has any other orca done this

anonymous asked:

I'm not sure if this has been asked before, but could you share some random facts about Orcas?

Orcas are found in every ocean! Despite the name “Killer Whale” they are more closely related to dolphins. Prey items include anything from schooling fish and squid to large baleen and sperm whales. They have also been known, on occasion to prey on deer and moose found swimming across channels. This species is not considered endangered but some populations have been depleted due to whaling and live captures. They are perhaps the most well known of any marine mammal thanks to movies, other media, and extensive research that has been done on what is believed to be one of the most intelligent animals on the planet. They have complex social structures and will work together to hunt prey.

My favorite fact about Orcas is that researchers believe that orcas belonging to different pods develop their own “dialects” with their communications and that orcas found in different parts of the world may even speak different “languages” and have their own cultures! Read more about that here!

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News Update

Holly (A42)
Holly and her family were around Johnstone Strait A LOT over the summer and appeared to be very sociable with many different pods and matrilines. As always, they took to the rubbing rocks which has always been a favourite of the A42s. Surf (A66) appears to enjoy the sensation of the rubbing rocks especially. It seems baby Albion (A103) had a bit of trouble learning what to do but with some practice, her mother and siblings showed her the way. 

Fife (A61)
It seems that Fife has done a fair amount of moving around this summer. He met frequently with the A42s but also a lot with the I15s. More than any other pod though, it seems he spent his time with Plumper and Kaikash until Plumper unfortunately became very unwell and seems to have passed away. There were multiple commercial fishing boats around this summer which has caused the orcas quite a bit of disturbance. One of the calves in the I15 matriline even became temporarily entangled in a net until the fisherman kindly cut him/her free.

Simoon (A34)
Simoon and her family appeared to be a bit preoccupied this summer as they only came ‘home’ for a total of 6 and a half days. They arrived and circuited for a day then by the evening, finally settled. The next day they spent the entire time with Holly and her family then they left and didn’t return for an entire month. When she did return, she spent a day with Scarlett and her family then ventured back to Holly. And on the last day, she began her travel back fairly early on. It seems Simoon had other obligations this summer and there are hopes she’ll appear again next year.

Pointer (A39)
Pointer has been missing for an extremely long time now and it seems that he has passed away. No one can ever say for certain when it comes to wild cetaceans but it seems safe to assume after such a long duration. It is anthropomorphic to say, however there is speculation that the passing of his mother’s death is a contributing factor to his death. He disappeared for a while last year and when he returned, he simply would not leave his mother’s side and stayed with her right up until she died. Could it be that poor Pointer has grieved to death? He was just shy of 39 years old which is fairly old for a northern resident male so it may just be coincidence. Either way, it’s very sad to see only one distinctively tall dorsal fin travelling with the A30s. It is also sad to know that he will never get to know his new great niece/nephew as his niece Bend has just given birth again. 

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Today 4 years ago, a beautiful, outgoing trainer named Dawn Brancheau was killed. I do not blame her for her own death, as SeaWorld has done to her. I do not hate her for being a trainer (or any other present-day trainer for that matter). I just wish that her life had not ended at the hands of a captive orca. This is one reason why I want captivity to phase out. There was no need for her to die. There’s no need to keep potentially dangerous stressed-out animals in tanks in close proximity to trainers. An incident like this need never happen again.