via Orca Research Trust:
Today, at 11am Dr Ingrid Visser received a call from Bob Brook that he and his crew had found an orca entangled in a cray pot line. He remained with the orca for the two hours it took for Steve Hathaway, Dan Godoy and Ingrid to arrive on the scene. Keeping the orca afloat were other members of its pod, including its presumed calf. Ingrid has identified the orca as Dian, named after the famous gorilla researcher, Dian Fossey. Dian the orca was entangled in a line approximately 40 m long, attached to a ‘pot’ used for catching crayfish. The pot was weighted with concrete blocks of about 35 kg. Dian remained calm during the disentanglement and she was successfully released and followed for a number of kilometres afterwards, to ensure that she was ok and remained with the other orca. If you see orca in NZ waters please call 0800 SEE ORCA. Thank you to everyone who helped save her and good luck out there Dian!
Happy ending :)
Some of the Japanese Resident whales have gorgeous saddle patches.
The new Gibraltar baby is not even a month old and already shows its playful and independent side under the watchful eye of its mother Corsica (Oo_Gib_018)! :)
Picture Copyright Turmares Tarifa
I would like to see somebody go to SeaWorld and ask children there who participate in their programs and interactions whether or not they’d like to be a SeaWorld trainer/work at SeaWorld or be a scientist.
My guess is a majority of them would say trainer.
Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld Entertainment are ending their 25-year-old marketing partnership, officials with both companies said Thursday, as the airline has been urged by animal rights activists to terminate the relationship.
(don’t worry, we’ll be back to your regularly scheduled ninja turtles programming soon)
(also sorry about the picture quality, i haven’t had a working scanner in awhile :()
Recently I’ve been reading extensively about Marineland Canada, a place I used to really enjoy visiting and whose animals are dear to my heart (Ontarians all know the “Everyone Loves Marineland” ear worm commercial!). Recently, after a lot of a research (and not being 13 any more) my stance on whale and dolphin captivity has changed significantly, where I no longer support it and don’t believe these animals, with all their self-awareness and smarts, do well there at all.
Marineland’s a prime example because Marineland, it turns out, is a literal whale death trap.
Man, I forgot how many whales Marineland used to have.
Some beautiful photos of Russian orcas! I got a waterproof camera for my birthday, and if I had the opportunity I would SO take it out and try to get some underwater shots of killer whales!