orcaobsession:

Transient orca bull (by Bertie Gregory)

orcaobsession:

Transient orca bull (by Bertie Gregory)

wonderous-world:

Wildlife photographer Dafna Ben Nun, braved temperatures of minus 2 degrees to capture these beautiful creatures in the White Sea, north-west Russia. She even got kisses! She spent almost an hour in the water with the two female whales who were very curious and funny. Beluga whales are currently critically endangered in Alaska and numbers has been severely reduced over the last several decades [Article] [Video]

freedomforwhales:

Here’s a step in the right direction! Let’s hope they follow through and go back to focusing solely on rescue and release.

darling-taima:

fightingforwhales:

Dolphin hunting boats in Taiji are out looking for dolphins :(

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freedomforwhales:

Between January and April 2014, over A THOUSAND DOLPHINS washed up ashore in northern Peru. They included males and females, adults, juveniles and newborn babies: whole pods died. This massacre is the awful result of just one thing, seismic testing undertaken by oil companies.Stop seismic exploration in Peru and save the dolphins!
In seismic exploration, sound blasts are sent to the bottom of the ocean. They bounce back and are picked up by hydrophones to create an image of the seabed. Dolphins can hear the frequency that is used for the surveys. The blasts are so loud and so frequent that they cause damage to the dolphins’ ears. The sound waves start a chain reaction in which the dolphins’ ear bones can crack, their veins can explode and their organs end up full of air bubbles. The dolphins can end up with decompression sickness and become disoriented, feel terrible pain and become deaf so they can no longer dive and fish. Ultimately, the dolphins die in agony.
In 2012, Peruvian authorities denied the real cause of death and said a virus killed the dolphins. This year they have been saying a toxic algae is the cause. No evidence for either of these suggestions has been found.
Please sign this petition to ban seismic testing in Peru!

freedomforwhales:

Between January and April 2014, over A THOUSAND DOLPHINS washed up ashore in northern Peru. They included males and females, adults, juveniles and newborn babies: whole pods died. This massacre is the awful result of just one thing, seismic testing undertaken by oil companies.Stop seismic exploration in Peru and save the dolphins!

In seismic exploration, sound blasts are sent to the bottom of the ocean. They bounce back and are picked up by hydrophones to create an image of the seabed. Dolphins can hear the frequency that is used for the surveys. The blasts are so loud and so frequent that they cause damage to the dolphins’ ears. The sound waves start a chain reaction in which the dolphins’ ear bones can crack, their veins can explode and their organs end up full of air bubbles. The dolphins can end up with decompression sickness and become disoriented, feel terrible pain and become deaf so they can no longer dive and fish. Ultimately, the dolphins die in agony.

In 2012, Peruvian authorities denied the real cause of death and said a virus killed the dolphins. This year they have been saying a toxic algae is the cause. No evidence for either of these suggestions has been found.

Please sign this petition to ban seismic testing in Peru!

orcinusofstars:

orcinusofstars:

A BRIEF HISTORY OF COLORFUL KILLER WHALES

On April 23rd 2012, the Far East Russian Project revealed they’d successfully filmed “Iceberg” an all-white, mature bull orca previously seen in 2010 off the coast of Kamchatka Peninsula (image #8). Iceberg was seen cavorting with a group of roughly 10-15 other whales. It’s unknown if he’s a true albino, as researchers haven’t been able to get close enough to tell, but he seemed healthy and well-adjusted to life within the pod.

However, this was not the first time a white killer whale was seen.

In 2000 a University of Washington seabird ecologist photographed a white orca off the Aleutian islands. Eight years later, scientists photographed the young male again. It was thought that it this was Iceberg, but upon closer inspection, the Far East Russian Orca Project was able to confirm that this was a different whale all together. While he shared the milky-white color of his famous Russian counterpart, this orca had a unique cookie-cutter shark bite near its blowhole and a prominent rake scar on the dorsal (image #7). He isn’t considered an albino due to his darker pigmentation, but like Iceberg, he is a healthy and mature male and travels in a normal pod that’s made of about 12 other individuals.

Iceberg isn’t even the only white orca in Russia anymore, there are several others swimming in the same waters. FEROP scientists discovered a white calf in 2008. Dubbed “Lemon,” he’s grown into a healthy juvenile (images #4, #5, and #6) under the protective gaze of his podmates – some of whom are not entirely comfortable with the research team’s presence. There’s even a cream-colored adult female that was seen in 2009-2010 (image #3). According to the following statement, she’s known as Mama Tanya: “Last year’s white whales - the female Mama Tanya and the male Iceberg - did not honour us with their presence, but the white calf Lemon came, whom we first met in 2008.”

Prior to the recent sightings, there was only a handful of other white orcas spotted - one in 1993 around
St. Lawrence Island and another in 2000/2001 around the central Aleutians.

One of the original white orcas, known as “Alice,” began appearing regularly around Vancouver Island and off the southern coast of British Columbia in the 1940s. In 1950 another white orca (believed to be “Chimo”) was born to this pod, Alice vanished shortly after. Leaving only a single white whale reported in 1950. This whale was photographed by onlookers close to shore in Victoria - revealing a young white orca and a normal colored podmate (image #9). Records of Alice’s pod ceased in the 1960s, but as orcas were being captured for live display in the 1970s the white juvenile reappeared, netted near Victoria with four other members of her family. This white and silver juvenile would later become known as as “Chimo.”

Chimo (image #10) suffered from  what’s known as Chediak-Higashi syndrome, a rare autosomal recessive disorder that both made her beautiful in the eyes of man and made her severely ill. Chediak-Higashi syndrome often affects the nervous and immune systems, as well as altering the color of the animal. Humans, white tigers, cattle, blue Persian cats, blue rats, mice, mink, foxes and orcas can all be affected by this disorder.

Due to her color, many marine parks took an interest in her and she went to the highest bidder - Sealand of the Pacific. Chimo was separated from her mother, Scarredjaw (T3) and was transferred with a normal colored female, known as Knootka. The two newcomers were placed in a tank with the resident male, Haida. They all seemed to get along well, but eventually Knootka became aggressive and would constantly harass Chimo. Chimo developed a skin disease from the constant raking of the more dominant female and Knootka was quickly sold off, with Chimo and Haida remaining at Sealand in hopes they would breed.
Unfortunately, Chimo contracted pneumonia from streptococcal septicemia. She died in November of 1972.

On a December day in 2009 the T-11s were moving south of Victoria on their usual hunt for seals when a silver calf (images #1 and #2) was spotted alongside its mother, T-68. This little calf is very similar to Chimo, and like its famous predecessor, may also suffer from the same syndrome. The condition commonly proves fatal among young animals and I could find no recent reports of this calf. Thankfully for Iceberg, Lemon, Mama Tanya, and the unknown white bull, they aren’t believed to have Chediak-Higashi syndrome; but further genetic tests may be necessary to completely rule it out.

IMAGE SOURCES: WILD WHALES (#1) / CAPT. JIM MAYA + SAN JUAN ISLAND UPDATE (#2) / FEROP (#3 #4 #5 #6 #8) / H. FEARNBACH (#7) / ORCA OCEAN (#9) / GEORGE HUNTER (#10)
As always, feel free to contact me if you spot an error! :)

Frick, just noticed a typo.
Image #3 is Mama Tanya.
Images #4, #5, #6 are Lemon.

freedomforwhales:

freedomforwhales:

"When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul."—-A.D. Williams

YOU GUYS THE NOTES

freedomforwhales:

freedomforwhales:

"When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul."—-A.D. Williams

YOU GUYS THE NOTES

rjzimmerman:

(All this and more can be read on a press release from Brookfield Zoo, which can be read here.)

This is a photo that I took of Ernesta, a Mexican Gray Wolf, while she was a resident at Brookfield Zoo (operated by the Chicago Zoological Society):

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This a photo of Ernesta taken by Jim…

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