#Orca News. These are news about captive orcas only (with a few exemptions)

These are news about captive orcas only (with a few exemptions). If you are interested in news about wild orcas, I suggest the fabulous Orca Network!June 13, 2014:

On Wednesday the U.S. Congress unanimously passed an amendment that will force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to update their rules that protect captive orcas and other marine mammals. Especially Lolita might benefit from this, since her tank at Miami Seaquarium is disgustingly inadequate. But the bill also increases the pressure on SeaWorld to reconsider their business model.

Source: The Dodo

June 11, 2014:

Voice of San Diego recently held a public roundtable about what SeaWorld and “Blackfish” mean for San Diego. It turned out to be very interesting and lively debate. Here are a couple links to a review and the complete event, which I highly recommend to watch:

 

Orcinus blog
USTREAM video of the debate

To comment on a specific question during the debate: Skyla was exactly 2 years and 4 days old when SeaWorld separated her from her mother Kalina. Also less then 3 years old at separation had been Katerina, Kayla, Keet and Kohana (more on that issue here).

June 11, 2014:

Here are a couple websites who provide further information about the captive killer whale situation in China and Russia, where a new facility is planned in St. Petersburg for 2017 (which is probably where some of the orcas at Nakhodka are supposed to go to):

 

China File
behind the glass of aquarium (on Russia)May 20, 2014:

32-year-old male Bingo is reported to be in poor health, suffering from inflammation in lung and bronchia. According to Port of Nagoya Aquarium, first signs of illness were detected in December last year, with confirmation of fever in early April plus an inflammation-like shadow on the lung in early May. Bingo is also moving rather slow and can no longer participate in the public show. Doesn’t sound good for poor Bingo…

Source: The Chunichi Shimbun

May 7, 2014:

The Russian Orcas Project has received the official reply from Rosrybolovstvo (Russian Fisheries Agency) about orcas captured in 2013. The Russian authorities confirmed that 6 orcas were captured: five by “Sochinsky Delphinariy” LLC and one by “Belyi Kit” LLC (“White whale”). They did not specify the age and sex of the captured orcas, neither the dates they were captured.

Source: Russian Orcas

Note: the one whale caught by “Belyi Kit” LLC is presumably the young male that went to Moscow

April 23, 2014:

9-year-old girl Kalia is pregnant, apparently due around December 2014. Ulises is rumoured to be the father through artificial insemination (AI). This means that Kalia was merely eight years old when SeaWorld AI’d her. There were (or maybe still are) plans to transfer Kalia to SeaWorld Texas, which would separate her from her mother Kasatka. One can only hope that SeaWorld doesn’t proceed with such an insane move (which, despite their press releases, they have done an awful lot of). Kalia needs all the help she can get, being forced into pregnancy at such a young age…

Source: Digital Journal

Note: in the article it is made known for the first time that Takara at SeaWorld Texas had a miscarriage in March 2012 (she had been AI’d with Kshamenk’s semen in July 2011).

April 23, 2014:

SeaWorld treats some of its marine mammals with psychoactive drugs, according to a judicial document. Trainers give their orcas the psychoactive drug benzodiazepine, according to the sworn affidavit filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in a dispute between the park company and the rival company Marineland.

Source: BuzzFeed

April 16, 2014:

SeaWorld has lost its appeal of safety citations issued by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Source: CNN

Source: www.orcahome.de

Resident orca whales suffer triple threat of pollution, noise and lack of food: U.S. study.

Triple threats of pollution, vessel noise and the availability of food are making it hard for a group of orca whales that live along the continent’s West Coast to increase beyond an estimated population of 80, says adecade-long U.S. study.

Southern resident orcas can be found in the Salish Sea off Vancouver Island and Washington State, and have been seen as far south asMonterey Bay, Calif., and as far north as Chatham Strait, Alaska.

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Lynne Barre, a spokesperson for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said Monday from Seattle, Wash., that experts don’t consider the southern residents in recovery, so the animals will remain an endangered species.    

“Right now, they’re not growing as fast as our recovery criteria would require for them to be taken off the Endangered Species List,” she said. “They’ve been hovering around the 80s for quite some time.”    

There are estimates the southern resident population once numbered at least 140 animals, and was perhaps as high as 200, but that was before nearly 50 were removed from the population in the 1960s and ’70s and placed into theme parks, Barre said.    

She said since 2003 NOAA scientists have collected data, ranging from fecal and biopsy samples to satellite-location data and behavioural observations, in order to provide a comprehensive look into the health of the population, and to inform recovery efforts.

Source: www.cbc.ca

Miami Seaquarium – how has this been allowed to spiral into such decay?

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No one warned me. Nor had I seen any other footage of Miami Seaquarium. I had only seen footage of Lolita the killer whale in one of the smallest captive killer whale tanks in the world. I wasnt prepared that when I visited Miami Seaquarium that I would be stepping back to the 1950′s.

It starts off pretty enough. Visitors drive over a beautiful bridge into Biscayne Bay – surrounded by water. The irony is not lost on me. The beauty ends as soon as you get to the park gates. Visitors are greeted with this welcoming sign.

 

As you can see it states that any photos/footage you make isnt allowed for public display: you must get written permission beforehand. Why is that? What do they have to hide? I have seen youtube videos of the dolphin and killer whale shows filmed by ordinary people who visited Miami Seaquarium. Did each and everyone of them get written permission beforehand? Is this just a scare tactic that Miami Seaquarium are using on its paying customers? I am sure that I didnt see any signs like this at SeaWorld. It all seems very suspicious to me.

As soon as I take five paces into the park it becomes all too apparent why there are no filming signs for public display at the front gate: A depression descends on me quick time. It appears as if the park has been left untouched in its original state since when it opened in 1955. The floor has cracks in it and is uneven, the buildings look something out of a bygone era, the public areas look like a concrete jungle with trees on either side – maybe the owners are hoping that the trees will disguise the fact that this marine park looks the same as when Ric o Barry trained captives back in the 1960s.

I am here to see Lolita. She is a magnificent killer whale who was captured in 1970 off of Puget Sound and has lived in what could be possibly one of the smallest ‘whale bowls’ since then. She is in a tank which measures 60-foot by 80-foot by 20 feet deep. She has many, many good people working for her to get her to a seapen so she will have more space, learn to hunt again and possibly be reunited with her family.

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Plastic Bank: Harvesting Waste Plastic to Reduce Poverty Through 3D Re-purpose Center for Social Plastic & Ocean Bound Plastic.

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The Plastic Bank is turning plastic waste into a currency that can be exchanged to help lift people out of poverty & transition them into a self-sustaining life of entrepreneurship. 

We are setting up re-purposing / exchange centers for plastic waste in areas that have a high concentration of poverty and plastic pollution. Our mandate is to provide a ladder of opportunity for the world’s poor to ascend from poverty by providing access to education, opportunities and 3D printing services. 

The exchange process for our recycled “Social Plastic” improves the life of a disadvantaged person while cleaning our planet. 

Our goal is to lead the movement towards worldwide demand for the use of Social Plastic in everyday products. The higher the worldwide demand becomes, the higher the reward will be for harvesting Social Plastic. 

Join our Social Plastic movement to start changing the world through your purchasing power.

“I Demand Corporations Use Recycled Ocean/Social Plastics: The Plastic Bank”

See on plasticbank.org

May 9, 2014 We are watching and visiting the whales in their home Please observe, love and respect them from a distance.

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On May 1 J26, Mike, was photographed off the Russian River, about 50 miles north of San Francisco, on May 1, the first record of J pod off California. Yesterday (Thursday) morning they apparently rounded Neah Bay and headed into the Salish Sea, then were seen passing San Juan Island heading north this morning (Friday), and coming back south down Boundary Pass this evening. That adds up to well over 850 miles traveled in less than eight days, confirming once again the orcas’ ability to travel more than 100 miles per day over long periods. As this report goes out J pod is chattering mightily on the Orcasound hydrophones.

Back in June 2007 members of L pod were photographed in Chatham Strait, Southeast Alaska. Previously thought to range only as far north as the Queen Charlotte Islands, B. C., this sighting extended their known range about 200 miles to the north. The same whales were photographed 8 days later off Victoria BC., over 800 miles to the south, which was the first confirmation of 100 miles per day as typical travel speed. This amazing tendency to travel great distances, even with young juveniles and a 100+ year-old great-great-grandmother, may be contrasted with the typical tank sizes found in captive orca entertainment parks.

A large group of Transients called the T65As, with the new baby, were still around southwestern Georgia Strait, but as J pod came north today the Bigg’s Whales progressed further north.

Gray whales haven’t been seen off South Whidbey Island since May 5, which is an early departure if indeed they have left for the spring.

A young minke whale was seen and photographed romping around with its mother May 3. The NE Pacific Minke Whale Project analyzed the photos and provides a wealth of knowledge about these minke whales and minkes worldwide.

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Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31.

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Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31

Breaking new ground in ocean exploration and honoring the 50th anniversary of the monumental legacy left by Fabien’s grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau who is credited with creating the first ocean floor habitats for humans and leading a team of ocean explorers on the first attempt to live and work underwater. 

Mission 31 Will Go Deeper

Based twice as deep as the original Cousteau Conshelf Two expedition in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary aboard Aquarius, the only underwater marine habitat and lab in the world.

Mission 31 Will Go Longer

Fabien and his team of aquanauts will be the first mission of this length to take place in Aquarius and will concurrently pay tribute to his grandfather’s Conshelf Two mission by expanding the Cousteau legacy by one full day for a total of 31 days.

See on www.thedodo.com