fightingforwhales:

Boys are confusing and make me want to beat my head into a wall.

You’re not alone.

freeoceanus:

Going through some of the orca profiles from Seaworld and I’m noticing few things.

What the hell is an ‘eye burn’? And when it nearly blinded Ulises in 2007 what happened? Is there anything else on this?

I wonder how he even got it

b3n3aththesurfac3:

teamorkid:

b3n3aththesurfac3:

voicesofthedistantsea:

b3n3aththesurfac3:

teamorkid:

Malia was sick. She is doing better now. She’s not pregnant. Stop the rumors, please.

okay, no one is 100% sure what was going on in those photos, so we were speculating and I was not implying that she was definitely pregnant….

No you didn’t mention any names but I’m the only person that had those photos and videos, lol! I happened to be on your blog because you said she was sick so I was looking to see if you had discussed it anywhere else, and I saw that post so I just wanted to let you know that I wasn’t trying to start rumors. If you don’t mind my asking, what/who was your credible source on the info about Malia? I never saw anything about that from anyone here on tumblr, that would have been good information to share with everyone if you knew she was sick. If we would have known that, then we probably would have assumed she was just getting a check up because she had previously been sick. That’s weird that you wouldn’t share that :/ anyway, it’s still a possibility for them to start training her for AI so I don’t think it was unreasonable for anyone to be speculating that. It is SeaWorld after all! Lol

But after you posted the photos and videos a lot of comments started, and it was about them I was talking about. There was no information about it here and I didn’t feel like sharing anything unless she got worse, because of rumors people would start, “Malia is sick” would be read as “Malia is dying” by some. She is fine now and as far as I know, it has nothing to do with AI training.

Well here is what happened:
They fed her gelatin
Flipped her over
One female trainer wrapped this fire hose looking item around her lower half and started moving it back and forth as if she were rubbing it against Malia’s skin
While she did that the guy started pressing on her lower stomach in different sections
Then, another female trainer is standing behind them with gloves on and a clear tube
Unfortunately I didn’t see any more than that because other guests interrupted me to talk to me and sit down next to me.
If she was sick, and you are against captivity, if it were me I would share that information if I was sure it was correct. Who did you say your source was? It’s important to call out things that happen at SW because if enough people are speaking about it then they will have to answer. It’s not that we want anyone to be sick, or that I don’t understand that animals get sick (it happens!) but the point is that SW hides behind layers and layers of secrecy. Even if it were a minor “cold”, they should be open about it and then they could have explained what they were doing to treat her and reassure us that they are doing their best to care for a sick animal in their park. I’m not trying to be rude or argumentative, but I really just think that would be an important thing to share if you were positive that were the truth. That being said, it didn’t look like they were checking for any type of sickness, why would they flip her over? Of course we are speculating about possible AI, they AI’d Kalia at age eight so we are inferring that they would do the same to another whale at another park. To me, it looked like it had something to do with her reproductive organs. It’s okay to speculate and discuss what would be going on, it isn’t starting rumors at all.

The item you described is used to keep them close to the edge of the pool while they probably collected a blood sample from her flukes (the tube). The other trainer was probably pressing her stomach to see if she had any discomfort. I doubt they’d be training her for AI with the park full of guests.

freeoceanus:

corkyii:

Would moving Nakai be a death wish? I saw a thread and cetacean-captivity mentioned moving Nakai to Japan. ( I would have reblogged the thread but that’s all I really wanted to comment on). The last time a male orca this age was separated from it’s mother, it died the next year and I would really hate for anything bad to happen to Nakai. Kasatka didn’t handle Takara’s move well either and I just don’t think separating them is a good idea.

IF an animal is to be moved to Japan, I could see perhaps Ike being moved, as Ike has been moved and is right around breeding age now, and is genetically useless to Seaworld. Tuar might be a good candidate too, not that I want to see any moved or breeding for that matter but if it IS going to happen, Ikaika seems like the best choice? Or they could send perhaps Tekoa (I’m not sure if Kamagowa would be a step up from Loro for him or not, but I doubt it could be worse, and he could at least have Earth)

idk I don’t like thinking about it as I’d prefer no animals were moved, especially in the name of breeding but I don’t doubt there is a chance it could happen

I can’t imagine orcas would be moved to Japan (from Seaworld) for two reasons.

Given the backlash against cetacean captivity in the US I don’t believe even Seaworld is stupid enough to send a male orcas away, given both the likelihood of his death while away from his mother, and the inevitable light it would shine on Seaworld’s current links to Taiji. (Then again, I’ve said that in the past about Seaworld and they have a real ability to surprise me with their stupidity).

Secondly, Port of Nagoya Aquarium is Kamagowa’s closest ‘trading partner’ and PoN is completely open about it’s willingness and intentions to capture wild orcas should it’s current ‘stock’ run too low.

Unfortunately it’s seems that any future breeding males in Japan are going to be Russian caught, and with up to ten new orcas likely to be caught this year I don’t see where else they can go/would be wanted.

I wouldn’t want any Orcas to be moved to Japan, it would be a long a stressful trip for them an dyes, it would be a death sentence. Nakai is the matriarch son, he’s used to be dominant and protected by his mother. In Japan the females have been acting aggressive with Earth, a member of their family, what wouldn’t they do with a new male? Besides, I don’t think it’s fair to keep more Orcas in this space. I’ve explained many times why I don’t think it’d be safe to move Nakai, if anyone is interested: [x][x].

While it is tempting to ascribe “Resident” and “Transient” attributes to killer whales in Norway, Iceland, Antarctica, and elsewhere, scientists say there are just not enough data to support such comparisons, with the exception of New Zealand and possibly Alaskan orcas.
Death at SeaWorld - David Kirby

b3n3aththesurfac3:

voicesofthedistantsea:

b3n3aththesurfac3:

teamorkid:

Malia was sick. She is doing better now. She’s not pregnant. Stop the rumors, please.

okay, no one is 100% sure what was going on in those photos, so we were speculating and I was not implying that she was definitely pregnant….

No you didn’t mention any names but I’m the only person that had those photos and videos, lol! I happened to be on your blog because you said she was sick so I was looking to see if you had discussed it anywhere else, and I saw that post so I just wanted to let you know that I wasn’t trying to start rumors. If you don’t mind my asking, what/who was your credible source on the info about Malia? I never saw anything about that from anyone here on tumblr, that would have been good information to share with everyone if you knew she was sick. If we would have known that, then we probably would have assumed she was just getting a check up because she had previously been sick. That’s weird that you wouldn’t share that :/ anyway, it’s still a possibility for them to start training her for AI so I don’t think it was unreasonable for anyone to be speculating that. It is SeaWorld after all! Lol

But after you posted the photos and videos a lot of comments started, and it was about them I was talking about. There was no information about it here and I didn’t feel like sharing anything unless she got worse, because of rumors people would start, “Malia is sick” would be read as “Malia is dying” by some. She is fine now and as far as I know, it has nothing to do with AI training.

voicesofthedistantsea:

b3n3aththesurfac3:

teamorkid:

Malia was sick. She is doing better now. She’s not pregnant. Stop the rumors, please.

okay, no one is 100% sure what was going on in those photos, so we were speculating and I was not implying that she was definitely pregnant. there are no rumors, just ideas were thrown out there.

As far as I know, B3 didn’t say she was. Stop looking for trouble where there isn’t any.

I never said she did, did I? Did I mention any names on my post? I’m simply commenting a post I saw on my dash. Sorry, I forgot that now everything on tumblr is about “looking for trouble”. And I’m a bit surprised you both are reblogging something I posted like 2 days ago without tags. I have a reliable source that told me days ago that Malia had stopped eating and had been in the medical pool for a few days. She’s not pregnant. It’s not because they were examinating her belly that it means there’s a baby inside. Not every ultrasound is to check ovulation/pregnancies, I’ve seen pictures of Splash, Adan and Bjossa having ultrasound for other medical reasons. If telling the truth to end the rumors is “looking for trouble” I apologize.
Finally reading “Death at SeaWorld” :D

I’ll post some interesting quotes for you guys later

hellothewhalessay:

Swimming by taisukekato on Flickr.
passion4killerwhales:

Don’t do this to my heart

passion4killerwhales:

Don’t do this to my heart