Answer 572: Pilot whales!
Seaworld is currently in possession of 7 pilot whales split between two parks. With the exception of two whales, all of them were rescued animals who had stranded. Right now, they are living in the Whale and Dolphin Stadiums at Seaworld Orlando/ San Diego and…
YES. THANK YOU. I really think that orcas will be phased out and that pilot whales will be phased in. A large male such as Chopper “Chop-Top” (his show name is Ace) at Blue Horizons at SWF (he’ll grow into it, eventually) will easily reach twenty feet long, which is three feet longer than the SWT orca female Takara.
(one of the larger animals from the Fort Pierce stranding in 2012)
Animal trainers are still free to do waterwork with these large animals as well, as OSHA hasn’t forbid it. They are certainly large enough to do some of the hydros and rocket hops that orcas do (see below)
Additionally, they dive up to depths of over 1,000 meters based on SeaWorld’s own study of the animals released during RT-301 (Freddi)’s stranding triage. These deep-diving animals should not be confined to pools that only go to twenty-something feet in depth. They need at least fifty feet to adequately dive, forage, and play in in my opinion.
[pictures of animals doing tricks and being used as surfboards]
Seaworld lies to everyone’s faces and makes a business out of ruining cetaceans. The reasonable response is…. clearly pro-caps holding a discussion about furthering the abuse of the deep-diving, most-certainly-does-not-belong-in-captivity pilot whale? In the stead of orcas, which the public has been made more aware of the abuses to?
Let’s not forget that that video that went around of the people yelling about the “stuck dolphin" was of these animals - ones that had been "rescued" from stranding.
While also keeping in mind that, unlike orca who at the very least have some natural equivalent to a ‘beaching’ behavior that doesn’t have to do with dying, I don’t think pilot whales do.
While I’m sure they eventually go numb to their awful lives at Seaworld, I can’t imagine how it must be for a “rescued” animal to be skirting with an experience what likely to it represents death (if they have a concept of it), or at least extreme suffering.
The fact that folks are discussing this and using the pilot whales to skirt around safety laws so that humans can still perform absolutely needless shows with them is fucking DISGUSTING.
"Ah they can’t entertain us with the orcas? Just use the pilots instead I guess! They’re just as big and agile!"
How can you not read what you’re saying or consider your thought process in saying these things, and not think of yourself as vile and selfish?
If this is an example of SeaWorld’s Rescue & Rehab programme, it’s fucking disgusting. How dare they ‘rescue’ these animals then use them as a loophole to perform their ridiculous circus tricks.
Rescued animals that cannot be released should not be made to perform. And pro-caps promoting this like it’s a brilliant new scheme to implement waterworks? You’re vile and clearly have little or no grasp of animal welfare. These are supposedly rescued animals so have clearly been through a stressful, traumatic incident to be deemed unreleasable, so instead of being allowed to carry out the rest of their lives in comfort, they’re exploited.
Fucking SW and it’s procap groupies man…
they're one of the most beautiful creature in the world.
I need to know right this instant where the footage used in the second gif came from.
That make looks exactly like AK12 Eldorado; the dorsal fin, eyepatch, everything.
YES SIR THE WHALE IN THE SECOND GIF IS AK12 ELDORADO AND LOOKS LIKE HIS MOM AK7 CHEVAL IS BEHIND HIM
The animals is a five meters long female orca. She was found at 5 am today (Aug 14 2014) and was soon helped by the people near the area. They are throwing water at her, so she remain wet and calm, and a canal is being made so the water can reach her sooner. The staff responsible for the animal is saying she’s alive but is really sick (they did not said what made them think she’s sick). In the video, she does not seem to be breathing or moving at all, which makes me think she passed away. Its the first time an orca has beached in the southeast of the country, and orcas are not seen in those water frequently and that makes the rescue harder for the lack of experience.
Let’s hope for the best.