Save Our Orcas Mural. River my neighbor up in the mountains, who is a roofer despite an amazing Mountaineering habit, coming through with scaffolding for me, @commander_timko helping me pressure wash all day, and cutting my hair so I don’t, and I quote look “disposessed”. I’m going to lure my mother into designing something, and then try and use one of three little projectors I have to trace it onto the wall..... but first I have to finish roofing my own roof before the rains start in earnest... I need slogan suggestions. #orcas#mural#signage#hauntedfjordhouse#olympicpeninsula
The Runaways were back yesterday! The T109As, or The Runaways, were named so as they split from the T109s and "ran away". Actually it's a pretty normal strategy among Bigg's Killer Whale groups once gang size increases.
The gang is made up of the matriarch, T109A, who was born in 1990. She travels with her offspring, and became a grandmother this year when her daughter, T109A2, gave birth to a calf.
On average, Bigg's Killer Whales produce viable calves (those surviving their first year) every 5 years. T109A has an exceptional rate of breeding: she produced her first surviving calf, T109A2 in 2005. Her second in 2009 and third in 2012. Although the cataloging hasn't been updated, it's thought she is the mother of two more calves, giving her five offspring in the group!
Although she is a success story, it is worth noting that her surviving offspring are coded T109A2 onwards. That means she gave birth to a calf that didn't survive, T109A1. It's worth remembering that calf mortality is as high as 50% in the first year. We can help increase that survival rate by being conscious of what we flush away, and the products we use. Toxins in the ocean bio-accumulate to a large degree in these mammal-eating Killer Whales. This toxin build up can lead to a number of health issues, but decreased fertility is one of them. So do The Runaways a favour - check what products you use and make sure they are eco-friendly!
"Loro Parque has good news to share: the orca Morgan that was rescued after being found near dead near the coast of the Wadden Sea in the Netherlands and that forms part of our group of orcas, gave birth to her first calf this past Saturday, which finds itself in a perfect state of health. The first days in the life of a cetacean are critical, especially to establish proper breastfeeding is essential for the survival and the growth of the baby. During the first hours we all have been very relieved because Morgan demonstrates good maternal instinct and is taking care of her calf however the production of milk is taking a long time. After the first 24 hours Morgan does not have enough milk to nourish the calf because of this our team of veterinarians and external consultants are valuating to start progressively bottle feeding the calf in order to avoid any problem. We all wish that nature takes its course and Morgan will breed her calf independently but, if the experts consider that the life of the calf is at risk, we will interfere to bottle feed it.
We wish to take this opportunity to say thank you for all the affectionate messages we have received from all parts of the world and we will keep on informing about the development of Morgan and her calf." #loroparque#morgan#orca#orcas#blackfish#whale#whales#dolphin#dolphins#captivity#zoo#zoos#cetaceans#emptythetanks#animalrights
Support your local book store today and ask them to order in your copy of Lost Frequency! It is a page turning fictional thriller that reflects on the history of the Southern Resident Killer Whales. 🐳👀💟
This beauty is one of the 74 Southern Resident Killer Whales left on Earth. One month before I shot this picture, the only calf born in 3 years died 30mins after his birth. This endangered species mainly suffers from food deprivation due to intensive salmon fishing and contamination of those salmons from fish farms along the coast of British Columbia. The situation is really critical, and in order to recover wild salmon population in the area we need the Canadian government to start breaching the dams retaining them. Please sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/senator-murray-governor-inslee-dammed-to-extinction-southern-resident-orcas-are-starving-time-is-running-out
Orcas, you beautiful beast you. I grew up here, and sometimes I think I’m just a little too used to how beautiful it is and forget that it’s so beautiful. I wish I could see orcas for the first time with fresh eyes. #oitillidie#orcas
This morning I was drinking coffee atop Mt Constitution. It was a difficult trip up to the top and my leg was really sore from pushing the gas petal but worth it. Fun ferry ride and now back home. What a trip. #orcas#magical#bebacksoon
The memorial for Tahlequah’s baby orca was a deeply moving display of grief and calls to action. After the baby orca died Tahlequah carried her baby on her nose for 17 days throughout the Salish Sea. As both a grief ceremony and demand for environmental justice I believe the mother orca demands our accountability for causing her precious three baby orcas to die. What can be done? Remove the four lower snake river dams. Reintroduce salmon above grand coulee dam with permanent fish passage facilities. Restrict ocean fisheries. Spill more water over dams to support migratory life histories and decrease summer river temperatures. Prohibit or severely restrict whale watching motor boats who scare and impair whale hearing and communication. @ndnhadji @waterprotectress #tahlequah#orcas#salmon#orcasneedsalmon#salishsea#indigenousleaders#damremoval#fishpassage#endageredspeciesact#orca#endangeredspeciescoalition#seattle
On a whale watching trip in Canada. So lucky to see three full Orca pods (a total of 74 whales) come together for a rare “welcoming ceremony” just south of Vancouver Island 🐋 ⚓️🙏🏼 They line up in rows and face each other and then they all swim towards each other, getting reacquainted. We saw cartwheels, spyhops (sticking their heads out of the water to look around) and breaches (jumping high out of the water). It was such a special day. Photos by #PugetSoundExpress naturalist #BartRulon