Seaquarium will pay $7000 for endangering trainers in the water with captive orca Lolita.
"The agency has required Seaquarium to remove its trainers from engaging in “wet work and dry work performances” in the pool. Because of the serious nature of the violation OSHA is fining the Miami Seaquarium $7,000."
Maybe this will help her case re: being able to be moved to a sea-pen..? Judging by the videos I’ve watched of her performances, there’s not really a lot they can do with wet/dry work both removed? Besides have her jump around in that pathetic thimble of water.
When people will grow up and understand Tumblr is not a “war” where you need to “win” and force your “enemy” to leave?
What happened now? :(
Nothing, just commenting a post I saw on my dash
In the decade since Pudget Sound’s orca whales were protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), scientists behind a NOAA-led study reported Wednesday that these animals are still struggling to recover.
Scientists are “trying to understand … why the whales haven’t increased more than they have,” Mike Ford, director of the Conservation Biology Program at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, said, according to The Seattle Times.
The report, based on data collected over the last 10 years, revealed that Pudget Sound orcas are among the most contaminated marine mammals due to pollutants, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
The three biggest threats contributing to their decline are: lack of food, noise by marine vessels and pollution.
Despite recovery efforts, including a new rule preventing vessels from coming within 200 yards of any orca and designated critical habitat, the population isn’t bouncing back. Scientists are now learning from the study which fish the orcas prefer to eat, how they interact with one another, as well as why their population has fallen - all factors that may be useful in helping these animals.
"We’ve made some significant progress in understanding each of the three primary factors of decline," Ford said, as quoted by the AP.
For the NOAA study, researchers tracked orcas with acoustic monitoring and satellite tags, following their movements during winter migration. They found that the orcas, also known as southern resident killer whales, feast mostly on Chinook salmon from the Fraser River in British Columbia during the summer.
They also eat halibut, tend to hunt less, travel more and call more loudly when vessels are nearby. This Pudget Sound population will travel as far south as Central California to forage for food and eat salmon from the Columbia and Sacramento rivers, which has high levels of banned pollutants such as PCBs.
A decade ago, there were more than 140 of these animals roaming the seas, but they declined to as low as 71 in the 1970s when these orcas were captured to be displayed at marine parks and aquariums. In 2013, they numbered at only 82.
From 2003 to 2012, NOAA spent about $15.7 million on research and conservation projects, they said.
Orcas were declared endangered in 2005, and hopefully with continued recovery efforts and information from this study, scientists can help these animals flourish once more.
J16 Slick, J36 Alki and J42 Echo nuzzling each other.
Whale love!! 💙💙💙
YAY!!! YAY!!! Kat, hear this, the whale shipper doesn’t like our blogs because we, along with anyone with a brain, don’t ship suffering whales. Awesome!! Good. Bye. You will not be missed.
Hey anon, news flash. NOBODY WITH A BRAIN SHIPS WHALES. ESPECIALLY DEAD WHALES.
Seriously. This is the most disturbing behavior I have seen from pro-caps. Just disgusting.
Is it even serious?
I feel like shipping whales…
To fucking sea pens.
My favorite shipping: WhalesxFreedom
Only 3 and Makaio’s dorsal is already on the way down.
At the moment I am fighting for SeaWorld. I support SeaWorld because I know the facts, I have done my research, I know the animals, I know the trainers. The …
All you anti-caps need to take some time to shut up, sit down, and watch. When you’re done I want you to keep your mouth shut and leave. Don’t need anymore of you blabbering on about how “mistreated” the orcas are. Also I have permission to show this video.
First, you need to calm your tits. You have your opinion, we have ours. Second, no one will “shut up and leave”, Tumblr is a free website where anyone can post anything. I don’t wanna sound rude or anything but… Jeez…
Introducing the Social Intelligence Test! From what I can tell, it’s sponsored by Harvard and it’s rather interesting. The basis is you look at pictures of people going through different emotions and decide what emotion they’re feeling. The trick is, you can only see their eyes.
How well can you read people? I never thought I was good at it, but I scored rather high on this test. It was a very interesting experience! I highly recommend taking this!
13 out of 36…
23 out of 36
Your score on this test was 30 out of 36.
31 out of 36, nice
26 out of 36
Your score on this test was 30 out of 36.
31 out of 36
21 out 36. I felt kinda unconfortable with these eyes o.O