baby orcas

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

When it comes to babies, no one can get enough…especially Marion’s orcas!
This time the proud mom is female “Razor” (M009). The baby, named “Nimrod” (M067), is Razor’s first known calf.

Just a couple of weeks ago another baby was confirmed (M066 “Ringo”). Let’s hope the population will continue to grow and thrive.<3

Photo credit goes to Marion Island Orcas on Facebook