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fightingforwhales:

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

fightingforwhales:

SRI LANKAN ORCAS: AN OVERVIEW

In General

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.

Photo Identification

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:

Photos

First photo: OM005 Titan attacking sperm whales by Shawn Heinrichs

Second photo: OM001 King by ChrisR

Third photo: OK008 Arya by Michaela Hanusova

Fourth photo: OM004 Ripple during a sperm whale attack by Shawn Heinrichs

pinkcloudturnedtogrey:

Orca whale watching Vancouver Island, Canada.

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alaskan-orca:

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.

alaskan-orca:

Male_Orca by sargent creek on Flickr.

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.

Sep, 21 / 17:39 / 39 notes / alaskan-orca

fightingforwhales:

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:

ANTI-CAPTIVITY SOURCES

General Overview of Orcas in Captivity:

Captures of Wild Orcas

Heath Problems/Injuries/Unnatural Deaths in Captivity

Wild Orca vs Captive Orca Lifespans

Stereotypical/Abnormal Behaviors in Captivity

Statements from Wild Orca Scientists

Info/Statements from Ex-Trainers

Captive Orca Attacks and the Deaths of Trainers

Aggression Between Captive Orcas

The Issue of Lolita the Orca

Kiska, Canada’s Loneliest Whale

Argentina’s Only Captive Orca: Kshamenk

Legal Battles Involving Orca Captivity

PRO-CAPTIVITY SOURCES

(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

Pro-Captivity Articles/Vidoes


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Sep, 21 / 15:05 / 2 notes

blackfishsound:

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.

blackfishsound:

via Spyhopper Travels Photography:

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.