Orca Hunting School is in Session
A group of female orcas teaching their calves how to hunt. The adults corralled and subdued a California sea lion, while the calves observed closely and imitated their mothers’ behaviour.
Photos by Alisa Schulman-Janiger and Jodi Frediani
As the tide turns against killer whale captivity Florida may be the next U.S state to phase it out completely!
The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and Representative Jared Moskowitz are renewing their call to ban orca captivity for entertainment purposes by reintroducing the Florida Orca Protection Act (HB 1305). The Act would ban the breeding and theatrical performances of killer whales in captivity, as well as prohibiting the movement of orcas in/out of the state. It was first introduced to the House of Representatives and the Natural Resources & Public Lands Subcommittee earlier this year, but it was never voted on due to SeaWorld’s intervention. The entertainment company strongly opposed the Act and had three lobbyists register to advocate against the bill, hounding representatives in the process. SeaWorld’s behaviour conflicts with their 2016 policy to cease their breeding programme and phase out killer whales at their parks. Once grounded in law, SeaWorld would be unable to reintroduce breeding which they may plan to do in the future. The Act would also impact Miami Seaquarium ensuring no killer whale suffers in its unlawful confines ever again. Let’s hope it becomes legislation!
#inktober2018 nr. 19: K42 Kelp, a young male born in 2008 and his mum K14 Lea. Kelp is Lea’s fifth calf, he has one brother K26 Lobo and a sister, K36 Yoda. I have already drawn Lea before but I was on the mood for drawing a mother and calf pair! The Southern Residents are starving to death before our eyes. We have to take action now; breach the dams, ban salmon fishing and stop the pipelines! Check out pnwprotectors.com, damsense.org and whaleresearch.com for more information on how you can help. This is up to us! #artistsoninstagram#killerwhale#orca#southernresidentkillerwhales#inktober#inkdrawing #
I don’t go to the parks a lot but my last trip I did see some aggressive-ish behavior with Kalia towards Nakai. These are some of the videos. You can see Kalia & Amaya pinching/nipping Nakai & pushing him. Nakai didn’t really make an effort to leave. He just kinda sat there. I’d love to hear what people have to say about it. From my perspective...I don’t like to see this behavior. It seems like a mixture of boredom & dominance display that is completely unprovoked. I do not see this as any form of play (from Nakais POV. Maybe to Amaya & Kalia it is?) but that might just be me. It very well could be play bc I’m not sure why Nakai would stay if it was aggressive behavior. All I know is that these videos show that there is a complex downside to captivity. Pls comment what you think is going on here, procap & anticaps. I’m interested in what each side has to say about this behavior. (I tagged @inherentlywild because I want to hear what they have to say about this & I value their opinion & discussion on this topic ) #seaworld#seaworldsandiego#orcas#killerwhale#blackfish
Las orcas viven en grupos y forman fuertes lazos sociales que duran toda su vida. Se distinguen a la distancia por la altura e imponente forma de sus aletas dorsales. La práctica de mantener a las orcas en cautiverio persiste a pesar de la creciente evidencia que muestra que alejar a estos increíbles animales de su hábitat natural es muy dañino y peligroso. Las orcas cautivas que están en parques acuáticos o acuarios sufren mucho estrés por las interacciones sociales forzadas; alimentación a base de pescado muerto y descongelado que priva de nutrientes y agua fresca, que tienen que ser repuestos de manera artificial; espacios pequeños, y por el agua tratada químicamente. Los síntomas de ese sufrimiento incluyen que su tiempo de vida se acorte drásticamente, el colapso de la aleta dorsal (hay pruebas que indican que las condiciones del cautiverio son responsables de una alta incidencia de aleta dorsal colapsada en esta población, incluyendo actividades como pasar períodos de tiempo anormalmente largos en la superficie bajo la luz solar directa y nadar constantemente en círculos pequeños-ver 2nda foto), problemas de reproducción, agresión entre ballenas y agresión contra seres humanos, problemas dentales severos, entre otros.
Si quieren ver en vivo a estos animales tan espectaculares, busquen maneras de verlos en el océano, donde pertenecen. NO apoyen el cautiverio de animales.
Primera foto tomada en Isla San Juan, Washington. Stanley, hermano mayor, supervisando al nuevo miembro del grupo (no se sabe el sexo todavía).
Stanley (T123A) checks out the humans on one of our open boats, Goldwing, as he and his family head west in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Distances and perspective can be very deceptive on the water. There is 220 metres between this whale and the boat.
Oct 12, Valerie Shore / Shorelines Photography @shorelinesnaturephotography
I’m not going to argue with myself any longer.
For 2 years now I have been confused. Who am I? What am I? Who do I like? I’ve never accepted these thoughts. I come from a very straight family and a country that hasn’t even legalised same sex marriage. I grew up with a boyfriend and have had multiple. I currently have a boyfriend who I love dearly and couldn’t live without. But there’s still something deep down inside me screaming that this isn’t the full story. Just because I have a boyfriend I just can’t label myself as straight. I love people. Wether that be a boy, a girl, a transgender boy or a transgender girl. I’ve finally accepted the fact that I am pansexual. Some of my friends may not, some family members may not. But I do. I want to be happy with myself and accept who I am :)