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
Guest submitted post.
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.
Orcas? Giving urine samples while in the show pool? Oh no!
And SeaWorld should also be ashamed of making them perform naked! Cause think of how embarrassed they are to do that! And what’s worse? They were making them pee, in front of a crowd, while naked!
Guest submitted post! I actually do read submission posts, I just get busy and forget.
Killer whales don’t actually cry. At least not the way we humans think of crying. What they do however is have special glands that secrete a greasy substance which coats their eyes to protect them from salt water. Which can look like tear trail paths, but this doesn’t actually mean anything else in killer whales beyond eye protection.
And the photo of Morgan is by Kinderement on Flickr.
Well, in honor of Takara’s new calf… How about a post on her?
Facts about killer whales (and other cetaceans): Flukes and dorsal fins are all folded up and “floppy” inside of the mother’s womb. This makes labor easy. I imagine it’s hard enough as is to give birth, but already stiff flukes and dorsal fins would just be an added world of pain for mom and baby. Typically when being born, flukes come out first, and when they do, they flop around and it takes about an hour or two for them to really firm up. If you’ve ever seen a head first birth, the flukes won’t be firm, they’ll be floppy right after birth. Go find Animal Planet’s That’s My Baby episode with Kasatka and watch Nakai after he’s born head first, if you’re curious. And the dorsal is the same way. There are no bones in the flukes or dorsal fin, but they are made up of a firm, flexible connective tissue known as cartilage (not muscle). And just like those flukes, the dorsal fin will straighten and firm up within a few hours after the birth.
It also isn’t refraction of the water…
Actual dorsal fin collapse, usually happens much later in life when they go through growth spurts and the dorsal fin is more prone to collapse as it gets taller and heavier.
Keiko’s “warm water” in Oregon was a nice, chilly 49 degrees fahrenheit. The water in Norway around this time of year is about 46 degrees, but during the summer months can warm up to as high as 58 degrees. So naturally, this makes perfect sense! That, and he’d was living in the actual ocean since September 1998 and died in December 2003.
Sometimes, logic and facts just don’t matter to people.