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The last baby orca to be born at SeaWorld dies after serious health issues

  • Kyara, a three-month-old orca calf, the last to be born in captivity at a SeaWorld facility, died on Monday after “serious and progressive health issues,” the company said in a statement on Monday.
  • The three-month-old calf was born at the company’s San Antonio, Texas, park, and was the last new orca, or killer whale, to be born into SeaWorld’s controversial breeding program, CNN reported on Tuesday.
  •  The company announced in 2016 that it was shutting down the breeding program and that the current generation of orcas would be the last to live at the park. Read more (7/25/17)

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At 3:33 p.m. ET on Wednesday, SeaWorld welcomed its last orca born in captivity.

The birth at the SeaWorld in San Antonio, Texas, wasn’t streamed live — unlike with April the giraffe — but it will be the final chance for SeaWorld guests to see a baby orca grow up.

“This is an exciting and emotional day for us at SeaWorld and we are all so proud to share this new killer whale calf with the world,” Chris Bellows, SeaWorld’s vice president of zoological operations, said in a statement.

The as-yet-unnamed baby was born to 25-year-old Takara, the matriarch of the park’s pod. She was pregnant for about a year and a half, according to SeaWorld, and was already carrying the baby when the company announced last March that it would stop breeding orcas in captivity.

SeaWorld Welcomes Its Last Orca Born In Captivity

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Orca by gregggentry

Here’s the babies!
I’ll give a detailed breakdown in time like I did for the coloured pencils but for now: I believe almost any paint can work if you’re patient and cheap paints are FINE for work that will be reproduced or for practice!
Due to lightfast and permanence issues however, I do recommend people comfortable with watercolour and willing to invest in it get at least student grade for selling originals (professional is obv. Better)
The only paint I have nothing positive to say about is Daler Rowney: simply watercolour (cake version). They were tough to get off the palette, super opaque, not very vibrant, don’t mix well, and when dry are super chalky and will rub off of the page (which is forgivable if there’s at least one pro to it). They were fairly cheap but the reeves, Staedtler, and Artists Loft were around the same price are each at least had one strength. Can’t say the same for DR lol I really hated them
Anyway, I hope you enjoy these baby whales :3

little-lamppost  asked:

Hey I love your To Belong series! But I have a few questions because I'm trying to get my head wrapped around it. Also I lowkey want to make an OC if that's okay?? Anyway to the questions! Is there like a time limit when staying in your animal form? Like is it draining to stay in your animal form? Also if it is draining would it be easier to be a mouse than an elephant since mice are a smaller mass or does the mass of the animal not matter??

Thank you!! It´s quite a unique world, so I understand that it can be confusing. X3 And I high key encourage you to do that! I reblog ALL TB related fanart *wink wink*. ;3

As for your question: No, there is no “time limit”. Both your human and animal form come to you as naturally and easily as turning your head. Some people jump from from to from frequently (like Frey), others use one form for tasks (like Terren) and others prefer to stay in one specific form (like Isaia). It really is all about who you are as an individual. :)

I may also add that babies/toddlers are very unpredictable with their transformations, since it does come to naturally for them (think of “Wolf Children”). It is not at all uncommon that a whole household has to stop with what they are all doing because the baby turned into an orca in the middle of the living room.

But transforming does require energy, which is why a woman in labor for example would not have the strength/focus to change form. The same goes for those who are really sick or dying.   

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Very cool encounter with a pod of orcas off the coast of Liberia during Sea Sheperd’s operation Sola Stella off thecoast of West Africa. 

The orcas are seen sharing a meal in this video, but i can’t identify what it is.