I’ve been debating with myself about posting this because I’m predicting some people not being too happy about it, and I know some people already know, but I wanted to share the ultrasound video because I think it’s pretty interesting.
For those who don’t know: Kalia is pregnant and due in December of this year. The father is thought to be Ulises by artificial insemination.
I thought something was up when I saw her being given an ultrasound one day, but couldn’t make out the screen in person. When I went back and checked the video, the vets were pointing out some shapes on the screen. Click the little box or here for the video.
A couple of days later we were in the park again for our Breakfast with Shamu. The trainer stationed with Kasatka was talking to another member of staff a few feet away from us about it and confirmed my suspicions. He’s the one who said the father is most likely Ulises. He also pointed out how since Makani was born she’s been a completely different whale. She and Ulises, who she used to chase around a lot, are now pretty close and she’s completely calmed down in general. She’s been very motherly and protective towards Makani and was there for his birth, so they’re confident she will be a good mother.
She’s not showing all that much at the moment but the trainers don’t seem to be asking her for any strenuous behaviours and I only ever saw her being asked to slide up on her side, not her belly (though she did do it of her own accord). Sorry this photo isn’t the best.I hope her pregnancy continues to go well for her and her calf.
absolutely livid. artificially inseminating her at nine years old, christ. it’s horrific.
Photographed by Raymond Barlow in Witless Bay, NL.
K-Pod returns!! And it was such a beautiful day on the water. <3
Top - K33 and K37
Second Row, Left - K12, K43, K21
Second Row, Right - K21
Third Row, Left - K36, K43, K12
Third Row, Right - K43, K12
Fourth Row, Left - K43, K12
Fourth Row, Right - K37, K43 (sibling <3)
God damn I am so tired of the shitty argument of
"But not everyone can go see orcas in the wild, marine parks give them a chance to see them and have a unique, educational experience with these animals!"
Except, no. That’s not educational. I’ve been to a Shamu Stadium show before, granted it was over a decade ago but I can tell you that we learned nothing there. They don’t teach you anything about orcas that is actually useful information. They tell you stuff like why they’re black and white and how long they live. (Which in itself is a bold-faced lie because they’ll just tell you how long THEIR whales live, not wild ones)
Also they say that it makes people have an appreciation for these animals. I believe that to be false as well. You don’t NEED to see a sad, probably mentally disturbed formally apex predator doing some flips in an undersized tank to appreciate its wild counterparts. You don’t. No one has ever seen a living dinosaur before, nor will anyone ever. But how many people across the globe are transfixed by them? How many people study them to gain some understanding on them? A lot of people.
And besides those things, it’s just plain selfish. We as a species have this really weird desire to see every single animal species we can, whether it’s behind glass or in their natural habitat. I don’t know why we do this, these animals owe us nothing. Absolutely nothing. We as humans do not have a right to imprison them and gawk at them just because we can. It’s barbaric.
There is nothing unique and educational about seeing these animals behind glass in a marine park. It is a stupid, selfish human desire to see them and it’s ridiculous.
Interim Study for Orca Bill AB 2140
By Mark J. Palmer
"…There are several steps for an Interim Study. It is likely there will be one or more public hearings to hear testimony in depth on the issues around orcas in captivity. (This will provide an opportunity for the public to be involved by attending the hearings.) Experts will be consulted, as will research studies relevant to orcas in captivity.
Today’s hearing was quite lively for a California Committee. There were more than a hundred activists, many of whom gave their name in support of the bill in a long line-up. One speaker flew in from Rome; another came from Olympia. Dozens came from southern California all the way to Sacramento to support the bill. Several Save Japan Dolphins Cove Monitors attended the hearing and spoke in favor of AB 2140, including Terran Baylor, Melissa Thompson Esaia, and Michael Reppy. A number of television and newspaper reporters were in the room.
And while those of us inside the hearing room were admonished not to applaud, loud cheers from those outside the hearing room were heard periodically…”
I really, really have high hopes for this bill and it’s improvement! and I am so glad that so many others are in support! I think if this amount of support keeps up, a lot of good will come of this bill! Let’s keep our voices loud, guys. This bil, and others, will set a precedent for Cetacean captivity as a whole!
AT1 Transients, left to right: AT4 Chenega, AT18 Iktua(?) and AT3 Ewan