Last orca bred in captivity at SeaWorld dies, aged 3 months

July 28, 2017 by  
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Keepers and animal rights activists are mourning the passing of the last orca bred in captivity under SeaWorld’s breeding program, which ended in 2016. The calf, named Kyara, was just three-months-old when she perished at the establishment’s San Antonio, Texas, park due to an unknown illness. Regrettably, she is the third killer whale to die at a SeaWorld park in 18 months. According to a statement made by SeaWorld on July 25, the exact cause of Kyara’s death is presently unknown. Additionally, the results of the post-mortem will take several weeks to be completed. Leading up to the calf’s death, however, she was being treated for a serious case of pneumonia . The marine park establishment is adamant the illness is not a result of living in captivity. In a statement , SeaWorld wrote that pneumonia is “the most common cause of mortality and illness in whales in dolphins, both in the wild and in zoological facilities.” “We’ve also had a lot of questions about how the orca pod in San Antonio is doing. We’ve checked in with the trainers, veterinarians and staff who all say that Takara and the orca pod are doing well,” the statement added. “They have been active all day and are engaging with the trainers, and we will continue to monitor any changes in their behavior.” SeaWorld announced it would end its controversial captive breeding program three years after the controversial documentary Blackfish was produced. The BAFTA-nominated film informed the public of the serious ethical concerns which result from keeping orcas in captivity and the questionable tactics used by employees to “train” orcas. Due to public outcry and plummeting ticket sales, the enterprise had no choice but to shut down the program. It is assumed that Kyara’s mother, Takara, became pregnant with the calf around the same time, as gestation in an orca lasts between 12 to 18 months. Because Kyara was the last killer whale bred in captivity, she was a treasure at SeaWorld . However, there is a reason the public requested SeaWorld end its breeding program, and that is because the mammals have been known to thrive beyond 100-years-old in the wild . Sadly, the young calf survived only three months in captivity. Related: Meet the 103-Year-Old Granny Orca That Spells Bad News for SeaWorld’s PR Upon hearing the news, John Hargrove, a former orca trainer at SeaWorld who appeared in Blackfish, tweeted : “I am grateful Tiki’s calf only lived for 3 months in a concrete box deprived of all things natural. For Takara, my heart is broken in pieces.” He added , “It’s an absolute insult to every one of us that they keep saying ‘healthy and thriving’ as they are dying from disease right in front of us.” Via NBC News Images via SeaWorld , Pixabay

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Watch Killer Whales Head Butt Each Other (VIDEO)

October 20, 2014 by  
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Scientists from NOAA Fisheries and the Vancouver Aquarium teamed up in August to trial monitoring the threatened northern resident killer whale population off the coast of British Columbia using a remote-controlled hexacopter . The team hoped that viewing the whales closely from the air would reveal insights into their health and well-being. The stunning aerial footage not only captured images that clearly showed whether individual whales were healthy, dangerously underweight or even pregnant, it also caught the whales swimming companionably alongside dolphins and affectionately head bumping each other and playing. Read the rest of Watch Killer Whales Head Butt Each Other (VIDEO) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: british columbia , canada , drone , hexacopter , killer whale , NOAA Fsheries , northern resident killer whale , orca , scientists film killer whales using drone , Unmanned Aerial Vehicle , Vancouver Aquarium , whales

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‘Blackfish’-Inspired Bill Could Ban Orca Shows at SeaWorld San Diego

March 10, 2014 by  
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Image via Shutterstock California lawmaker Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica) introduced landmark legislation last week to ban the captivity of orcas, also known as killer whales , for entertainment. Titled the “Orca Welfare and Safety Act,” the bill was inspired by the hit documentary ‘Blackfish’ that reveals the horrifying side of keeping killer whales in captivity. “There is no justification for the continued captive display of orcas for entertainment purposes,” said Bloom in a prepared statement on Friday. “These beautiful creatures are much too large and far too intelligent to be confined in small, concrete tanks for their entire lives.” Read the rest of ‘Blackfish’-Inspired Bill Could Ban Orca Shows at SeaWorld San Diego Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ban orca captivity , blackfish , california legislation , captive killer whales , captive orcas , killer whale shows , killer whales , orca shows , orca welfare and safety act , orcas , petition , Richard Bloom , SeaWorld , seaworld san diego        

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Killer Whale Swims Up to Boat, Imitates Motor’s Sound

October 6, 2011 by  
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Images via YouTube Video It’s technically not a good thing to anthropomorphize animals, but it’s really hard not to when you see this killer whale doing its darndest to sound like a boat’s motor. An orca whale approached a motor boat and precisely imitated the noise of the engine — to communicate? To mock? To say, “Keep it down”? To play? We aren’t sure why, but it’s amazing to watch. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Luna the Killer Whale Hits the Big Screen! Ryan Reynolds To Produce And Narrate Documentary

August 6, 2010 by  
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Image via Vancouver Sun If you haven’t heard of Luna the killer whale, you very soon will know the incredible story as actor Ryan Reynolds has decided to create a documentary on the inspirational orca.

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Minimalist Starbucks Store Notable For What It Leaves Out Rather Than What It Puts In

August 6, 2010 by  
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image via Starbucks Last year at Greenbuild we learned about Starbucks’ new Global Store Design Strategy from Corporate Architect Tony Gale. One very attractive feature was that it was not a “one size fits all” program but would adapt the designs to different regions; Tony said “we like to do different things in different regions, to reflect what is going on in the local culture.” We previously posted about their New York store at Spring and Crosby ; I rece… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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25% of BP Oil Still in the Water is World’s Eighth Largest Oil Spill All By Itself

August 6, 2010 by  
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photo: Fibonacci Blue via flickr With the news that BP has cemented the leaking well head , and word that 75% of all the oil which poured into the Gulf of Mexico either collected or somehow dispersed, you’re right for starting to breath a sigh of relief. But it occurred to me, if 25% of the oil is still in the water and in the marshes, and rough… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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The Week in Pictures: Galapagos Islands No Longer Endangered? ‘Static Kill’ of BP’s Oil Well, and More (Slideshow)

August 6, 2010 by  
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The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico reached an important milestone this Tuesday afternoon when BP started their ‘static kill’ procedure to seal the oil well, and the good news is, that it seems to be working — so far. In other green news, the Galapagos Islands has been taken off the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger — but could it be too soon? The above average temps in July 2010 Temps will be normal for July 2050; an Oregon wind farm offered $5000 for neighbors not to complain about noise, and China reveals a ‘3D Fast Bus’ that straddles the road so cars can drive under — cool! Find ..

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