The necropsy on J32 (Rhapsody) has been conducted and it was confirmed that she was pregnant. It was also found that someone illegally sawed off four of her teeth overnight. Samples collected will be examined to try and identify a cause of death. Visit the link below for the news video and for more information you can also visit: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/it-s-a-crime-against-science-dead-orca-s-teeth-sawed-off-overnight-1.2136335
What is going on with captive Southern resident orca "Lolita"?
Here's an in-depth look at why the death of J32 (Rhapsody) is such a huge loss for the Southern resident orca population: http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/12/05/whats-killing-critically-endangered-whale
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A group of researchers from the University of Adelaide present an argument that they could be.
Female Southern resident orca J32, known as Rhapsody, has been found dead. A necropsy on Saturday will hopefully reveal a cause of death and whether this 18 year-old was pregnant, as it is thought she might have been. The Southern resident population is now reduced to 77 individuals.
From the Orca Network:
"Very sad news. The deceased orca in Georgia Strait found earlier today is 18-year old J32, Rhapsody, according to photos sent by Canada's Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans and identified by Ken Balcomb at the Center for Whale Research. J32 was thought by many to be in the late stages of pregnancy last summer. A necropsy Saturday will reveal if she was indeed pregnant and hopefully the cause of death. A recent generous grant by the Milgard Foundation will allow Ken Balcomb to attend and assist in the necropsy.
J32's mother was J20, who died in 1998 when Rhapsody was only 2 years old. She was raised by her aunt, J22 Oreo. She is survived by J22 and her cousins J34 Doublestuf and J38 Cookie, leaving only three survivors of the former J10 matriline, and only 77 members of the Southern Resident Community.
We cannot express how tragic this loss is for this struggling, precariously small, family of resident orcas of the Salish Sea.
Rhapsody in Blue, composed by George Gershwin":
The new Dolphinaria-Free Europe coalition has launched in Europe to raise awareness about the issues facing captive cetaceans and to affect policy relating to captive cetaceans at the EU level, lobbying MEPs and holding events within Europe.
Please visit the coalition's page (linked above) and website (http://endcap.eu/dolphinaria/free-europe/) to find out more about the coalition and its members.
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Video footage of New Zealand orca this week in Picton. What a great orca encounter... and from land too!