Except, that Keiko was moved from Mexico to Oregon and nursed back to health, then taken to Iceland, where he lived in a sea pen and in an attempt to reintegrate him back to life back in the ocean. He was eventually released in July 2002, where he lived in the open ocean for about 6 weeks. He swam all the way to Norway, where he went back to approaching humans. He lived the remainder of his life in Taknes Bay, Norway, still relying on his caretakers, until his death on December 12, 2003.
Keiko, he still needs freeing.
Top two images are the only actual images of wild orcas with collapsed dorsal fins.
The center images are a digital painting, an orca with a dorsal fin injury, the very bottom is just a straight, non-collapsed dorsal fin that was photographed at an angle, and the one on the far right does not count because it’s a photo of Keiko…
So, yes. Dorsal fin collapse does happen in the wild, though it is fairly rare in most groups. Although, some groups do have a higher occurrence of collapse or abnormalities, such as the New Zealand orcas, compared to other populations. The rate of dorsal fin collapse in the wild is only around 1% total worldwide.
I already did this with Makani, but you have got to learn what is normal and what is not. This is not a case of fungus or anything. Sometimes, when a calf molts, this is what it looks like. It can also happen on wild calves too.
It is also not very common for captive orcas to be inbred. Yes, a few calves have been born to related animals, but it by no means has made up the majority of captive born animals, and places do attempt to prevent inbreeding and don’t attempt to cause it. Unfortunately, in some situations it has happened, but being intentional? No. Killer whales are socio-sexual animals, and sexual behaviors do happen among family members. Even in the wild, inbreeding can and does occur, especially among the smaller populations like the Southern Resident group. J1, known as Ruffles, is known to have fathered at least 5 calves within his family group, J-pod. Inbreeding also does not mean immediate issues for animals, and inbreeding can still happen and animals can still be healthy, for the short-term, though it does increase the risk of worsening any existing problems. It’s when inbreeding builds up over time that more problems show up and it becomes a very big problem for the survival of a species. Most animals can withstand a certain amount of inbreeding, but no one knows exactly how many generations of inbreeding it would take before it becomes absolutely detrimental to a group of orcas. This generational time gap between inbreeding and severe issues resulting from inbreeding varies from species to species. Inbreeding is always a concern because of the long-term impacts it could have, but most species can and have survived short-term inbreeding. However, captive orcas do have a very small gene pool and that is an important factor to consider now and into the future to prevent it as much as possible.
Yes, because if it’s a captive dolphin, they all have to be captured from Taiji? Right. For one, Nellie was born in captivity… For 2, she’s an Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin. There’s an important word in her species… Atlantic. Where is Taiji? In Japan. Where is Japan? In the Pacific Ocean. Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins do not live in the waters even remotely NEAR Japan. So she, nor her parents could have originated from Taiji. They would have come from somewhere in the Atlantic.
Not everything you see, hear, or read is true. It’s important to do some serious research and make the distinction between fact and fiction.
Also, I’m not even sure Taiji was capturing dolphins back then either.
1. Killer whales are not extensively hunted in the wild. Humans hunting wild orcas is a fairly rare occurrence, but it does occasionally happen.
2. Considering how few releases we’ve had with killer whales, to assume all released killer whales are going to be hunted down and killed is not going to be a realistic idea at what could happen. After all, Keiko was released and he did not end up being “killed by spear fishermen.”
3. Proving your point by using an image from a fictitious movie will never help your point. The 1977 movie Orca was all kinds of messed up and not even factual about killer whales.
4. The top image, I don’t know the details, could be a photo of a rare hunt, could just be a stranded orca that died and it had cuts or they cut it. Who knows.
5. The calves where not killed by fishermen. Orca mortality rates are around 50% wild born orcas. Half the calves born won’t make it past their first year, and many times, bodies of the calves that didn’t make it wash up in shore.
Um. Yeah. Just because there are other parks called “Sea World” doesn’t actually mean it’s owned by SeaWorld Adventure Parks. SeaWorld does not own Kamogawa Sea World in Japan, nor does it own Sea World Gold Coast Australia. They have not ever been owned by SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment at any point in time.
The only parks affiliated with SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, which is owned by Blackstone are:
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Adventure Island, Aquatica Orlando, Aquatica San Antonio, Aquatica San Diego, Water County USA, Seasame Place, and Discovery Cove.
The only other SeaWorld associated with SeaWorld was SeaWorld Ohio, which was sold in January 2001 to Six Flags.
So yeah, SeaWorld wasn’t lying.
Nor does SeaWorld own the orcas there… The only orcas SeaWorld owns outside of the United States are the ones in Loro Parque.
Fact: Dolphins are socio-sexual animals (meaning not all sexual behavior is for procreation). Sexual behavior is very common among cetaceans, and dolphins begin when they are very young, and most become sexually active long before they are sexually mature (which for females is anywhere from 5 - 13 years old, for males 6 - 14). There are many reasons they could be engaging in sexual behavior.
Ok. Whatever you say… they don’t at all. Also considering the fact that Makani was conceived via AI between an Icelandic killer whale and an Argentinian transient, he wouldn’t even exist in the wild…smh
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Not sure where they got the in vitro stuff from… especially since in vitro fertilization in cetaceans currently isn’t possible because little to no research has been done in that area, which I’m basing that off a paper written in 2013 by SeaWorld researchers.
Most animals SeaWorld has have been born into captivity. Most still are natural births, with the only calves produced with artificial insemination being Nakai, Kohana, Makani, and Takara’s calf. There is also Moana at Marineland France.
The only other thing I have to say, is if this person is worried by the picture… if you’re going to be an advocate for animals, you should probably learn to spot when something is actually wrong with a species, and what’s normal in a species. Molting, like what you see in this image, is normal. In fact, an orca calf in the wild would have the exact same thing. Cetaceans shed their skin 6 times faster than humans, and when it molts, it can cause the skin to look weird, but it’s nothing bad. Molting also tends to show more on young animals, than on older animals.