I wanted to draw orca and ended up drawing J54 Dipper and his mother, J28 Polaris. Dipper would have been one of the first orca I could have watched growing up, losing his yellow, getting big and strong, sprouting a tall dorsal fin… Now the only thing I can think of is that their pod is missing both of them.
Like Sedna, or Sanna; the drowned goddess, Inuit mermaids were once humans. They were women from all ages who drowned by falling under the ice or being washed away by a powerful wave. Sedna welcomed thoses women she saw as sisters and granted them the gift of breathing underwater and an orca tail to show that they belonged to the underwater world. She painted their hands with black lines with her hair which symbolizes her own fingers and hands which were cut by her father and from which all the fish sprang out. Inuit mermaids are benevolent spirits guiding fishermen in winter, leading the fish where they will be needed and calming Sedna when she is angry because of her hair entangled by the currents..
Orcas show their smarts by working together to whip up a meal. Here, a pod hunts for herring in Norway’s Andfjorden. Members of the pod coordinate their moves, herding a mass of herring into a manageable ball. They then whip their tails against the ball, stunning or killing the fish.
Photograph by Paul Nicklen
The surprise move means the company’s 28 orcas will be the last it holds in captivity.
In a stunning move, SeaWorld has agreed to stop breeding captive killer whales, meaning its 28 orcas will be the last generation owned by the company. SeaWorld also said it would end orca shows at all its entertainment parks by 2019.
SeaWorld made the announcement Thursday morning in a joint statement with the Humane Society of the United States, which negotiated with the company over the past few months to craft the new policy.
The company will phase out its iconic “Shamu” show at all three of its U.S. parks and replace them with presentations focused on the animals’ natural environment, and it will neither receive killer whales from foreign parks nor send whales to them, including parks it hopes to open in Asia and the Middle East.
Instead of breeding orcas, SeaWorld will now invest $50 million over five years to increase its focus on rescue and rehabilitation of marine animals in distress and bringing attention to rescued animals that cannot be released to raise awareness of their plight and educate the public about the growing threats to marine life.
Some of that money will also be dedicated to advocacy campaigns to end commercial whaling and seal hunting and to fighting against shark finning, working to protect coral reefs, and reducing the commercial collection of ornamental tropical fish from the wild.
The huge news from #SeaWorld today, announcing the end of captive breeding & orca shows, is a 🏆victory🏆 for everyone who decided to #takeaction for #orcas. THANK YOU!! 🐋🐬🐳#wildlife #activism #oceans #goodnews #instagood #tilikum
In continued efforts to rebrand itself, SeaWorld will no longer make its orca whales dance, kiss each other and pose during performance shows, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s CEO Joel Manby said, according to the Chicago Tribune. The whales will instead engage in more “educational” activities.
Can someone please tell me the names of those two? None of them can’t be Keto, of course - you don’t even have to look at their dorsal fins to know that! It can’t be Adán, neither, because, well, he’s too small (he was just three years old back then) and he didn’t even take part in the show anyway because he didn’t felt like.
Sorry, I can’t distinguish the other four orcas Kohana, Skyla, Morgan and Tekoa (not even Tekoa, even though he’s a male! How embarrassing! But I think his dorsal fin is a little bit small for a male orca… Or am I wrong? ^^’)