New approved federal funding means orca found in waters off the San Juan Islands will have better protection:
'Death at SeaWorld' author David Kirby rebuts SeaWorld's attempt at criticising 'Blackfish', a documentary about the life of a captive orca known as Tiliku. You can read David's response, entitled 'SeaWorld's Clumsy Attack on "Blackfish"' here: http://deathatseaworld.com/?p=687
The New York Times writes about SeaWorld's unusual retort to the documentary:
"In an unusual pre-emptive strike on the documentary “Blackfish,” set for release on Friday in New York and Los Angeles by Magnolia Pictures, SeaWorld Entertainment startled the film world last weekend by sending a detailed critique of the movie to about 50 critics who were presumably about to review it. It was among the first steps in an aggressive public pushback against the film, which makes the case, sometimes with disturbing film, that orca whales in captivity suffer physical and mental distress because of confinement."
UPDATE: Orca Stranded In Australia
WARNING, GRAPHIC PHOTO: Dr. Ingrid Visser of the Orca Research Trust (ORT) conducting a necropsy in Australia on one of the three orca that died during the pod stranding. Dr. Visser spent 8 days working with the Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service - they are all hoping to gain a better understanding of this orca group through the information they gather. More details can be found on the ORT Facebook page - more information is to come.
11 orca made it out to sea ! Got back to Tutukaka at 0100 hrs this morning after 8 days in Australia working with the Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service. Sadly 3 orca died, but we gathered lots of information to help understand this group of orca better. More details when we get a chance to take a breath. Photo by Robert Marc Lehmann.
Vocalisations recorded of orca from Fraser Island, Australia, via Orca Research Trust:
Orca Aware is featuring on the Ian Somerhalder Foundation website, with photos and a link to a video version of the article!
Great news about the orcas who stranded in Australia, it looks as though the pod has left the area and may have headed out to open water (update via Australian Orca Database, also visit Orca Research Trust for more information).
Today we have no news of any sightings in the Hervey Bay area, so it seems that the previously stranded pod of orca have made it out to open ocean and have left the area. Our apologies for the terrible spelling and grammar in yesterday's post...we have been attempting to get information out as efficiently as possible whilst on the run using an iPhone. Here is an image of some animals that were successfully re-floated after the incredible efforts of the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and local Fisheries officers.
'Free Willy' 20th Anniversary
Keiko (Willy) was for many of us the first orca we fell in love with and the orca who inspired many of us to care for all other orca -- 20 years on he is still making a splash!
This NY Post article takes a look at 'The Lost Whale', 'Blackfish' and 'Death at SeaWorld'.
ORCA SPRINGER UPDATE: Great news via Orca Network andOrcaLab from veteran orca researchers John Ford and Graeme Ellis:
Northern resident orca Springer (A73) has had a baby. In Winter 2001/2002, female calf Springer was found swimming in the Puget Sound area, separated from her mother who was believed to have passed away. She was captured, rehabilitated and relocated back to her home waters where she was released near Johnstone Strait (Canada) in July 2002. Eleven years later, Springer is still being resighted yearly, successfully reintegrated with family members from A clan pods.
WOW! Amazing, wonderful news from up north!