killer whale


The photos SW uses to justify the fact that all of their males have collapsed dorsal fins.

The question is “Why do some dorsal fins curve?” which is biased to begin with and they use these photos of only wild whales to explain. The explanation is ok (connective tissue, no bone or cartilage, more time spent at the surface weakening it and then it starts to bend) up until the end; ‘We occasionally see that in the wild and right here at SW”.

Occassionally? 100% of your adult males have collapsed dorsals. 



Diving with wild orcas in the Galapagos Islands.

You can see them feeding on a manta ray in this video. Manta rays appear to be one of the Galapagos orcas’ favorite foods. However, they have an extremely varied diet and feed on sharks, fur seals, sea turtles, sea lions, sperm whales, beaked whales, dolphins, and baleen whales.


Gender: Female
Pod: N/A
Place of Capture: Born at Kamogawa Sea World, Japan
Date of Capture: Born January 11, 1998
Age at Capture: Captive born
Current Location: Kamogawa Sea World, Japan

On January 11, 1998, the Icelandic female Stella gave birth to her first calf, a female named Lovey sired by the Icelandic male Bingo.

Lovey was the very first successful captive born Orca in Japan, and has witnessed the successful births of 3 of her younger sisters; Lara, Sarah, and Ran II.

On October 13, 2008, Lovey gave birth to her own calf, a male later named Earth sired by the Icelandic male Oscar. Lovey turned out to be a very good mother, as she was kept with Stella and was able to learn necessary mothering skills.

In December of 2011, Stella was moved to the Port of Nagoya Aquarium, leaving Lovey and her calves behind at Kamogawa. Lovey took over the role as dominant female and went on to give birth to her second calf on July 19, 2012; a female named Luna who was also sired by Oscar.

Unfortunately, Oscar died in December 2012, leaving Kamogawa with no breeding males. As a result, Lovey has reportedly began training for Artificial Insemination.

Today, Lovey is 17 years old and still resides at Kamogawa Sea World.

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I came across this video of Kalia baiting the birds around her tank, and wondered how bored she must be to come up with this. She has to get a fish, make sure the birds see it, and then wait long enough for one to come close enough for her to lunge at. Seeing as she’s a born predator, this must be one of the most enriching experiences she’s ever had. freedomforwhales have you seen this?


I can’t remember who wanted to see videos of Corky spyhopping, b3n3aththesurfac3 was it you? 

Either way, here she is spyhopping. Here’s another video (x) of her doing it again the same day.


Shamu (Eng->Fr)

Gender: Female

Pod: Southern Residents

Place of Capture: Carr Inlet, Washington State

Date of Capture: October 31, 1965

Age at Capture: Approx. 4 years

Being the first ever intentionally caught Orca, Shamu was originally captured by Ted Griffin and Don Goldsberry on Halloween in Carr Inlet. She was meant to be a companion for Namu at Griffin’s Seattle Marine Aquarium, though they did not get along.

In December 1965, she was sold to SeaWorld San Diego and became the first Killer Whale in their collection. SeaWorld had only been open for a year before Shamu’s arrival, but when they realized how much of an attraction Shamu was, they began adding more Orcas to their collection.

On April 20, 1971 as part of a publicity stunt, SeaWorld secretary Annette Eckis was convinced to ride on Shamu’s back. Things started out well, but without warning, Shamu threw Eckis off her back before seizing the woman by the leg and pushing her around the tank. Trainers attempted to pull Eckis out of the pool but Shamu refused to let go of the woman’s leg. Finally, trainers pried open Shamu’s jaws and pulled Eckis to safety. She was carried away in a stretcher, and received 200 stitches in her leg.

Afterwards, Shamu was retired from shows. Not long after this, Shamu died on August 23, 1971 due to Septicemia and a uterine infection known as Pyometra.

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Sexe : Femelle
Clan familial : Résidentes du sud de la côte est américaine
Lieu de capture : Carr Inlet, état de Washington
Date de capture : 31 octobre 1965
Age à la capture : env. 4 ans

Le soir d'Halloween, à Carr Inlet, Ted Griffin et Don Goldsberry capturèrent une jeune orque femelle pour être la compagne de Namu, l'orque du Seattle Marine Aquarium de Griffin. Elle fut nommée Shamu (contraction de She-Namu) et était la première orque à être capture intentionnellement. Cependant, Namu et Shamu ne s'accordaient pas bien.

En décembre 1965, elle fut vendue au Seaworld de San Diego et devint la première orque de leur collection. Seaworld était ouvert depuis seulement un ans avant l'arrivée de Shamu, mais quand ils ont réalisé à quel point Shamu attirait les visiteurs, ils ont commencé à ajouter d'autres orque à leurs collection.

Le 20 avril 1971, la secrétaire de Seaworld Anette Eckis a été convaincue par dirigeant de chevaucher Shamu pour un spot publicitaire. Tout avait bien commencé mais, sans avertissement Shamu éjecta Eckis de son dos avant de saisir la femme par la jambe et de la balader autour du bassin. Les dresseurs essayèrent de la sortir de là, mais Shamu refusait de lâcher sa jambe. Finalement, les dresseurs ouvrirent de force la gueule de Shamu et mirent Eckis en sécurité. Elle fut évacuée sur une civière et reçu 200 points de sutures à la jambe.

Après cet incident, Shamu fut retirée des spectacles. Peu de temps plus tard, Shamu mourut le 28 août 1971 à cause d'une septicémie et d'une infection utérine appelé pyomètre. Elle était âgée de 10 ans et avait passé 6 années en captivité.

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