cute-whales:

theincredibleorca:

cute-whales:

does anyone still have that post which showed images of Hugo’s nose injury/stitched up nose?

Not the one you’re talking about, but I found this:

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thats exactly the one! thanks!

orcadiva:

Kiska’s dorsal fin is deteriorating fast.

orcadiva:

Kiska’s dorsal fin is deteriorating fast.

fortheocean:

OHH soo lucky

neaq:

It’s official. The bill has been signed and the trade of shark fins in Massachusetts is banned. See more pictures and learn how a 9 year-old kid spearheaded the passing of this bill.

b3n3aththesurfac3:

Dolphin Cove at Sea World Orlando - 7/23/14

Pox virus/Dolphin Pox

Cutaneous poxvirus infections in cetaceans can occur on any part of the body but are most common on the head, pectoral flippers, dorsal fin, and tail fluke. They range from ring or pinhole lesions to black, punctiform, stippled patterns (“tattoo” lesions). Ring or pinhole lesions appear as solitary, 0.5–3 cm, round or elliptical blemishes, which sometimes coalesce. They are usually light gray and may have a dark gray border, although the reverse color pattern is also seen. Lesions may persist for months or years without apparent ill effects. Stress, environmental conditions and general health appear to play a major role in the clinical manifestation of dolphin pox.

This virus does inflict both wild and captive cetaceans. The issue here, is that while environmental pollution plays a role in the development of this virus for wild animals, why would captive dolphins contract this if they have “the best veterinary care” in all the world? Sea World claims to have top of the line care for their animals, but these pictures show the opposite.

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b3n3aththesurfac3:

0ceanspirit:

I really do not understand this “oh my gosh it made me so excited to see this apex predator do this totally unnatural behavior strictly for my entertainment! I’m just so happy!” attitude.

Lol, I have an educator on video telling everyone that “all the behaviors they do are completely natural.” Okay lady.

Uhhhhhm, yes, because orcas always beach themselves then touch tongues. No?

I really do not understand this “oh my gosh it made me so excited to see this apex predator do this totally unnatural behavior strictly for my entertainment! I’m just so happy!” attitude.

You know something? I just realized that, all of those years at SeaWorld, I was helping to perpetuate this insane captivity industry. What a tragedy. It’s hard to believe that one can be so naïve. It’s a tough pill to swallow.
jmventre excerpt from Death at SeaWorld, David Kirby (via b3n3aththesurfac3) ←