- At least 144 orcas have been taken into captivity from the wild since 1961 (including Pascuala and Morgan).
- 125 of these (or 87%) orcas are now dead.
- In the wild, male orcas live to an average of 30 years (maximum 50-60 years) and 46 years for females (maximum 80-90…
Not everyone likes to rest. Often juveniles stay active while the pod snoozes.
-North Gulf Oceanic Society.
Eerie, beautiful, captivating images of sea urchins mating and being born (that little triangle guy is a baby sea urchin).
These are a glimpse of how life begins in the deep ocean — and there’s a lot of life down there. The oceans provide about 190 times as much living space as every other space on Earth — soil, air and fresh water — put together. A vast array of amazing creatures live in the depths of this watery world. Squid, jellyfish, and plankton are just a few of our favorites (all shown as tiny babies in that last gif).
Another great look at the alien world of the ocean. See closeups of coral here.
Bingo was captured 29 years ago this month. He was stolen from Icelandic waters, just like Tilikum. Bingo is the most successful breeding male in Japan. Bingo spent most of his life at Kamogawa, but was moved to Port of Nagoya in Dec 2011. He is father of the first calf born in Japan, Lovey. He has gone on to sire four more daughters, Lara, Sarah, Ran 2 and Rin. He had two unsuccessful pregnancies with Maggie. Bingo is also known as Thor.
Keiko animatronic used in “Free Willy”. They even replicated his papilloma virus! I love a good animatronic. I wonder where this one is? Probably in storage somewhere, assuming it’s still intact. Would be cool to have it on display somewhere, either at a movie studio park or even a museum.
I remember watching Free Willy when I was younger and there’s the scene when Jessie is making him pec-slap, and I always though that was the animatronic orca because the papilloma virus looked like soft material they’d use to enable the pec to move about properly, but it was just Keiko and his virus, the poor guy :c
Yeeeaa they actually replicated the papilloma onto the machine which is both cool and saddening!