Ikaika and Orkid (by EchoBeluga)
Hunting birds is a pretty common practice among captive Orcas, and what’s interesting to me is that the majority of captive borns know how to hunt them, not just the wild caughts. I know Orkid and Kalia are seen hunting birds on a very regular basis.
Orcas have a very distinct hunting instinct-they are the top predators of the ocean, after all. This being said, isn’t it a form of deprivation in captivity to not allow them to travel and hunt as they would in the wild? I know a lot of people say that captives don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from, but I really don’t see that as a benefit.
Hunting is a huge form of stimulation, problem solving, exercise, and social bonding time for orca pods. To not be able to do this in captivity leaves them with a huge chunk of their daily lives missing. It saddens me to see that these fish-eating Orcas are reduced to meagerly catching a bird or two to try and satiate their wild instinct to hunt