whales of the world

Is it not curious, that so vast a being as the whale should see the world through so small an eye, and hear the thunder through an ear which is smaller than a hare’s? But if his eyes were broad as the lens of Herschel’s great telescope; and his ears capacious as the porches of cathedrals; would that make him any longer of sight, or sharper of hearing? Not at all.—Why then do you try to “enlarge” your mind? Subtilize it.
—  Moby Dick, Ch. 74

Karia, a killer whale at SeaWorld San Diego, has perfected a technique in which he lures birds close before lunging towards his prey. In the clip, sea birds are seen assembled at the side of the pool and are more than interested in the fishy morsels offered up by Kalia.However, the powerful sea beast is merely tempting the birds to be within striking distance of his powerful jaws. (Source)

Reminder that a wild Orca called Granny died this week (well most likely she’s missing presumed dead) at the grand old age of 105. Tilikum died at 35. Captivity kills.

Can’t believe ppl are calling Tilikum a murderer, as if shoving an animal into a mentally unstimulating space barely large enough for its needs, forcing it to go through repetitive training and tricks for food and not allowing it to engage in natural behaviors would somehow NOT cause some sort of psychological impact on the animal.
Yes, Tilikum was dangerous. He’d never been ‘safe’ based on his history but he was a large, intelligent animal trapped in an environment that didn’t meet his needs and dealing with the frustrations caused by it, and Sea World somehow thought allowing people to interact directly with some of the largest and most intelligent apex predators in the world was a good idea.
Yes, Tilikum killed Dawn Brancheau. But let’s not act like Sea World wasn’t complacent in her death. And Tilikum deserved better than to be shoved in a box full of water and forced into isolation after it became apparent he didn’t 'play nice’.

R.I.P Tilikum

I can’t believe it, but I just found this photo in a box in my basement, this is a photo of Sea World, 1980 (before I was born)! I wonder which one of the whales this is…poor thing…

UPDATE: I’ve been informed by @dutchorca-art of the identity of this whale: “That’s Ramu, a Southern Resident from K-pod, captured in February of 1967, at an estimated 4 years old. He lived in captivity for 11 years, dying at around 15 years old at SeaWorld Florida in 1982. He was also rented by the US Navy for an experiment on orca hearing. He’s easily recognized by his gorgeous open saddle!”