

sofuckingbeautifulbaby:

Two chimps at a sanctuary being introduced to adults for the first time since their parents were killed by poachers.

Not orcas but too sweet not to share. 

Posted 1 month ago

vandawn71:

theincredibleorca:

A researcher tries to comfort a stranded whale. The whale could not be saved and it died.

Source: “Orca: The Whale Called Killer” by Eric Hoyt

Well that sucks 😢

This was T15, an adult male that stranded while hunting a harbor porpoise off Tofino, BC. The man with him is researcher Jim Darling.

Posted 2 months ago
i am going to san juan island this summer. do you know a good company to go whale watching with?
Anonymous asked

dreams-of-whales:

Hi nonny! You bet! I know several captains and naturalists that live on and run tours from San Juan Island.

Maya’s Westside Charters – Captain Jim Maya runs out of Snug Harbor on the westside of San Juan Island and has been a long time captain. He is awesome! His boat, The Peregrine, has great range and Jim is a wonderful captain.

Western Prince – owned and operated by Captain Ivan Reiff, this company is great. They have two different vessels (one a rigid-hull zodiac, the other a larger boat) and run both during the summer. They are knowledgeable and fun!

San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife Tours – Captain Hobbes is awesome and he takes out small groups on his boat, The Natsilane. He’s a really nice guy and very knowledgeable about the whales and wildlife you’ll be seeing.

You can find all three on facebook with their contact information. There are several other companies, but those are my top three out of San Juan Island. Make sure to book well in advance too—-they fill up fast (especially Jim’s boat!). 

If you’re willing to cross the Haro Straight, Eagle Wing Tours are a great choice. They donate a percentage of their profits to salmon restoration projects and to the Center for Whale Research. They are also one of the only companies to be carbon neutral and have boats fitted with noise reducing engines. 

Posted 2 months ago

http://www.conservation-careers.com/

So, I guess a lot pf people will be leaving school / college / university at the moment and will be looking for a job in conservation.

I suggest looking at this site, which lists all the different conservation groups who are hiring right now. It currently lists nearly 600 jobs worldwide (55 of them marine related). 

It also has volunteer positions for people who have no specialist education / training, but still want to help out. 

Posted 2 months ago

darling-taima:

It’s called ‘SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment’

Not ‘SeaWorld Education and Conservation’

Wow haha that’s the exact statement (literally word for word) that got me banned from SW’s Facebook pages when I was arguing with a pro cap who was defending SW because of their rescue program. 

Posted 2 months ago

youresuchatwat:

ragemorefortheworld:

aaronblogswhales:

ragemorefortheworld:

ragemorefortheworld:

marinelandcanada101:

ragemorefortheworld:

marinelandcanada101:

Kiska and Ikaika by Jennifer Stuber on Flickr.

Why did seaworld send a 4 year old calf to be company for Kiska? He looks like her baby!

Actually MarineLand chose Ikaika, SeaWorld didn’t send him.

Why though?

It just seems odd to take such a young whale from its family.

He was moved because his mother had a calf to deal with and because of the presence of him and his older brother, that made her incapable of caring the calf to her full potential.

It was a move that was needed, as she went back to her maternal state once they moved.

I won’t go into animal feelings and emotions, because I shouldn’t apply that onto the animal as I don’t know what they feel. However I do know the young boy pictured here adjusted quite well with Kiska’s daughter when he first arrived. And as I said before the mother went back to doing her motherly duties. Whether the animals exhibited disturbing behaviours, as much as I knows is unknown.

I wonder why a 4 year old calf would still want attention from its mother? Could it be because at 4, a full decade away from young adulthood, he was still a baby himself?

^^^^

Is it me or does Kiska look really cut up in that picture?  

"Actually MarineLand chose Ikaika, SeaWorld didn’t send him."

Actually, Marineland turned down the first four whales SeaWorld offered them "for health reasons".

Ikaika is sexually aggressive (even to newborn calves), has chronic dental issues meaning he is on constant medication, was four years old at the time of the transfer (MLC would have to wait at least 6-7 years before even thinking about breeding him) and has had “incidents” with trainers. (see above article)

And he was considered the best option. 

Think about that.

Posted 2 months ago

behind-the-aquarium-glass:

Yesterday I was in All-Russian Exhibition Center and did some photos of orca’s tanks and oceanarium.

At first I came to the hangars (on 1st pic) and I don’t heard screams or something. Only when I came close to the fence, I heard the sound of one big splash. I was able to take a picture under the fence (2nd pic): all you can see is a side of iron tank and a warning sheet which says: “Video observation is conducted. Photo and video is prohibited.” I think this warning is for marine mammal trainers and other people, who work here.

On the next two pics you can see aquarium under construction and this looks so small. On 5 and 6 pic internal side of arena (or i don’t know how to call this: seats for visitors or etc) is noticeable and I think there will be orcas or other cetaceans in the near future. On last pic we can roughly calculate how long show pool can be. Approximate area of the whole oceanarium is 100-105m x 70-75m.

Ask me if you have questions.

Posted 2 months ago

electricnik:

Four ‘Shamus’, can anybody identify these whales, though the two at the back are going to be a bit more difficult.

Front to back - kandu V, kasatka, katina and kenau

Posted 2 months ago

youresuchatwat:

betheirvoiceseathechange:

youresuchatwat:

sayonaraseaworld:

Have you seen my baby?

Our missing posters!  We’re trying to work through a carton of milk to put these on and it’s slooooow going.  

OH MYGOD I LOVETHEM!!! I’m sorry I was crazy busy I didn’t even have time to get on tumblr from my computer! I’m still gonna post them up hopefully in Orlando???
youresuchatwat sayonaraseaworld

Eeeeeeee, I’m so excited to see them!

Posted 2 months ago
youresuchatwat:

freeoceanus:

einer-will-immer-mehr:

Ok seriously, I always see these photos where it looks like the orcas have a natural enviroment and stones around their tanks etc. Can someone explain where these are taken?

I think that could be Marineland Canada but I really don’t know.

I think that’s SWF.  That looks like the DWS pool.  

Yep, SeaWorld Orlando - it’s Dawn and Taku.

youresuchatwat:

freeoceanus:

einer-will-immer-mehr:

Ok seriously, I always see these photos where it looks like the orcas have a natural enviroment and stones around their tanks etc. Can someone explain where these are taken?

I think that could be Marineland Canada but I really don’t know.

I think that’s SWF.  That looks like the DWS pool.  

Yep, SeaWorld Orlando - it’s Dawn and Taku.

Posted 2 months ago

Orca sighting off Caithness solves scientific riddle

Its long been known by researchers, but now its actually been proven that the Iceland orca populations territory extends all the way to Scotland.

Posted 2 months ago

Marine Connection

A woman had to have emergency dental treatment after being hit in the face by a dolphin during a swim-with-dolphins interaction session in the Cayman islands..