Captive orca Corky hears her family for the first time in 24 years. The reaction is heart breaking. She physically shakes and trembles.
Daisy and I were finishing up our walk when she stopped and pulled me back toward the street toward a woman who looked like she was headed to work.
Daisy, c’mon, I said, pulling her the other way.
But she wasn’t having it. She dragged me - something that she rarely does, considering she’s 13 years old and has decent leash manners - wagging her tail. She’s never this excited to see a stranger, and this stranger didn’t have a dog or a pile of porterhouse steaks.
The woman took notice of us. She really wants to say hi, I said.
She knelt down and Daisy ran up to her. Daisy’s tail was a blur while she leaned into the woman’s legs.
The woman smiled. It’s my birthday, she told me. I guess she can tell.
Joan Jett delivered SeaWorld a Cease and Desist Order to stop playing her music during their shows. Not gonna lie, Joan Jett is awesome.
Figure 1. Two green laser dots (10 cm apart) projected onto the dorsal fin of an adult female resident killer whale in Prince William Sound (Whale AK2, estimated birth in 1958). Click image to enlarge. The red lines are drawn to define the anterior and posterior insertions of the dorsal fin, which are used as reference points for measuring the absolute width and height of the dorsal fin (blue lines). Photograph by John Durban (CAEP), courtesy of the North Gulf Oceanic Society.Figure 2. Photograph showing morphometric measurements for an adult male resident killer whale from Prince William Sound (Whale AJ21, born in 1976). The estimated height of the dorsal fin is 164 cm and the estimated distance between the blowhole and anterior insertion of the dorsal fin is 201 cm. Photograph by John Durban (CAEP), courtesy of the North Gulf Oceanic Society.via NOAA