northernresidentorcas:

Cameleon, Holly, Surf and Current.

northernresidentorcas:

Cameleon, Holly, Surf and Current.

best-lovequotes:

Mom and Baby Orca, Antarctica on We Heart It.

best-lovequotes:

Mom and Baby Orca, Antarctica on We Heart It.

cute-whales:

0ceanspirit:

Kiska showing signs of being VERY underweight, note the incredibly abnormal depression behind her blowhole. This photo was taken TODAY. But, don’t worry, because according to certain Marineland worshipers, she’s just fine. She’s DYING. 
Photo credit: https://twitter.com/OCAW_2014

thats incredibly abnormal. :/

cute-whales:

0ceanspirit:

Kiska showing signs of being VERY underweight, note the incredibly abnormal depression behind her blowhole. This photo was taken TODAY. But, don’t worry, because according to certain Marineland worshipers, she’s just fine. She’s DYING. 

Photo credit: https://twitter.com/OCAW_2014

thats incredibly abnormal. :/

cetaceandreams:

Maui’s dolphin

cetaceandreams:

Maui’s dolphin

seaslaverysucks:

At SeaWorld’s Shamu Underwater Viewing, there is a paid “educator” who stands around and provides SeaWorld’s version of facts, and answers questions asked by the public. My friend saw four different educators while she was there. None of them could identify any of the orcas at UWV. Only the first…

freedomforwhales:

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Striped Dolphin 
The striped dolphin is extremely active at the surface, performing amazing acrobatics including somersaults, back-somersaults, upside down porpoising, and breaching with leaps three times its length.
The striped dolphin body size and shape resembles the short-beaked common dolphin, but the colour pattern is unique; its dorsal side is bluish grey to brownish grey, with a white to pinkish underside.
Striped dolphins are curious animals and will also often bow-ride, sometimes approaching from a distance.
Striped dolphins feed mostly on small fish, such as cod or lanternfish, and small squid. The largest threats to striped dolphins are bycatch in fishing nets, and intentional hunts, particularly in Taiji, Japan.
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freedomforwhales:

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Striped Dolphin 

  • The striped dolphin is extremely active at the surface, performing amazing acrobatics including somersaults, back-somersaults, upside down porpoising, and breaching with leaps three times its length.
  • The striped dolphin body size and shape resembles the short-beaked common dolphin, but the colour pattern is unique; its dorsal side is bluish grey to brownish grey, with a white to pinkish underside.
  • Striped dolphins are curious animals and will also often bow-ride, sometimes approaching from a distance.
  • Striped dolphins feed mostly on small fish, such as cod or lanternfish, and small squid. The largest threats to striped dolphins are bycatch in fishing nets, and intentional hunts, particularly in Taiji, Japan.

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loltias:

Just wanted to point out how news channels even considered the death of an orca at sea world more odd and suspicious than sad. This broadcast discusses the death of Kalina, who showed signs of discomfort on the same day she unexpectedly died. The video includes how Taima and her stillborn calf died in June and Dawn Brancheau’s death in February. However, after Kalina’s death, Sumar, a 12 year old orca at Sea World San Diego, died as well.

So if you still are ignorant enough to think Blackfish is the reason for people being “misled” into thinking Sea World is bad, think again. 

seaslaverysucks:

7.23.14 — A trainer at SeaWorld Orlando flushes Kayla’s drilled teeth before a One Ocean show. This is done to prevent an infection. The two pictures of Kayla’s mouth were taken on the same day as the video.

Captive killer whales often chew on concrete surfaces and metal gates to relieve stress or boredom, which can cause teeth to become broken and fractured. In an attempt to prevent this, SeaWorld will “flatten,” “grind,” and even drill holes (pulpotomy) into the teeth using power tools. With enough positive reinforcement, killer whales are subjected to this painful and uncomfortable procedure.

A former SeaWorld trainer said: “The whales are conditioned to ‘accept’ the noise, heat, vibration and obvious pain associated with drilling vertically through the tooth column and into the fleshy pulp below. Success is measured by blood spilling out of the hole, in which case it’s apparent the bore is complete.”

Because the pulp gets exposed to food and the environment, infections can occur if the teeth are not flushed routinely with an antiseptic, multiple times per day.

In 1991, Kayla’s own mother, Kenau, began treatment for an infected tooth two weeks prior to her death caused by Hemorrhagic Bacterial Pneumonia. Both 17-year-old Kenau and her fetus perished, orphaning Kayla.

In 2010, Kalina, the “original baby Shamu,” died from Acute Bacterial Septicemia, which may likely be attributed to having five teeth drilled and four pulled. She was only 25.

3-year-old Makaio at SeaWorld Orlando already has holes in his teeth.

This is what SeaWorld calls “superior dental care.”

Wild, fish-eating killer whales would never have teeth worn as much as those in captivity. In fact, they swallow food whole; they do not chew it. Older offshore ecotype individuals that prey on sharks sometimes have worn teeth—teeth are not worn down to the gums—from many years of grasping and shredding sandpaper-like shark skin. No killer whales at SeaWorld (or in captivity) are fed shark.

elletiburon:

sometimes when I’m angry or stressed or sad I think about whales just swimming around in the ocean, doing whale shit. like, they’re the biggest goddamn mammals on the planet. they don’t have time for little problems. there’s too much chill-ass whale shit to do.
basically what I am saying is that whales are my happy place.

elletiburon:

sometimes when I’m angry or stressed or sad I think about whales just swimming around in the ocean, doing whale shit. like, they’re the biggest goddamn mammals on the planet. they don’t have time for little problems. there’s too much chill-ass whale shit to do.

basically what I am saying is that whales are my happy place.

thelovelyseas:

Spotted dolphins glide past the camer a off the coast of Grand Turk Island by Wolcott Henry

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