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Captured juvenile orca too traumatized to swim (x)

What you see here is footage of a juvenile orca who was just captured from the wild. The orca is so traumatized and disorientated that it can’t even swim, it just rolls over onto it’s side. 

This is how marine parks gets their orcas. This is what you support when you support marine parks.

“But it doesn’t happen anymore!”

Yes, it does. It’s currently happening in Russia. The Russians have seen how orcas can make them millions of dollars by watching corporations such as Seaworld and now they want in on the action it too. 
Not to mention that most marine parks which holds orcas still have wild caught orcas in their possesion. Wild caught orcas who all went through what you see in the gifs above.

As long as there is a demand to see these animals in captivity they will continue to be caught. So stop creating a demand by going to these parks. 

Nick, a pacific white sided dolphin has a nasty wound just behind his eye after being attacked by a bottlenose dolphin that shares the tank (either Peace or Quick. Translation is iffy), at Port of Nagoya Aquarium in Japan. 

All three were captured from Taiji.  [EDIT - Nick wasn’t captured in Taiji, he was caught in Nanao. The two bottlenose were from Taiji though]
With all animals placed into one single tank with nowhere for submissive animals to retreat to, aggression is rife at PoN, the bottlenose dolphins regularly pick on the PWS dolphins [x] [x] [x] [x]. You can see the behavior yourself on their webcam, along with tons of stereotypical behaviors (tip, turn your volume button down before clicking on link!). 
Source, Guyoo.

*breaking news* 

Bingo passed away at the Port of Nagoya Aquarium in Japan on August 2nd 2014. Captured in 1984, he spent 30 years in captivity, which is two more years than any other deceased whale but 15 years behind the oldest living orca in captivity. At 32 years old, he is now the oldest deceased whale to spend a significant amount of time in captivity. Bingo is the first deceased whale to reach average life expectancy for a male killer whale in the wild (30 years) and was sick for several months preceding his death. Bingo will be deeply missed by all those who cared about him. He was known for his unique eye patches, perfectly straight flukes and amazing length at over 21ft. Bingo leaves behind four calves, two named Ran and Rin who lived with him at Port of Nagoya and two, Lovey and Lara, who remain at Seaworld Kamogawa. 


Stella gave birth!

This morning, November 13, killer whale Stella (26 years old) gave birth to a baby safely at the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. This is the first time that an orca has been born at the aquarium.

At 40 minutes after 8:00 am, Stella went into labour. At 10:24am the female calf, 160-180 kg and 200 cm, was born safely. She has yet to begin breastfeeding, but the aquarium is watching and observing her closely.

In December of last year Stella, the baby’s father Bingo (estimated 30 years), and her sister Ran II (6 years) came to Nagoya from Kamogawa Sea World in Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture. - source


Gender: Female
Pod: N/A
Place of Capture: Born at Port of Nagoya Aquarium, Japan
Date of Capture: Born November 13, 2012
Age at Capture: Captive born
Current Location: Port of Nagoya Aquarium, Japan

On November 13, 2012, the Icelandic female Stella gave birth to her fifth calf at the Port of Nagoya Aquarium; a female named Rin, sired by the Icelandic male Bingo.

Stella, Bingo, and one of their daughters, Ran II, were all moved to the Port of Nagoya Aquarium in December 2011 following the devastating 2011 Tsunami. At the time of their move, Stella was already 7 months pregnant with Rin.

Unfortunately, Bingo died in August 2014, leaving behind Stella and 2 of her daughters - Ran II and Rin.

Today, Rin is 2 years old and remains at the Port of Nagoya Aquarium with her mother and sister. It is unclear if there are any future plans to breed them, as the only way would be through Artificial Insemination of the transfer of an unrelated breeding male to the Aquarium.

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Gender: Female
Pod: N/A
Place of Capture: Taiji, Japan
Date of Capture: October 1985
Age at Capture: Approx. 3 years

Sometime in October 1985, several Orcas were captured in Taiji, Japan. Three of the whales were released, while two were sent to the Taiji Whaling Museum; a male named Goro and a female named Nami. Goro was sold within a month, but Nami remained and was placed inside of a sea pen.

However, Nami was often very temperamental and aggressive towards her trainers, and was never used for waterworks or allowed to interact with the public. She was mostly used to perform basic behaviors.

During her time at the Museum, she would meet 3 other whales; Shachi, Asuka, and Ku. Unfortunately, Ku and Nami did not get along, and were separated for the 6 years they were at the Museum until Ku was sent to the Port of Nagoya Aquarium in 2003.

In 2008, it was believed that Nami was to be sold to a marine park in China, but was, instead, sold in February 2010 to the Port of Nagoya Aquarium for 5 million yen as part of a breeding program. When she arrived, she was placed with a dolphin and managed to befriend it, despite her negative history with other captive cetaceans.

Nagoya had made plans with Kamogawa Sea World to transfer two of their whales, Bingo and Stella, to Nagoya in 2011. It was hoped that Bingo and Nami would mate and produce a calf, but the tsunami in Japan that year delayed the transfer.

Unfortunately, Nami died on January 14, 2011 due to Pneumonia and a Fungal Infection (Pulmonary Zygomycosis with Cunninghamella bertholletiae). She had become sick twice but never fully recovered before her death.

During her necropsy, it was discovered that while she was still being held at the Taiji Whaling Museum, Nami had swallowed 491 stones, weighing a total of 180lbs.

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Bingo passed away

From the PONA website (using Google translator):

Death for killer whale of “Bingo”

4:57 August 2, 2014, at the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium medical killer whale pool, the killer whale “bingo” in spite of the hard treatment, I was suddenly passed away. I would like to thank everyone and thanks to many were please watch warmly until now.



Gender: Female
Pod: N/A
Place of Capture: Hatajiri Bay, Japan
Date of Capture: February 9, 1997
Age at Capture: Approx. 5 years

A group of 10 Orcas were captured on February 9, 1997 in Hatajiri Bay in Japan. Five of the whales were released, while the remaining five whales were kept and sold to marine parks.

One of the females, known as Ku, was sold to the Taiji Whaling Museum. When she arrived, her health immediately began to deteriorate and she lost weight. She reportedly had several tumors that were removed after being discovered. She was sickly for about a year until she finally began to recover and eat properly.

Ku was soon placed with the Museum’s other female, named Nami. However, Nami was an aggressive whale, and the pair were separated as they did not get along. Ku was the friendlier whale who was often used to interact with guests, sometimes being touched by them.

In October 2003, Ku was sent to the Port of Nagoya Aquarium on a 5 year breeding loan. Ku was trained for Artificial Insemination and staff hoped she would become pregnant; but she disliked the procedure and it was stopped with her.

Ku performed alongside several smaller dolphins and was typically a very friendly whale. In the mid-2000’s, however, she was recorded lunging at a trainer standing on the slideout who had been reaching over into a bucket of fish.

In July 2008, Ku began refusing to eat and became very ill. She was moved to the medical pool where she slowly got better and recovered in August.

Unfortunately, on September 19, 2008, Ku was found dead at the bottom of the medical pool due to apparent heart failure. She had reportedly contracted a Herpes virus that weakened her immune system.

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Killer Whale Facilities #2

Facility: Port Of Nagoya Public Aquarium

First Orca Held: Ku, lived 11 years in captivity. Captured during the Taiji drive fishery.

Last Death: Bingo, who died in August

Current Orcas Held: Stella, Ran 2, Rin

Total Orcas Held: 6

Deaths: 3

Average Age at Death: 25

Births: 1

Orcas From Wild: 4

Years Active: 2003-Present

Notable Facts: Port Of Nagoya has a fairly new orca program. While most people might say Port of Nagoya is a relatively good park, I would caution to say otherwise given that it has no problem with wild captures, and has obtained animals caught in the Taiji dolphin slaughter. Two of it’s orcas were caught in Japanese waters, two were caught in Iceland, one was born at another facility, and one was born at the aquarium in 2012. Port of Nagoya only has three females, all related to each other meaning to obtain new genes, they will have to import an already captive whale from another park, or capture one which they have expressed they have no problems with. In the past, orcas Nami and Ku were kept without other orca companions, and shared the exhibit with bottlenose dolphins. 

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