TAIJI WHEN WILL YOU LEARN IT’S NOT FUCKING COOL TO KILL DOLPHINS.
Another photo from Orca Research Trust.
On a much brighter note, 3 new orcas have managed to make it to the age of 2 meaning they have now received a name!
Baby A101 (pictured above) will be known as Kamux.
Baby A102 will be known as Tuzo.
And baby D27 will be known as Fitz.
Congratulations to the calves and their mothers!
A virus killing bottlenose dolphins by the hundreds along the Atlantic seaboard has spread to the Indian River Lagoon, with foreboding consequences for dolphins that spend their lives here.
And the dead just keep washing up.
"We’re basically on high alert, expecting a dolphin every day," Megan Stolen, a research scientist at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, told Local 6 News partner Florida Today.
In August alone, Hubbs researchers found 18 dead bottlenose dolphins: a dozen from the lagoon (eight of them calves), and the others along the beach and in the Halifax River.
On average, 26 dolphins wash up dead or strand in the lagoon region annually, Hubbs researchers say. Including beachside, about 70 dolphins die per year in the lagoon region. This year, 67 have already died, with 32 of those in the lagoon.
And many more may be on the way.
"Because we have this sort of smoking gun right now, that’s where all of where our attention is going," Stolen said.
Past surveys by Hubbs have counted about 660 bottlenose dolphins that spend their lives almost exclusively in the lagoon.
Researchers have recently been finding dead mothers, and then days or weeks later, their orphaned calves.
On Thursday, Hubbs responded to a dead calf being pushed by its mom at the Port St. John boat ramp.
Tests are pending, but dolphins in the lagoon are showing telltale signs of morbillivirus — skin and oral lesions. The dolphins also can appear skinny, swim erratically, and make sounds from their blow hole as if they’re coughing.
Hubbs is urging anyone who sees a dolphin showing such symptoms to call a state wildlife alert hotline as soon as possible, because fresh samples are key to determining cause of death.
Photo • Kelsey Curtis
Morgan (14-10-2014) HLK
”She gets along so well with the others.”
That is not getting along well with the other orcas. She’s full of rakemarks even more so than she should be. This is disgusting.
:( poor little girl.
If anyone says it’s the lightning making the rakemarks look worse like they did with Tekoa, then I’ll lose my shit.
And what’s that marking on her chin?
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You’d be suprised at how many people care about cetaceans! Currently I have 5,584
Like many animals in captivity, orcas and dolphins have been known to exhibit stereotypy, or abnormal, stereotypical behavior. This behavior is a repetitive habit that has no actual goal or function.
Many of the more unnatural behaviors the animals are taught to do on command, become habits by cetaceans, and may lead to dangerous situations. The most common form of this is the use of the slideouts.
Of course the most common and easy to spot symptom of stereotypy is repetitive behavior. In orcas this is observed in their consistent, repetitive behavior of sliding in and out of the tanks in their free time. In the wild, this behavior is generally considered neurotic, and dangerous. If cetaceans remain beached for too long, their body weight can crush their internal organs.
This makes me so sad. Morgan used to rule the ocean, now she’s this.
She’s so little still. The thought of her having to spend her entire life in that place kills me. Don’t people see that she deserves so much more? They all do.
I agree. When it all comes down to it, this is a big part of the reason SeaWorld is being targeted by people. They have the potential to be the world’s best dolphin/whale rescue and rehab center with real educational value (kind of like where Keiko lived in Oregon, but on a larger scale). Instead they’re literally nothing more than a circus and they’ve got too much blood on their hands to take seriously anymore. It’s the worst.