Within the last 3 years, at least 13 killer whale calves have been taken from Russian waters, torn away from their families and forced into a life of captivity to satisfy a growing demand for killer whales in marine parks in Russia and China. Since 2003, at least 5 orcas have died because of violent Russian capture operations; yet this practice still continues. This year, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia published a quota which would allow for a further 10 orcas to taken from various subzones of the Sea of Okhotsk. This cannot be allowed to happen.A petition written by @liberate_cetaceans and myself (@be_humane) calls for the Russian Federal Fisheries Agency to permanently stop issuing capture permits for the orcas and other species of cetaceans that inhabit the Sea of Okhotsk, and that they require facilities currently holding captive cetaceans to rehabilitate and release them back into their native waters.We will need as many people as possible to sign this petition as quickly as possible because prime months for capture operations are quickly drawing near. Please repost and sign the petition to put an end to wild orca captures!
Monterey Bay Whale Watch reports that two wee Bigg’s killer whale calves were sighted today! These orcas are apparently “rarely encountered,” so their IDs are still pending. What an awesome start to the new year for the California transient population!