two orcas

Senses of Autumn

One more late-posted work! This is a commissioned piece I finished back in October. The characters here are two orcas, Nick and Notch, and one of them has no eyes! This led me to the thought: what such whale could feel? The warmth, touches, sounds of the ocean and it’s inhibitants.

I’m a little confused of the top left part being a bit empty, but besides it - I’m quite proud of this work!

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Trunko, aka “The Margate Monster” is a cryptid/globster from South Africa. Many witnesses saw the beast fighting two Orca whales and described it as a giant polar bear with a trunk. Many more people observed its carcass when it washed up on shore and rested there for ten days. One of the most fascinating things about the case is that no pictures of the beast were known until 2010, when four pictures were discovered in old records. Based on the newly discovered pictures, some experts believe that trunko was a known marine animal like a basking shark, partially decomposed. The orcas weren’t fighting it, but instead were tossing its already dead corpse out of the water.

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Alas, I do not know the source of this clip. But apparently it is taken in New Zealand. Two Orca in crystal clear waters. Just magical…

#orca #whale #ocean #newzealand #sea #magical #underwater #underthesea #whales #nature

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I don’t really know her, but she’s very kind ! “ - ???

She’s a beautiful lady. “ - Purim

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What an incredible encounter on June 26,2016!

The Laki Tours Whale Watching encountered 3 groups of orcas.“Two of the youngster (possibly SN116 "Aquamarin” and SN115 “Dropi”) started teasing each other with breaches,spyhops and tail-stands!“

Photos’ credit goes to ©Marie Mrusczok

Momma’s Boy

My new piece for Ocean-Sky-12 on DA! :)

I decided to do family-themed drawing and I remember the fact that many male orcas oftenly get called “Momma’s Boys”. And here are two orcas, Sebastian (X-11) and his momma Skye (X-10).

I’m sorry I didn’t upload this yesterday, that was a busy day. 

Day after day, watching an adult male orca, Kanduke, who regularly rammed himself as hard as possible into the cement walls, metal gates, and glass panels in the show pool, his chin, teeth, and rostrum were so bloody and beat up, we sometimes were not allowed to bring him out to do shows because management said he just looked too bad for the public to see. As if it weren’t bad enough to watch him injure himself, I recall the heartache of watching him be physically attacked by the other orcas on a regular basis. Kanduke died of a condition that would never occur in the wild—a mosquito-transmitted encephalitis.
I watched an absolute wonder of the birth of two baby orcas, but then I also watched in horror as Kalina, the original baby Shamu, was forcibly removed from the only family she knew to be moved to another park when she was just four years old. I saw the unmistakable mourning and desperation of her mother, Katina, who was left behind. To this day, Katina has had five of her seven offspring taken from her.
I watched an orca named Gudrun suffer a serious jaw injury during an altercation with another whale and it took her weeks to be able to eat normally. She was never fully able to close her mouth after that.
I have watched dolphins suffer and fight through force feedings, only to starve and die. I have seen orcas almost drown in nets that trainers deploy. I have seen animals trapped in gates and writhe in pain. I have watched these normally docile-by-nature animals lunge at, and attempt to attack their trainers. Animals are inseminated and impregnated often at unnatural intervals and at ages that are way too young. Their teeth are chipped, broken, and unhealthy. I have had handfuls of orca skin come off in my hands from sunburn. I could go on and on, unfortunately. And these really are only a few glimpses into the real world whales and dolphins live in when they live in captivity. They are not the things you will be shown when you take a VIP tour, or you go to a show, or you listen to the things that people who currently work in the industry will share with you. But this is what happens in captivity.
—  Carol Ray, former SeaWorld trainer, in support of SB-5666, the bill to ban cetacean captivity in Washington state
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The chase by roar colbiornsen

From the photographer: Two orcas chasing herring in the Andenes fjord. No chance of getting sunburned today. A rather heavy gale and waves about 3,5 to 4 meters

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Untitled by Thorbjørn Riise Haagensen
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Morning swim for two killer whales (orcas) at Kvaløya