Bottlenose Dolphin

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Marineland 10/12/14 - Closing day

cetacean-captivity:

hellokandu:

themidnightclub:

tokitaee:

Just to clarify, I did not go to ML and photos are not mine. Taken by a member of OCAW.


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FILTHY beluga tank. It has been like this for weeks and weeks.

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Sadly, ML’s pinnipeds having red, bulging eyes is typical.


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This is where the bears live. There is no shelter for mothers with cubs, and as a result, cubs have been killed and eaten by male bears.

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This is where the deer live. Absolutely pathetic.

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Closing day??? Did they close down, or just for the season?

1. algae growth does not make the tank filthy. It means healthy water quality. Usually trainers scrub it away because people view it negatively but its presence has no averse healthy effects on the whales. 

2. I’m pretty sure that’s what a healthy walrus’ eye looks like. I can’t enlarge the picture of the dolphin so I don’t know if there’s really a problem there or not but I suspect not. Marine mammal eyes look different than people eyes, shocker I know. 

I’m not a fan of the way MLC is run either but common let’s be smart about this guys. 

They added the picture of the dolphin to show off the many rake marks on her face, not her eyes.

aaronblogswhales:

saddlepatch:

aaronblogswhales:

seaworldcares:

Another amazing discovery from Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute! Killer whales can change vocalizations to mimic dolphins: http://ti.me/1sh3w8s

This is cool, I wonder which animals they used. 

Shouka was the only one tested for this one I believe! :)

That’s so cool! It says they used three though! It does make sense that shouka was used. Aww shouka can speak dolphin like a pro haha! 

They might have used Kshamenk or Lolita if either park agreed but I can’t imagine that any other orcas would’ve been used that haven’t been living with other killer whales for a very long time.

aaronblogswhales:

saddlepatch:

aaronblogswhales:

seaworldcares:

Another amazing discovery from Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute! Killer whales can change vocalizations to mimic dolphins: http://ti.me/1sh3w8s

This is cool, I wonder which animals they used. 

Shouka was the only one tested for this one I believe! :)

That’s so cool! It says they used three though! It does make sense that shouka was used. Aww shouka can speak dolphin like a pro haha! 

They might have used Kshamenk or Lolita if either park agreed but I can’t imagine that any other orcas would’ve been used that haven’t been living with other killer whales for a very long time.

Anonymous asked
Or maybe on February 24, 2015 (five years since Dawnie died) SeaWorld will bring back waterwork? I just hope they do it soon. By the way, which whales have been seen having waterwork done with them?

cetuscetus:

I personally think it would be a little insensitive to bring it back on that day, and I doubt we’ll see it that soon, if ever in shows again if I’m honest.

Several whales have been documented doing water desensitisation training (though I assume all whales are participating except Makani and perhaps Kasatka). I believe Corky, Keet, Nakai and Orkid have been seen doing actual waterwork behaviours.

I think it’s worth mentioning that SeaWorld pretty much never intends to put waterworks back in shows, they’ve just been using it for desensitization and relates right now. 

Anonymous asked
what do you mean

Training animals requires a knowledge of animal training, it’s not enough that you love the animals (it’s pretty much assumed that you do), you have to know and apply the ins and outs of psychology and behavior. 

Wanting to be an animal trainer only because you like the animals and not animal training is like saying you want to be a famous chef because you like food but don’t know a lot about cooking

If you need to use crops/aversive tools to ride a horse then you probably aren’t a very good rider or trainer

He looooves his heater. You can see where he chewed up his fins here, poor guy. I haven’t seen him chewing them recently so maybe it was an environment thing.

He looooves his heater. You can see where he chewed up his fins here, poor guy. I haven’t seen him chewing them recently so maybe it was an environment thing.

Getting my second tank heater in tomorrow and then hopefully also getting another betta! This should be interesting!

picassothebetta:

b3lugas:

Grumpy Gills here kept flaring at me whenever I walked by today. What a weirdo. He’s been so much more active since I’ve gotten him the heater.

Hey. This grumpy gills is such a cute wiggle butt. Are the plants plastic though? He could hurt himself on plastic. Silk or live plants are a much better option plus they look better. I highly recommend live plants because they’re hella awesome. Anarchias Amazon sword and Java fern are great and practically impossible to kill. :3.

I’m working on it! I have no idea how to take care of underwater plants, the ones in his tank were left over and I figured it was more comfortable for him than nothing. 

Just heard about Dr. Sophia Yin passing :( I’m so sad….

So we just found out my poor horse has Lyme’s disease…. That explains the sore joints.

This weekend is parents’ weekend at my college and my parents are in the process of selling the house so they couldn’t come up. I didn’t tell them, but I’m leaving after class tomorrow to drive down to see them….

My heater for my betta tank finally came and now he spends most of his time hanging out next to it

WHY ARE PEOPLE SO AWFUL TO FISH

The houses on my street had a little block party thing yesterday and the social justice house (ironically) gave out goldfish as prizes. I went just so I could save a couple and so now I’m up to a grand total of 3 small goldfish in my 10 gallon :( I did however find someone who has a pond that might be willing to take them this week so here’s hoping.

It’s like I rehome one fish and suddenly get 3 more.

cetuscetus:

fightingforwhales:

foundinthesea:

shamurocks:

Katina,Kasatka,Kandu 5,Kenau by Shamufan88 on Flickr.

Every captive born SW orca comes from the lineage of these five ladies!

That’s only 4 whales, not 5. And if they all came from only this small group…that’s sad. Talk about low genetic diversity.

It depends what you classify as SW captive born. Kyuquot is captive born and lives at SeaWorld but is not related to any of these individuals. He wasn’t born at a SeaWorld park though. Shouka too is captive born but was obviously not born at SeaWorld. Those two are (I believe) the only exceptions.

Taima was born to Gudrun also. 

cetuscetus:

fightingforwhales:

foundinthesea:

shamurocks:

Katina,Kasatka,Kandu 5,Kenau by Shamufan88 on Flickr.

Every captive born SW orca comes from the lineage of these five ladies!

That’s only 4 whales, not 5. And if they all came from only this small group…that’s sad. Talk about low genetic diversity.

It depends what you classify as SW captive born. Kyuquot is captive born and lives at SeaWorld but is not related to any of these individuals. He wasn’t born at a SeaWorld park though. Shouka too is captive born but was obviously not born at SeaWorld. Those two are (I believe) the only exceptions.

Taima was born to Gudrun also.