Showing Orcas Love

...DREAMING OF A BRIGHTER FUTURE

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Miracle [the baby killer whale]

In 1977, a young female Southern or Northern Resident orca was found in Menzies Bay, British Columbia Canada. None of her pod members were to be seen, and she looked distressed and like she was heading for disaster. She didn’t hesitate to accept fish from people. On August 8, sixth days after she had been spotted the Vancouver Aquarium contacted Sealand of the Pacific and decided she needed to be taken into captivity, as she was bleeding and covered with parasites and had a good chance of dying if left alone. She even had bullet wounds, and cut from propellers on her. Despite what indicated negative interactions with humans, she was a very trusting animal with the staff at Sealand, and thrived under their care and attention. Due to all of those factors, she was named Miracle. Her health proved to be even worse than previously thought when she was examined by vets. She had ulcers, and many infections, and would often sink to the bottom of the pen and stay there for many minutes at a time. At one point in time, her heart actually stopped beating and she was clinically dead but she came back. and survived. Eventually, Miracle improved and was a relatively healthy whale. She got along well with Sealands other orca, Haida and performed daily with him. She grew very large, and almost reached sexual maturity, but died suddenly in 1982.

Miracle died when she was only 7 years old, after 6 years in captivity. She drowned, but it was never confirmed how, though it is very likely some divers tried to free her by cutting a hole in her net, and she got tangled up while swimming out. This could be why Sealand later installed the holding tank for their Icelandic whales, to prevent a similar accident. 

Miracle was loved by many, and she is one special case where captivity saved her, and gave her six extra years of life. 

There is a documentary about her called “Who Killed Miracle?” x

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See this is one case where captivity actually did something of value, the rehabilitation of a sick animal who would’ve died otherwise. Pressing for rehab and release should always be the goal in mind if at all possible, not mindless entertainment with noodle thin educational value. Animals deemed unfit for release should have a place to life out their life in PEACE under vigilant wildlife staff, not before a screaming crowd. It’s sad extremists are the possible cause of her demise, luckily there are far more sturdy materials now adays for animals like Lolita to safely rehabilitate in without the risk of premature release caused by extremist intervention. She was a gorgeous girl, RIP Miracle.

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05. Kayla

Kayla is the second oldest of all the orcas born in captivity. At age two, she was separated from her mother and shipped to different SeaWorld parks. Having never learned how to be a mother herself, Kayla violently rejected her first-born calf. Afterwards, she was moved to SeaWorld Orlando to be in the company of young orcas with their mothers. Kayla’s human trainers regard her as a master of all show behaviors, but to her spectators, Kayla is most known for her striking blue eyes.

52orcas:

05. Kayla

Kayla is the second oldest of all the orcas born in captivity. At age two, she was separated from her mother and shipped to different SeaWorld parks. Having never learned how to be a mother herself, Kayla violently rejected her first-born calf. Afterwards, she was moved to SeaWorld Orlando to be in the company of young orcas with their mothers. Kayla’s human trainers regard her as a master of all show behaviors, but to her spectators, Kayla is most known for her striking blue eyes.

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Some WILD ORCA FOOTAGE (not in the film) accompanied by music from the film. 

Blackfish composed by Jeff Beal. All credit goes to the original uploader of the orca footage and the composer.

This is truly beautiful. Must watch.

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The head pointing down symbolizes death, while the collapsed dorsal fin is a result of being held captive. Many of the cut-out marks along the body are rake marks made by other whales’ teeth. The three faces are to [honor] those who lost their lives, and the [colors] used are inspired by those found in SeaWorld’s logo.

butterflygrace:

The head pointing down symbolizes death, while the collapsed dorsal fin is a result of being held captive. Many of the cut-out marks along the body are rake marks made by other whales’ teeth. The three faces are to [honor] those who lost their lives, and the [colors] used are inspired by those found in SeaWorld’s logo.

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Scientists discover most relaxing tune ever

Sound therapists and Manchester band Marconi Union compiled the song. Scientists played it to 40 women and found it to be more effective at helping them relax than songs by Enya, Mozart and Coldplay.

Weightless works by using specific rhythms, tones, frequencies and intervals to relax the listener. A continuous rhythm of 60 BPM causes the brainwaves and heart rate to synchronise with the rhythm: a process known as ‘entrainment’. Low underlying bass tones relax the listener and a low whooshing sound with a trance-like quality takes the listener into an even deeper state of calm.

Dr David Lewis, one of the UK’s leading stress specialists said: “‘Weightless’ induced the greatest relaxation – higher than any of the other music tested. Brain imaging studies have shown that music works at a very deep level within the brain, stimulating not only those regions responsible for processing sound but also ones associated with emotions.”

The study - commissioned by bubble bath and shower gel firm Radox Spa - found the song was even more relaxing than a massage, walk or cup of tea. So relaxing is the tune, apparently, that people are being Rex advised against listening to it while driving.

The top 10 most relaxing tunes were: 1. Marconi Union - Weightless 2. Airstream - Electra 3. DJ Shah - Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix) 4. Enya - Watermark 5. Coldplay - Strawberry Swing 6. Barcelona - Please Don’t Go 7. All Saints - Pure Shores 8. AdelevSomeone Like You 9. Mozart - Canzonetta Sull’aria 10. Cafe Del Mar - We Can Fly

my muscles stopped functioning 

I was so relieved this wasn’t a trick. Very soothing.

THIS IS IT, GUYS. This is the song I listen to when I’m feel a panic attack coming on or can’t sleep because of my anxiety. It has helped me more times than I can say.

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