IMG_7327 (3) (by Kristen Kanes)
Few captive orcas have been relocated more than Keto, who has lived at all four SeaWorld parks. In the marine park business, it is routine to move orca whales from one venue to another. This happens for a variety of reasons: making room for a new baby; accommodating breeding loans; or adjusting social dynamics. Born at SeaWorld Orlando, at 4 years old Keto was taken from his mother Kalina and moved to San Diego, California. One year later, Keto was flown to Ohio, and then on to SeaWorld of Texas. A few years later, a now 10-year old Keto was flown to the Canary Islands where he lives and performs today. During transportation, he was routinely fit into a sling, raised by a crane into a tight fitting crate, driven by truck, and loaded onto an aircraft. Keto had a history of showing aggressive tendencies towards his trainers. On Christmas Eve of 2009, Keto’s aggression proved fatal. Keto killed his trainer Alexis Martinez.
It took a while but i finally finished the outline of everybody! feel free to suggest anything for the form of a cetacean that you think could be corrected and I’d like ideas for a title too! I took the cetacean list from the Swiss Cetacean Society mobile app, all the folks are supposed to be there :) (yes there’s an aureole above the baiji dolphin) (i just miss them a lot)
While doing this, I noticed that not enough attention and love are given to the beaked whales. Maan, they’re so amazing and there’s a big bunch of them!
Colors will be coming when I’ll find a title
I haven’t had the chance to upload any more videos, but I will hopefully get to it tomorrow. I wanted to touch on the subject of the Blue Horizons dolphin show for a moment. Blue Horizons is a show that combines dolphin tricks with human acrobatics. I want it to be known that there is zero education in this show. Trainers never stop to talk to the audience. They do not intro with factoids. It is purely a performance, and nothing more. I also want to add that I recall pro caps stating that the trick of standing on and riding two dolphins was “old” and not used any more. That couldn’t be further from the truth, they attach this hoop/string to their mouths and the trainer holds on while they stand on the dolphins backs. I did video this entire show, I’ll take clips from it when I get the chance.
I also wanted to make a statement - I understand our love for killer whales, and our deep rooted compassion for these beautiful creatures. Please don’t forget about the “little guys”. I was shocked and horrified at the state of the bottlenose dolphins held at Sea World. It nearly drove me to tears. Please, pay attention to the bottlenose dolphins, too. I also have a video of them acting extremely aggressive toward each other, and it seriously upset me that children are laughing; “look mom, they’re fightin’!” As if chasing each other up on a slideout or around the tank and then constantly biting is normal and comical. It is not. Whether or not they act aggressively in the wild is not the point. Wild dolphins can get away from the aggressor - captive dolphins have nowhere to run.
In a lot of these videos/accounts of orcas attacking trainers (thinking specifically of Freya and Ku right now) everything ‘seems’ fine right up until it’s not. When Freya attacked her trainer she was going through her little routine until she attacked, same with Ku. Right up until the orca tries to kill/injure them the trainer thought everything was fine.
And is the chief among many reasons why I don’t believe for a second that asking the trainers at Seaworld et al about how the animals are doing is any use to anyone. They can’t tell when the orcas want to kill them, so their accounts of how the orcas are ‘feeling’ the rest of the time holds about as much weight as air.
These pictures are from a few weeks ago. Kiska’s dorsal fin is in horrible shape and there was plastic trash floating in her tank.
Oh no but didn’t you talk to Aaron? The expert? Kiskas dorsal doesn’t bother her so who cares!! I mean, REALLY TOKI WHO EVEN CARES!!
Pro caps can rot in concrete solitary confinement
In b4 Aaron stipulates that the plastic trash is for her enrichment :”“(
Here’s a few better pictures of Kiska’s dorsal prior to this image set (granted she’s younger here):
(source for both images)
The chips have always been there and she always had a slight lean, but no, her dorsal has not "always looked like that" nor is the image “misleading" (to quote the Marineland supporters) in anyway. You know the old saying: photos don’t lie. Her fin used to have a definite “C” shape, but the top is now missing. The tip appears to be deteriorating and that is what’s worrying me. I have no idea what would cause that kind of deterioration, it’s not flopping or leaning, but it just seems to be completely gone.
exactly. It’s just….disappearing. I’m pretty tempted to go get some photos myself and ask the trainers what’s going on with her.
It’s either deteriorating or it was sharp trauma (a horrifying thought). It’s pretty straight across the top, whatever caused it. I’m not sure if she had access to the medical pool, but she might’ve gotten it lopped off by a gate during the off-season?
It’s a clean cut, so disease is probably out… that would make the dorsal look a little more tattered/worn and there would probably be scarring. Unless whatever gross-looking disease she had was simply cut off to make her dorsal have a cleaner, more eye-pleasing look for the tourists. Which is an outrageous theory I realize, but they’ve done stranger things.
Okay this video clearly sucks but it’s very recent and you can see her dorsal wtf it looks like half of it is missing now!