Kiska. She lost her most recent baby in 2009; the last of five she’s lost.
She looks so miserable.
She actually isn’t she rests at the surface for just a bit before swimming again, then being fed, having a tactile session. she does the same stuff as seaworld orcas besides performing.I really don’t want to argue with you or start a fight, but if you’d ever seen wild whales, you’d realize how abnormal this behavior is. The saddest thing about this is your willingness to explain it away and ignore what’s right in front of you. This animal is suffering, as they all suffer in these tanks, and by refusing to see it, you enable it. If you loved the whales, you’d want them to be happy and healthy more than you’d want them to be accessible to you. Again, I’m not trying to be bitchy, but I hope one day your eyes are opened and you’re able to see captivity for what it really is. These whales don’t deserve what’s happened to them and you shouldn’t turn a blind eye to it just because their keepers tell you to.
It’s videos like these that show just a visual contrasting difference to their behavior in the wild to their behavior in captivity.
Another post about my sweet Winnie.
An 80’s television show documents Nemo’s “happy” Move into Winnies tank. The guy talks about how much they get along and how they are building a bigger pool for the both of them. They’re full of BULLSHIT! I hate them! Nemo tortured Winnie for years, causing her traumatic brain damage. She didn’t perform once sea world brought her back because she was so terrified of nemo even though he was a good 25,000 miles away. She was eventually killed by poor living conditions in both sea world and Windsor. Because her death occurred in the 90’s no one really knows much about it. It is a prime example of abuse. To learn more about Winnie go to my earlier post on my blog named “My Whale”.
This is so sad.
Thanks for the info! I thought it did seem that way, as I stood there I briefly skimmed the last chapter to see how it ended (It was necessary). I just found Diane Hammond’s Facebook page after you mentioned this and it’s true! I’m turned off from the book as well.
Keiko’s tank at the Oregon aquarium. It’s now being used as a different exhibit for small marine life like sharks and rays. I’m never happy with any type of captivity, but if some of the animals can never retired in an open ocean pen, or be released…this tank would be much better. No tank is ever big enough, but I thought Keiko’s tank was a vast improvement.
What do y’all think? I think I would love to know that they were building tanks like this for the captive whales, this would be a step in the right direction. People could still pay to visit the whales and LEARN about them, but the whales don’t have to do shows.. And once they pass on the game is over. No breeding.
I agree with everything except the whole stop breeding thing- but that’s a different story.
Just thought I’d point out that his tank wasn’t all that big. Certainly not bigger than one of the back SWC pools. The depth and the improvements the animal care team made to make it “natural” is what really made the difference. Anyway I find that interesting…
It’s looks about the same size as G pool at SWF to me.
Still mad this didn’t stay a cetacean rehab centre like it was supposed to be
WHAT?! As big as G Pool or a back pool at San Diego?
Keiko’s tank in Oregon held nearly 2 million gallons of water which is as much as the show pool at San Antonio. Not to mention Keiko is just ONE orca…he didn’t have to share that space with 9 others.
Despite the exact size, he was still RETIRED and not forced to perform all hours of the day.
This is Spooky. He was born to Corky 2 on Halloween 1978 at Marineland of the Pacific in California. He only lived for 11 days, passing away on 11/10/78. His cause of death is listed as Pneumonia, Colitis.
❝ The moment her baby’s body left the water, Corky began slamming her enormous body into the tank walls again and again, making the whole stadium shake. She did this for over an hour but not once did she rise to attack any of the trainers who surrounded her calf. Staff took turns holding and walking the baby round the new tank twenty-four hours a day until she died a few days later. For three days Corky lay on the bottom of her tank, only rising to breathe before sinking back down with Orky swimming in slow laps above her. On the third morning, Orky vocalized to her and Corky rose from the bottom and ate for the first time since her baby was taken away. ❞
Keiko playing with one of the crabs in his tank.
Keiko’s tank in Oregon was made as natural as possible to prepare him for the ocean, so small sea animals like crabs was put in the tank.
Not having seen a crab during all his years in captivity in Canada and Mexico this was very new and exciting to Keiko and he would often pick up the crabs in his mouth and swim around with them. Never once did any of his trainers witness him killing a crab, in fact he was very gentle and careful with them.
This is a good example of how orcas know their own strength.
Keiko is without a doubt my favorite orca.
Keiko in Iceland
Observations of cetacean births are rare as well as are reports of the mother and calf behaviors immediately after birth. Scientists have observed the births of just five species in the wild: Orcas, sperm whales, belugas, false orcas and grey whales.
The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is the most studied baleen in the world, however no birth has ever been witnessed.
The birth of a humpback was described on the coast of Barra Grande, Bahia, northeastern of Brazil, was observed on August 2007, and published in 2011, but available online recently just in 2014. and is probably, the first record of a birth in this species.
However the area does not represent the main breeding concentration of humpback whales of this population and is characterized by a narrow continental shelf, instead of the wide continental shelf observed in the Abrolhos Bank.
- Photo: Stain of blood in the water soon after birth of the humpback.
- Photo: A piece of tissue, probably the placenta, floating a few meters from the mother and the calf.
- Photo: The calf and its color pattern.