Very intense encounter today as a mother gray whale fights to the end to protect her calf from hungry orcas. It was an epic battle between a mother trying to protect her calf on their way up to Alaska and a pod of killer whales that needed to eat. The saddest part was when the mother finally had to give up and just floated there for a few minutes off in the distance after the orcas separated her from her calf. The calf was now on her own and the mother continued her journey to the Alaska feeding grounds alone. it was intense to see the calf try and fight off her attackers alone while her mother disappeared. Very hard to see. I’m too tired to process the video. So stay tuned tomorrow for some amazing closeup video footage of this amazing encounter. Photos: Michael Sack, www.sanctuarycruises.com. 04-30-2015.
Kasatka is a 4,700 pound female killer whale, captured off the coast of Iceland in 1978. She is featured in the film, Blackfish, which discussed (among other things) the high level of whale on human aggression in captivity. It was the last Believe show of the night. Corky was not able to perform waterwork, as she had been attacked by Kasatka earlier in the day, and Orkid was also suspended from waterwork due to an aggressive incident between herself and another trainer, Brian Rokeach, two weeks earlier. Kasatka was their last option, so along with Sumar(now deceased) she would be one of the key performers.
“Peters had been waiting for Kasatka to touch his foot, the beginning of that particular behavior. He was about ten or fifteen feet down. Suddenly, he heard a killer whale vocalizing loudly. Peters described it as a distress vocalization or cry. He later learned the wailing was Kalia’s screeching for her mother from the other pool.”
As you can see above, Kasatka grabbed his foot and dragged him around and to the bottom of the pool. Watch the entire video here.
““She didn’t show me any precursors. She didn’t tell me, she didn’t show me,” Peters later told his colleagues. “The aggression had come as a total surprise…””
“When Kasatka’s turn came to perform in the show, Lindy Fordem “walked” the whale through the connecting backstage pools and handed off Kasatka in the main pool to Ken Peters. “Mom was being very vocal today with the calf.” she said of Kasatka, not as any kind of warning, just a point of information. Regardless, Peters did not hear her.”
In 1999, a park guest named Daniel Dukes hid from security after hours in the Seaworld Orlando Park, and proceeded to jump into the the pool with Tilikum the Orca, where he was then found the next day draped over Tilikum’s back, dead.
Tilikum had killed one trainer before this incident, and would go on to kill another some years later.
In what appears to be a sustained effort to mislead the public about these deaths at its parks, SeaWorld continues to claim that Dukes died of hypothermia although it is immediately clear from his autopsy report that this is false. Duke’s had numerous pre-mortem injuries consistent with Tilikum dragging him around the tank. Despite this forensic evidence, SeaWorld maintains that without witnesses it is impossible to determine if Tilikum was actively involved in Dukes’ death.
Also let it be noted that in the wild, there have been 0 human deaths as a result of Orca attacks, yet in captivity, there have been numerous documented attacks, dozens more anecdotal attacks, and 4 human deaths. Still think Orcas should be held captive?
Orcas attack sharks because they eat them. They flip sharks over when attacking them. Instead of just ending it right then and there, Idate had to drag Samekichi all over Rocky Mount and then stop for a smoke break
Great white shark versus orca
Which is the greatest ocean predator – the orca or the great white shark? A shocking encounter off the Californian coast reveals the answer.
When wildlife-watchers in a boat off the Farallon Islands witnessed an orca attacking a great white shark, they were astonished by how easily the fish was overpowered. However, much of the action took place out of sight, under water. Scientists have pieced together the evidence to construct the likely sequence of events that led to the shark’s apparently timid demise.
From the eyewitness accounts, it was clear that the orca didn’t bump into the great white by chance. It deliberately changed course to intercept its victim. The shark appeared unaware that it was in danger.
Swimming at top speed, the orca took the shark by surprise, ramming it hard on the flank. The massive impact stunned the shark, leaving it momentarily confused and vulnerable.
With the shark dazed, the orca grasped it behind the head and turned it upside- down. The shark panicked and its brain released calming serotonin that sent it into a trance. This made it far easier for the orca to drown its prey.
Soon the shark was dead and the orca could start tearing it apart.
CLASH OF THE TITANS:
ORCA Orcinus orca
SIZE: Adult male up to 9.5m; adult female up to 8.2m.
WEIGHT: Male up to 5,600kg; female up to 3,600kg.
TEETH: 40–52 large, conical, inward-curving teeth in upper and lower jaw.
MAX SPEED: Bursts of 50kmph when in pursuit of prey.
TYPICAL PREY: Mostly fish and squid; also seals, sealions and other marine mammals and seabirds. Consumes up to 200kg of food daily.
MAX PREY SIZE: Several records of orcas attacking and eating grey whale calves.
HUNTING TECHNIQUE: Often works in teams to corral fish or to distract prey to isolate or weaken it before delivering the killer blow.
SPECIAL SKILLS: Uses echolocation – a form of sonar – to detect shoals of fish under water.
DISTRIBUTION: Found in all of the world’s oceans, but most abundant in cooler waters at high latitudes.
GREAT WHITE SHARK Carcharodon carcharias
SIZE: 4–5.5m fully grown; occasionally over 6m. Females generally larger.
WEIGHT: Usually up to 1,000kg; rarely up to 2,200kg.
TEETH: 3,000 razor-sharp, triangular teeth arranged in several rows that rotate towards the front of the mouth, replacing broken ones as needed.
MAX SPEED: Often reaches 40kmph.
TYPICAL PREY: Mostly big fish, including tuna, rays and other sharks; also seals, sealions, dolphins, turtles and seabirds. max prey size Sometimes attacks and kills smaller great whites
HUNTING TACTICS: Solitary, ambushes prey from below with a powerful surge.
SPECIAL SKILLS: Excellent sense of smell: can detect a drop of blood in 100 litres of water. Electromagnetic sense picks up the magnetic field produced by muscle activity in its prey.
DISTRIBUTION: Found almost worldwide, from the subtropics to cooler, temperate seas; some populations highly migratory.
DID YOU KNOW? Great white sharks will sometimes eat whales but usually only after they’re dead. There are numerous records of sharks scavenging whale carcasses.
1. Premature Deaths
Orcas in the wild have an average life expectancy of 30 to 50 years—their estimated maximum lifespan is 60 to 70 years for males and 80 to over 100 for females. The average age of death for orcas who have died at SeaWorld is 13 years
2. Lean, Mean Killing Machines—or Not?
In the wild, despite centuries of sharing the ocean, there has been only a single reliable report of an orca harming a human being. Because of the stress involved in being deprived of everything that is natural and important to orcas in captivity, orcas have attacked and killed three humans just since 1991 and many others have been injured.
3. Collapsed Dorsal Fins
All captive adult male orcas have collapsed dorsal fins, likely because they have no space in which to swim freely and are fed an unnatural diet of thawed dead fish. SeaWorld claims that this condition is common—however, in the wild, it rarely ever happens and is a sign of an injured or unhealthy orca.
SeaWorld confines orcas, who could swim up to 100 miles a day in the wild, to tanks that, to them, are the size of a bathtub. They would need to swim 1,208 laps (around the perimeter of the tank) or 3,105 lengths (back and forth at the longest part of the tank) in the park’s largest tank to equal what they’d swim in the wild.
Orcas who are not compatible are forced to live in tight quarters together. The resulting anxiety and tension cause fights between orcas. In the wild, orcas have strong social bonds that may last for life, their social rules prohibit serious violence against each other, and when fights do occur, they can find space to flee. In captivity, there’s nowhere for them to go, which leads to injuries and death.
Nakai was injured on a sharp metal edge in his tank while reportedly fleeing from an aggressive altercation with two other orcas.
6. Diet of Pig and Cow Bones
In captivity, orcas are unable to hunt and obtain water from their prey, so SeaWorld gives them gelatin, a substance that is not natural for them, in an attempt to keep them hydrated. Tilikum, who weighs 12,000 lbs., alone consumes 83 pounds of gelatin every day.
7. Breaking Their Teeth to Get Out
Orcas in captivity gnaw at iron bars and concrete from stress, anxiety, and boredom, sometimes breaking their teeth and resulting in painful dental drilling without anesthesia.
8. Family Matters
Orcas are highly social animals who live in stable social groups ranging from two to 15 individuals. In some populations, children stay with their mothers for life. In captivity, orcas are forced to live with orcas from other family units who speak a completely different language than they do and are constantly moved between facilities for breeding and to perform.
Orcas suffer mentally and physically just to line SeaWorld’s pockets. You can help them! The momentum is on our side with the release of Blackfish and our recent lawsuit against SeaWorld. Join the fight to help orcas, and tell all your friends never to go to SeaWorld.
Morgan, found alone and emaciated off the coast of the Netherlands, was captured under the agreement that she would be returned to the ocean once rehabilitated. Instead, Morgan was shipped to the marine park Loro Parque in Spain where she now performs in their shows. Covered in teeth marks and other injuries, experts have testified that the other Loro Parque orcas attack Morgan. In the coming weeks, the High Court judges in Den Haag will issue their final verdict on Morgan’s release. Find up to date details on Morgan’s trial here: http://www.freemorgan.org/