That inquisitive orca is back at the surfing beach Uluwatu in Bali!
He was spotted about 2 weeks ago checking out the surfers; he made a reappearance again today.
Apparently he’s from a pod of orcas from Sri Lanka, and might have a harpoon stuck in his tail from a run-in with traditional whalers.
Photo by radigjuliana on Instagram
SRI LANKAN ORCAS: AN OVERVIEW
The orcas that visit the waters of Sri Lanka are not well known and are quite mysterious; in fact, only 11 individuals have been identified. The Orca Project Sri Lanka was started in 2013 in order to better understand the orcas that frequent the island. Even though there are many unanswered questions about these whales, here’s what we do know:
- They are likely wide-ranging, mammal-eating orcas.
- They have been seen preying upon sperm whales, beaked whales and blue whales; the most recent and well-documented attack on sperm whales by orcas in Sri Lanka can be seen here.
- Orcas have been seen near Mirissa, Kalpitya, and Trincomalee.
Sri Lanka is an island off the southern tip of India:
As you can see, orcas have been spotted all around the island.
Because Sri Lankan orcas are so elusive and hard to find, only 11 individuals have been successfully photo-identified and cataloged. All orcas are assigned a code, and a nickname. Let’s look at the male orca OM005 “Titan”. The ‘O’ stand for orca, and the ‘M’ stand for Mirissa, the place he was first spotted. and ‘005” means he was the 5th whale to be added to the catalog. All of the whales’ ID codes start out with “O”, but the second letter depends on where they were first seen. It can either be “M” for Mirissa, “K” for Kalpitya, or “T” for Trincomalee, or “O” for other.
Here are the ID charts for all 11 cataloged whales:
Second photo: OM001 King by ChrisR
Third photo: OK008 Arya by Michaela Hanusova
Orca whale watching Vancouver Island, Canada.
This is Gulf of Alaska transient (GOA) AT37 Lituya. She was recently spotted by NGOS a few days ago traveling with her family in Montague Strait.
AT37 Lituya is a successful matriarch and mother. She has had three confirmed calves in the past ten years: AT80 Yakutat, AT81 Yakutaga, and a newborn calf who was born sometime this year. She also has a probable adult son, AT72 Spencer.
Fun fact: AT37 Lituya was tagged a few years ago and her and her family traveled nearly 2,500 miles in a single month!
Photo by NGOS.
Very old photo of AK1 Hive, supposedly taken near Kodiak; the AK6s are usually found in the Kenai Fjords, some 300 miles away from Kodiak.
Have you seen Blackfish? Curious about orcas in captivity? Want to know more about how it affects them? Here is a comprehensive list of the bulk of the issues, from both pro-captivity and anti-captivity perspectives, to satisfy your thirst for knowledge about this controversial issue:
General Overview of Orcas in Captivity:
- What IS so Bad About SeaWorld?
- Killer Controversy: Why Orcas Should No Longer be Kept in Captivity
- Killer Whales Don’t Belong in Captivity—and Here’s Why
- The Case Against Killer Whale Captivity
- Blackfish: How Captivity Affects Killer Whales
- Killer Whales Should Not be Held Captive
- The Debate: Anti-Captivity Views
- Blackfish Director: Killer Whales Don’t Belong in Captivity
Captures of Wild Orcas
- The Penn Cove Orca Captures
- Rounding Up Shamu with Don Goldsberry
- Orca Stories—Penn Cove—Don Goldsberry of SeaWorld Inc.
- The Heartbreaking Real-Life Capture of Orcas
- North Eastern Pacific Captures
- North Western Pacific Captures
- Icelandic Captures
- Impact of the Captures Between 1962 and 1973 on the Southern Resident Killer Whale Community
- Orca Pod Destroyed in Japan
- Russian Orca Capture 2003
- Russian Orca Captures: The Inside Story
- Two Orcas Taken in Illegal Capture in Russia
- Corky Hears Her Family
Heath Problems/Injuries/Unnatural Deaths in Captivity
- The Hidden Cost of Captivity: Orca Health of Killer Whales Exposed
- Dorsal Fin Collapse in Killer Whales Explained
- Winnie the Orca Ingests Coins, Tiles, and Other Objects
- Kotar’s Skull Crushed by Gate
- Captive Orcas and Mosquitoes
- Killer Whale Captivity: Is Shamu Stressed?
- SeaWorld Orca Missing Huge Chunk of Chin
- What’s Eating Keet, SeaWorld’s Captive Killer Whale?
- SeaWorld’s Killer Whales Doped Up on Valium to Deal With Captive Life
- Keto and Tilikum Express the Stress of Orca Captivity
Wild Orca vs Captive Orca Lifespans
- Life Expectancy of Orcas in Captivity
- Survival Rates in Captivity
- How Long Do Orcas Live?
- Everything Wrong With SeaWorld’s Claims About Orca Lifespan
- SeaWorld Talks Killer Whale Life Expectancy and Fails Miserably
- 103-Year-Old Killer Whale Roaming the Canadian Coast
- The Truth About Wild Orca Lifespans
- NOAA Statement on Wild Orca Lifespan
- Do Killer Whales Live Longer in a SeaWorld Tank or the Ocean?
Stereotypical/Abnormal Behaviors in Captivity
- When the Orcas Aren’t Performing
- Keet Blowing Bubbles
- Keet Blowing Bubbles Part II
- Kalia Lies Motionlessly On Slideout
- Tilikum Floats at Surface with Mouth Hanging Open
- Kamogawa Sea World Orcas Throw Themselves on Slideouts
- Ulises Floats Motionlessly
- Ikaika Lying on Bottom of Tank
- Corky in a Comatose State
- Gifs and Videos of Abnormal and Stereotypical Behaviors
Statements from Wild Orca Scientists
- Kenneth Balcomb on Captivity
- Eva Saulitis on Captivity
- Dr. Ingrid Visser Speaks on Orcas in Captivity
- Orca Expert (Paul Spong) Provides Insight
- Ken Balcomb and Lolita (end of video)
Info/Statements from Ex-Trainers
- Ex-SeaWorld Trainers Speak Out Against Captivity
- Kim Ashdown, Former Trainer
- Blowing the Whistle—Ex-SeaWorld Orca Trainers Speak Out
- Jeff Ventre, Former Trainer
- Former Trainer Says Killer Whale Captivity Causes Attacks
- Samantha Berg, Former Trainer
- Blackfish Backlash: Former SeaWorld Trainer Carol Ray Speaks with Latin Times About Movement Started by Controversial Film
- Exclusive Interview: Former SeaWorld Trainer John Jett PhD Talks Tilikum
Captive Orca Attacks and the Deaths of Trainers
- List of Attacks in Captivity
- The Debate: Dangers to Trainers
- Kasatka Attacks and Nearly Drowns Ken Peters [Video]
- Brian Rokeach Bitten and Held Underwater By Orkid [Video]
- Kyuquot Attacks Steve Aibel *note: video is incorrectly labled as Dawn Brancheau*
- Original Shamu Attacks Annette Eckis [Video]
- Attack at Marineland France [Video]
- Orca Lunges at Trainer at Japanese Aquarium [Video]
- Orkid and Splash Attack Trainer Tamaree and Break Her Arm [Video]
- Lolita Snaps at Guests [Video]
- Killer in the Pool (comprehensive report of the deaths of Keltie Byrne, Dawn Brancheau, and Daniel Dukes)
- Blood in the Water (Death of Alexis Martinez)
Aggression Between Captive Orcas
- The Death of Kandu 5
- Killer Whale Bled to Death After Breaking Jaw in Fight
- Do Orcas at Marine Parks Injure One Another?
- Trials of Tekoa
- Strikes, Bites and Blood: The Graphic Case for Releasing Morgan, the Wild-Born Orca, From Captivity
- Gudrun Attempts to Drown Daughter Nyar
- Shamu Cam Aggression [Video]
- Kalia Raking Ulises
The Issue of Lolita the Orca
- A Day in the Life of Lolita, the Performing Orca
- Lolita’s Life Before Capture
- Lolita’s Capture
- Lolita Today
- Lolita: Slave to Entertainment
- Liberating Lolita
- From Washington State to Miami, Florida: Lolita’s Story
- Lolita the Orca—Caught, Bought, and Betrayed by the Hertz Family
- Is There Hope for Lolita, the World’s Loneliest Orca?
- Lolita the Orca: Facts, Legal Issues, and How to Get Her Home
- Lolita’s Retirement Plan
Kiska, Canada’s Loneliest Whale
- Marineland Conditions for Killer Whale Still Substandard
- Marineland: Killer Whale Bleeding for Months, Trainer Says
- The Life of Kiska
- Marineland In Depth: Kiska Suffers at Marineland
- Free Kiska: The Loneliest Killer Whale in the World
- It’s Time to Relocate Kiska, the “World’s Loneliest Orca”
- Marineland Killer Whale is Ill
Argentina’s Only Captive Orca: Kshamenk
- Sam Simon Says Kshamenk is ‘Most Abused Orca in the World’
- Kshamenk History
- Kshamenk Needs Humans to Help Him, Not Exploit Him
- Free Kshamenk
- Kshamenk—Not What We Thought, Something Bigger
Legal Battles Involving Orca Captivity
- SeaWorld vs OSHA
- Court Denies SeaWorld Appeal of OSHA Citations
- Here’s All the Places Around the World That Ban Orca Captivity
- NY “Blackfish” Bill to Ban Orca Captive Orcas Approved by Senate Committee
- "Blackfish" Inspires California Orca Bill
- California Bill Would Ban SeaWorld Orca Shows
- Bill to Ban Captive Orcas Put on Hold in California
(Please note: I do not agree with nor endorse any of the articles below, but I included both sides of the argument for the sake of fairness. In addition, I know this list is small, but please understand that it is extraordinarily difficult to find orca-specific articles from a pro-captivity point of view that actually focus on orcas alone. If you know of any more articles, please message me and I will gladly include them on this list.)
Statements from SeaWorld
- Truth About Blackfish
- Health and Daily Care
- Research Publications at SeaWorld
- Social Structure
- 69 Reasons You Shouldn’t Believe Blackfish
- SeaWorld Responds to Questions About Captive Orcas
Another photo of little L120 by James Mead Maya.
We on the Peregrine were able to spend a bit of time on both our trips today with L120. So exciting to see L86 and the calf. Here are a few images of the day, and a bit of Mt. Baker. Haro Strait off of Eagle Pt., San Juan Islands, WA.
Good morning! I was finally able to see the new baby yesterday and I just had to share because who doesn’t like baby pictures? This isn’t the best image, but this was the first I was able to snag of little L120 with her mother, L86 Surprise!. We were sitting at the lighthouse waiting for the whales to come by when this little cork popped to the surface. What a very special surprise to witness such a tiny little orca.
Photography ©Katie Jones, all rights reserved.