Bottlenose Dolphin

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I'm a freshman in college and an Animal Behavior major! I'll hopefully soon be a certified dog trainer (positive reinforcement of course) and love to talk!
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Turns out Pepper, as of today, is for sale because she’s too high strung/not well-behaved enough for the trail riding that her owner wants her to do (she’s 6 years old).

On a more positive equine-related note:

This little baby horse has adopted Logan as his mommy, and follows her around everywhere. When he can’t see her, he freaks out and neighs very loudly. Logan is the brown one in the middle, and Joey, the tan one on the left, is her new baby.

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Anonymous asked
Trua has actually been completely separated from the pod, and stays with tilikum. Trainers have confirmed this

cetacean-captivity:

shamurocks:

I apologize, I was just there a week or two ago and saw him in the Underwater Viewing with Kayla, freckles and all.

I’m pretty sure he still occasionally hangs with Kayla and the kids. I see no reason to isolate him from the rest of the pod. 

It seems absurd to do so. I mean, he’s still young and if he was with Tilly all the time I think Tilly wouldn’t like him as much. Being around the other kids is probably good for training among other things

fish-n-stuff:

frosted-quill:

fish-n-stuff:

frosted-quill:

julia-beans:

d3lphinapterus:

My roommate just got two goldfish and put them in a two gallon tank….
why do people get fish without learning anything about them?
She also bought a shubunkin without telling me and put it in my 10 gallon tank with my little goldfish too. Even I recognize that 10 gallons is too small for 1 goldfish and that I’ll eventually have to upgrade but now I have one of her goldfish in my tank and she just put two in that little bowl. Another girl on my hall went with her and got a black moor to put in a mason jar
WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING PEOPLE

Wait wait wait do people have goldfish in college?Can I bring my goldfish to college??

I put my goldfish in a two-gallon tank and it was happy and it learned to ask for food by swimming to the surface and its tail got so long and pretty and I loved that goldfish and it lived for years and I don’t understand what’s so bad about two-gallon tanks for just regular 18 cent goldfish because everything considered they don’t seem to care

Define years. If its not longer than ten, that’s not old for a goldfish :/Its bad because goldfish are very, very, very dirty fish. And really, very few fish would be suitable in a 2 gallon tank (MAYBEEEEE a betta if its a small one and you could manage to reliably heat it. Shrimp or snails too, maybe.) So goldfish, being so dirty, will foul a tank that small very quickly, even if a person somehow manages to get a good bacterial cycle going on a 2-gallon tank. So we’re talking probably daily water changes to keep the ammonia levels under control.The other thing is… it may be just an 18 cent goldfish, but that cheap little fish can get huge. While the prettier, double tailed fancy goldfish may reach six or eight inches (which is nothing to laugh at,) common goldfish, ie the cheap little feader type, can get well over a foot long given enough space that they don’t get stunted. We’re talking about a fish that requires a large enough tank that most people just put them in ponds if they want them.Yeah, they may stay small in a small tank, but that’s because they’re stunted. and they will die earlier than they would have given proper space :(

I mean, we honestly didn’t expect it to last for more than three years, but we had it for six at least. My little brother grew up with that fish.
We did change the water really, really regularly, probably once every two days and fed just once or twice a day. I mean, we were young at the time so there were bound to be mistakes, mostly of the too-much-food or unclean-water kind. I think my dad brought that fish back from the dead a few times, so otherwise I’m fairly certain it would have lived upwards of ten years.
It might be a little moot to bring this up, but my parents used to keep fish all the time in China when they were little and so long as you keep the water clean and don’t overfeed, the fish seem pretty happy regardless of what you put them in.
Everything considered, though, you’re probably right - I mean, I haven’t kept too many fish at all. It’s just that a lot of people don’t have the resources or the time to set up an extensive in vitro ecosystem and maintain it, myself included, and it’s a lot easier to just put a single fish in a two-gallon tank with no substrate and just watch it like that.

yeah, l can understood the being young thing.- and at least they changed the water often.
that said, a basic tank setup is super easy. a large food safe plastic bin and a filter is all you need, and once the tank is cycled you only need a weekly water change. much easier than daily water changes

Update: One of them has died.

fish-n-stuff:

frosted-quill:

fish-n-stuff:

frosted-quill:

julia-beans:

d3lphinapterus:

My roommate just got two goldfish and put them in a two gallon tank….

why do people get fish without learning anything about them?

She also bought a shubunkin without telling me and put it in my 10 gallon tank with my little goldfish too. Even I recognize that 10 gallons is too small for 1 goldfish and that I’ll eventually have to upgrade but now I have one of her goldfish in my tank and she just put two in that little bowl. Another girl on my hall went with her and got a black moor to put in a mason jar

WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING PEOPLE

Wait wait wait do people have goldfish in college?
Can I bring my goldfish to college??

I put my goldfish in a two-gallon tank and it was happy and it learned to ask for food by swimming to the surface and its tail got so long and pretty and I loved that goldfish and it lived for years and I don’t understand what’s so bad about two-gallon tanks for just regular 18 cent goldfish because everything considered they don’t seem to care

Define years. If its not longer than ten, that’s not old for a goldfish :/

Its bad because goldfish are very, very, very dirty fish. And really, very few fish would be suitable in a 2 gallon tank (MAYBEEEEE a betta if its a small one and you could manage to reliably heat it. Shrimp or snails too, maybe.) So goldfish, being so dirty, will foul a tank that small very quickly, even if a person somehow manages to get a good bacterial cycle going on a 2-gallon tank. So we’re talking probably daily water changes to keep the ammonia levels under control.

The other thing is… it may be just an 18 cent goldfish, but that cheap little fish can get huge. While the prettier, double tailed fancy goldfish may reach six or eight inches (which is nothing to laugh at,) common goldfish, ie the cheap little feader type, can get well over a foot long given enough space that they don’t get stunted. We’re talking about a fish that requires a large enough tank that most people just put them in ponds if they want them.

Yeah, they may stay small in a small tank, but that’s because they’re stunted. and they will die earlier than they would have given proper space :(

I mean, we honestly didn’t expect it to last for more than three years, but we had it for six at least. My little brother grew up with that fish.

We did change the water really, really regularly, probably once every two days and fed just once or twice a day. I mean, we were young at the time so there were bound to be mistakes, mostly of the too-much-food or unclean-water kind. I think my dad brought that fish back from the dead a few times, so otherwise I’m fairly certain it would have lived upwards of ten years.

It might be a little moot to bring this up, but my parents used to keep fish all the time in China when they were little and so long as you keep the water clean and don’t overfeed, the fish seem pretty happy regardless of what you put them in.

Everything considered, though, you’re probably right - I mean, I haven’t kept too many fish at all. It’s just that a lot of people don’t have the resources or the time to set up an extensive in vitro ecosystem and maintain it, myself included, and it’s a lot easier to just put a single fish in a two-gallon tank with no substrate and just watch it like that.

yeah, l can understood the being young thing.- and at least they changed the water often.

that said, a basic tank setup is super easy. a large food safe plastic bin and a filter is all you need, and once the tank is cycled you only need a weekly water change. much easier than daily water changes

Update: One of them has died.

Protocol for Interacting with Tilikum

SeaWorld’s manual for how to properly interact with Tilikum. Very interesting to read.

fishneedlove:

d3lphinapterus:

On a better note, little Puck is still doing well so that’s good! He just figured out that the flakes come from the surface of the water as opposed to just waiting for them to fall. Love having him here :)

Just a little info- those flake foods are pretty much useless filler and contain no nutrients. You should switch them to a high quality pellet like Hikari brand! Much healthier for you boys who can live up to ten years!
-Brooke

Will do, thanks for letting me know :) 

fishneedlove:

d3lphinapterus:

On a better note, little Puck is still doing well so that’s good! He just figured out that the flakes come from the surface of the water as opposed to just waiting for them to fall. Love having him here :)

Just a little info- those flake foods are pretty much useless filler and contain no nutrients. You should switch them to a high quality pellet like Hikari brand! Much healthier for you boys who can live up to ten years!

-Brooke

Will do, thanks for letting me know :) 

On a better note, little Puck is still doing well so that’s good! He just figured out that the flakes come from the surface of the water as opposed to just waiting for them to fall. Love having him here :)

On a better note, little Puck is still doing well so that’s good! He just figured out that the flakes come from the surface of the water as opposed to just waiting for them to fall. Love having him here :)

fish-n-stuff:

d3lphinapterus:

My roommate just got two goldfish and put them in a two gallon tank….
why do people get fish without learning anything about them?
She also bought a shubunkin without telling me and put it in my 10 gallon tank with my little goldfish too. Even I recognize that 10 gallons is too small for 1 goldfish and that I’ll eventually have to upgrade but now I have one of her goldfish in my tank and she just put two in that little bowl. Another girl on my tank went with her and got a black moor to put in a mason jar
WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING PEOPLE

Oh good god, the poor babies. Also, I would pissed as HELL if I were you that she put another fish in with yours (without quarantining it, presumably.) Are they willing to listen to advice on how to actually care for them properly? :/

Yeah, I wasn’t happy considering I spent about $50 of my own money setting up a last minute tank for two fish who themselves weren’t very healthy in the first place (one of them died because of fin rot and ammonia poisoning from his last tank I’m pretty sure but the other one is still going strong!).
I’ve told her that the tank is too small and she really did just get them today, but I don’t think they are going to listen to me because the fish are so cheap and they just keep getting new ones when the last ones die (she put a black moor in my 10 gallon with her shubunkin also but he died two days ago probably from being too slow to eat).

fish-n-stuff:

d3lphinapterus:

My roommate just got two goldfish and put them in a two gallon tank….

why do people get fish without learning anything about them?

She also bought a shubunkin without telling me and put it in my 10 gallon tank with my little goldfish too. Even I recognize that 10 gallons is too small for 1 goldfish and that I’ll eventually have to upgrade but now I have one of her goldfish in my tank and she just put two in that little bowl. Another girl on my tank went with her and got a black moor to put in a mason jar

WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING PEOPLE

Oh good god, the poor babies. Also, I would pissed as HELL if I were you that she put another fish in with yours (without quarantining it, presumably.) Are they willing to listen to advice on how to actually care for them properly? :/

Yeah, I wasn’t happy considering I spent about $50 of my own money setting up a last minute tank for two fish who themselves weren’t very healthy in the first place (one of them died because of fin rot and ammonia poisoning from his last tank I’m pretty sure but the other one is still going strong!).

I’ve told her that the tank is too small and she really did just get them today, but I don’t think they are going to listen to me because the fish are so cheap and they just keep getting new ones when the last ones die (she put a black moor in my 10 gallon with her shubunkin also but he died two days ago probably from being too slow to eat).

My roommate just got two goldfish and put them in a two gallon tank….
why do people get fish without learning anything about them?
She also bought a shubunkin without telling me and put it in my 10 gallon tank with my little goldfish too. Even I recognize that 10 gallons is too small for 1 goldfish and that I’ll eventually have to upgrade but now I have one of her goldfish in my tank and she just put two in that little bowl. Another girl on my hall went with her and got a black moor to put in a mason jar
WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING PEOPLE

My roommate just got two goldfish and put them in a two gallon tank….

why do people get fish without learning anything about them?

She also bought a shubunkin without telling me and put it in my 10 gallon tank with my little goldfish too. Even I recognize that 10 gallons is too small for 1 goldfish and that I’ll eventually have to upgrade but now I have one of her goldfish in my tank and she just put two in that little bowl. Another girl on my hall went with her and got a black moor to put in a mason jar

WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING PEOPLE

So RJ Mitte came to speak at my school last night and someone asked him how he felt about abled actors playing disabled characters. I’ve been thinking about his answer a lot and it makes a lot of sense to me.

He essentially said that he has no problems with abled actors playing disabled characters because it makes them acknowledge the inner lives of people with disabilities, but he also believes that if abled actors can play disabled characters, then disabled actors should also be able to play abled characters.

He was a very good speaker and I really liked him as a person.

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foundinthesea:

d3lphinapterus:

toothlesstheuseless:

ok so ive probably asked this before but

im going to marine zoo camp at seaworld san antonio this summer and i was wondering what kinds of stuff do you get to do with the orcas? ive seen that some people have pictures of themselves with the orcas,…

Yooooo do you have to have gone to some camp before you can go?

You don’t have to go to another camp before Marine Zoo. They say that to go to Advanced Careers that you should have gone to Regular Careers camp at any of the parks, but I know people who went to Advanced Careers without going to camp prior to that.

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toothlesstheuseless:

bondedwiththesea:

d3lphinapterus:

toothlesstheuseless:

ok so ive probably asked this before but

im going to marine zoo camp at seaworld san antonio this summer and i was wondering what kinds of stuff do you get to do with the orcas? ive seen that some people have pictures of themselves with the…

I think Advanced Careers does something similar, if not the exact same xD I’m doing Advanced the last week of June this summer, and I can’t WAIT

awesome! im going the 2nd to last week in june!

Marine Zoo definitely does a few more things than Advanced Careers, and the trainers seem to like you more probably because you’re older but both were very fun

toothlesstheuseless:

ok so ive probably asked this before but

im going to marine zoo camp at seaworld san antonio this summer and i was wondering what kinds of stuff do you get to do with the orcas? ive seen that some people have pictures of themselves with the orcas, which is super cool since i didnt get to do anything like that during camp in orlando

I just went this summer and we started off with a trainer talk in the morning with the whales, we helped with cleaning the fish room and setting up/checking supplies like nets and scuba gear around the back pools. Then we actually got to get up on the ledges of one of the back pools and scrub the slideouts to get the algae off (you could walk right up to the edge of the water, it was incredible!) and  later that day we caught the end of a Dine with Shamu session. After, they brought out all of the whales, we asked for a few signals like waving and stuff and they asked which ones you wanted to take a picture with. I went later in the summer so there were only 5 people in my group, which was awesome.