It isn’t often you see a stranded Orca…though the left-wing keep hoping and praying.
In late September three commercial shrimp fishermen near Ketchikan, Alaska came to the aid of a killer whale stranded on a shallow, rocky inlet. A video posted on YouTube last week shows the men calmly petting a large female orca and pouring water over its body, waiting for the rising tide to help them return it to the water.
Jason Vonick told ABC news that he and his partners, Nick Segal and John Oakes, were preparing for the start of their fishing season when they saw several killer whales hunting seals near a rocky inlet. When one of the orcas got stuck on some rocks, the men anchored their fishing vessel and ventured closer in a smaller, 15-foot boat to see if they could help, but the orca’s mass and low tide was working against them. Read more »
Via the tipline
Don’t know where it came from but just sent to me from my son
“It possesses great spiritual power, not to be messed with”
A kite-surfer near Nelson’s historic lighthouse, a camera-wielding Mapua man, and a standup paddle boarder at The Glen have experienced the magic of a pod of orcas firsthand.
Mapua man Paul Nankivell’s friends in Ruby Bay called him early yesterday, saying a pod of orcas was in front of their seaside home. Read more »
If it has an Orca in it then the story gets blogged. Morgan needs to be set free:
New Zealand orca expert Ingrid Visser is hoping shocking evidence of a captive orca’s injuries will persuade a Dutch court to set it free.
Dr Visser is due to give evidence in an Amsterdam court today in a last-ditch attempt to force Dutch authorities to reconsider last year’s decision to allow a young orca to be exported to a theme park in Spain’s Canary Islands.
The female orca, known as Morgan, was rescued off the Dutch coast in 2010 and taken to a marine park near Amsterdam where it was nursed back to health.
The park claimed Morgan was unsuitable for a return to the wild, and transferred it to Loro Parque in Tenerife after getting a green light from the Amsterdam District Court in November 2011.
Dr Visser said she had observed Morgan at Loro Parque for 77 hours over eight days, and saw 91 acts of aggression against Morgan by other orca in the tank. She had documented 320 bite and puncture marks on the orca’s body, not including injuries inflicted by Morgan’s own abnormal behaviour such as banging her head against the side of the tank. The orca was also wearing its teeth down by chewing on the concrete, which was likely to lead to infection.