SeaWorld are hot in the news right now. Aside from plunging stocks and a possible court case for allegedly misleading investors, the company has decided it will not be appealing the citation barring trainers from performing in the water with their orca:
Following SeaWorld's huge drop in stocks, the company is now under legal assault for allegedly misleading investors. Is it possible that SeaWorld have only now released their orca tank expansion plans to try and distract from this?
The first calf of Springer, the Northern resident orca who was captured and then successfully released and re-integrated back with family members in the wild, now has a name: Spirit!
A Traumatic Look Behind the Scenes at SeaWorld: a must-read article by Tim Zimmermann, featuring interviews from former captive marine animal care workers (with some graphic content)
SeaWorld have released plans to build a bigger tank for the orca they keep at the San Diego park.
News just in from the Orca Research Trust: We are sad to report the orca who stranded in Brazil has died. A necropsy is currently being conducted.
This article provides more information about the orca who stranded and sadly died in Brazil (link & translation below):
"The orca that ran aground on the beach of Boca Whale in Anchieta, in the south of the Holy Spirit, died early on Friday (15). According the the manager of Beaches Monitoring Project (PMP-BC / ES), Bruno Berger, later on Thursday (14) the mammal was once again placed in the sea, but returned on his own to the beach. The orca was monitored throughout the night, but not resisitiu. Now, the animal will be taken to the base of the Orca Institute in Guarapari, where a necropsy will be performed to investigate the cause of death.
Segundo the director of the Orca Institute, Lupércio Barbosa, the animal, which is the species of dolphins, worsened dawn. On Thursday (14), the orca was examined by a team of the institute and came to be shifted to the sea, but returned. "An attempt to put it in the water was made, but she did not swim on their own and returned to the beach. From there, the chances of it fell back too, because I was not strong enough, "said the manager of PMP-BC / ES, Bruno Berger.
Throughout the night, teams took turns to monitor the health of the mammal. "Around 1 am reached by a team of Bahia, the Humpback Whale Institute. They took control of the operation and the animal was well, keeping vital signs. But on Friday (15) around 6:30 am, she moved a lot and then stopped. Was not responding, " said Bruno.
According to Ipram, despite weighing almost two tons, the orca was thin, with diarrhea, vomiting and many external injuries. "One thing that caught our attention is that it was expelling secretion by the operculum, that hole in the top of the head, where she breathes," said Bruno.
A death was reported around 8:30 am on Friday (15). Material collected to investigate what may have caused the disease. The animal will be taken to the base of the Orca Institute in Guarapari, where a necropsy will be done."
Photo: c. Aline Souza / TV Gazeta.
There are reports that an orca has stranded in Anchieta, Espírito Santo in Brazil. See below for the article link & translation.
"An Orca whale about five meters long ran aground on the beach of the Mouth of the Whale, in Anchieta, in the south of the Holy Spirit, on the morning of Thursday (14). The animal was spotted by popular passing by and triggered environmental agencies. According to CTA Environment, the whale is alive, but ill.
The animal was spotted around 9:30. It is approximately three meters from the sea and popular online that are in place try to keep him alive throwing buckets of water on the mammal. A sort of ditch is also being opened in the sand for sea water reaches the whale.
The animal is being treated by veterinarians CTA. Teams from the Institute for Research and Rehabilitation of Marine Animals (IPRAM) and a mobile service unit are the location path. The care and treatment of the whale will be done on the beach.
In an interview with The Gazette, the director of the Orca Institute, Lupércio Araujo, said it's the first time in 30 years in the profession that he sees an orca stranding on the coast of the state. "In 30 years working with these animals (marine) is the first time I see an Orca in the state," he said."
Author of Death At SeaWorld writes about SeaWorld's stock plunges and how they are finally admitting that it is in part due to the "Blackfish" backlash:
Aerial and underwater footage of orca in Newfoundland waters: