For those of you in Vancouver, orca expert Erich Hoyt will be talking at the Vancouver Public Library on May 20th 2014. We highly recommend attending:
An Icelandic orca held captive in Japan's Port of Nagoya Aquarium is believed to be in a very poor state of health. The orca, known as 'Bingo', was around two years-old when captured from the wild in 1984. He is currently held with female Icelandic orca 'Stella'.
The article releasing this news has been translated using Google translate and it reads:
The 18th, Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium (Nagoya Minato-ku) announced male killer whale found the oldest in the longest number of years of breeding in the country "Bingo" (estimated 32 years) is in poor health. Likely to be inflamed, such as lung and bronchus is high, I have the medication in the medical pool.
According to the aquarium, from December last year around, blue mold began to mix in sea water is blown out from the fumaroles of the head. Low-grade fever was confirmed on April 8, shadow like inflammation is found in the lung in the echo test of May 5. Movement is also a little slow lately, I had to stop the exhibition of the general public since early April.
Said that there is also a theory that about 30 years life expectancy of male killer whale, Kurita Masanori breeding exhibition director said, "You should not have to prepared for long war because it is a good year, but I will do my power in the hope that recovery" he said.
Bingo is 6.5 meters long and weighs 4.3 tons weight. Captured in Iceland in November 1984, Kamogawa Sea World (Kamogawa City, Chiba Prefecture) reared from November 85. December 2011, was transferred to Meiko Aquarium together wife Stella, and daughter run. Phosphorus daughter born in November 12, and are gaining popularity in four animals family.
Killer whale that has been bred in the country, a total of eight horses in the Metropolitan Meiko Kamogawa. Kamogawa killer whale hit the children and grandchildren of bingo.
At age 32, 'Bingo' is one of only eight remaining wild Icelandic orcas still alive in captivity today.
To date, 46 Icelandic orcas have died in captivity (that we know of).
STA Travel's SeaWorld Ban
STA Travel is standing up for captive orcas (and other exploited animals). They will no longer facilitate trips to destinations displaying cetaceans in captivity:
American Pie's Jason Biggs talks about SeaWorld:
Whale and Dolphin Conservation have added to our efforts in dissecting SeaWorld's "science". Check out their recent blog:
Icelandic Orca Travel To Scotland
Icelandic orca sighted in Scotland!
Why 103 year-old Granny is bad news for SeaWorld:
via From The Dolphin's Point Of View:
Should SeaWorld stop breeding orcas? Vote in the poll, but be careful - the headline response is "yes" but the poll response is "no".
Orca expert Erich Hoyt is worried about Russian orca and the growing capture industry for zoos and aquariums in China, Japan and Russia.
Find out more about Russian orca at the Far East Russia Orca Project.
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May's orca sightings are pouring into the Orca Network - with some great photos!