Urgent - Please Spotlight:
I regret to tell you that Christina Fonthes - a dear friend and organiser of Rainbow Noir has been held against her will in The Congo - she was on a family holiday with her mother who has decided to have Christina ‘cured’ of her sexuality.
Christina has managed to escape from her aunt’s house and is currently hiding out with a friend. She has access to internet and has been communicating with us via email. The next available flight is 2nd September - 5 days away! Chris needs help and protection from the British Embassy in Congo but her mother has reported her missing and therefore we need to get in contact with both the UK Home Office and UK embassy in Congo to let them know that she is in danger and that her mother is lying/the one endangering her life!!
PLEASE SHARE THIS ON ALL YOUR NETWORKS. CALL, EMAIL, TWEET the British embassy on behalf of Christina - the more we call, the more attention it will bring to her case and hopefully they will act quicker in getting Christina to a safe place.
HER MOTHER HAS HER PASSPORT AND TRAVELING DOCUMENTS!
CHRISTINA’S LIFE IS IN DANGER. PLEASE DO AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.
If you can help please contact @RainbowNoirMCR or @WritersofColour on twitter.
UK EMBASSY: 0871 050 5840
DETAILS OF THE EMBASSY IN CONGO ARE HEREhttps://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-kinshasa
Please re-tumblr this. This is an actual friend of ours and we need your help to get her home safe.
King penguins watching an orca offshore.
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Rhapsody J32 and Doublestuf J34
I’m crap at IDing the LP orcas so I have no clue who this is but…why do they look so deformed? Is it just because they’re hauling up on the slide out?
A BRIEF HISTORY OF COLORFUL KILLER WHALES
On April 23rd 2012, the Far East Russian Project revealed they’d successfully filmed “Iceberg” an all-white, mature bull orca previously seen in 2010 off the coast of Kamchatka Peninsula (image #8). Iceberg was seen cavorting with a group of roughly 10-15 other whales. It’s unknown if he’s a true albino, as researchers haven’t been able to get close enough to tell, but he seemed healthy and well-adjusted to life within the pod.
However, this was not the first time a white killer whale was seen.
In 2000 a University of Washington seabird ecologist photographed a white orca off the Aleutian islands. Eight years later, scientists photographed the young male again. It was thought that it this was Iceberg, but upon closer inspection, the Far East Russian Orca Project was able to confirm that this was a different whale all together. While he shared the milky-white color of his famous Russian counterpart, this orca had a unique cookie-cutter shark bite near its blowhole and a prominent rake scar on the dorsal (image #7). He isn’t considered an albino due to his darker pigmentation, but like Iceberg, he is a healthy and mature male and travels in a normal pod that’s made of about 12 other individuals.
Iceberg isn’t even the only white orca in Russia anymore, there are several others swimming in the same waters. FEROP scientists discovered a white calf in 2008. Dubbed “Lemon,” he’s grown into a healthy juvenile (images #4, #5, and #6) under the protective gaze of his podmates – some of whom are not entirely comfortable with the research team’s presence. There’s even a cream-colored adult female that was seen in 2009-2010 (image #3). According to the following statement, she’s known as Mama Tanya: “Last year’s white whales - the female Mama Tanya and the male Iceberg - did not honour us with their presence, but the white calf Lemon came, whom we first met in 2008.”
Prior to the recent sightings, there was only a handful of other white orcas spotted - one in 1993 around St. Lawrence Island and another in 2000/2001 around the central Aleutians.
One of the original white orcas, known as “Alice,” began appearing regularly around Vancouver Island and off the southern coast of British Columbia in the 1940s. In 1950 another white orca (believed to be “Chimo”) was born to this pod, Alice vanished shortly after. Leaving only a single white whale reported in 1950. This whale was photographed by onlookers close to shore in Victoria - revealing a young white orca and a normal colored podmate (image #9). Records of Alice’s pod ceased in the 1960s, but as orcas were being captured for live display in the 1970s the white juvenile reappeared, netted near Victoria with four other members of her family. This white and silver juvenile would later become known as as “Chimo.”
Chimo (image #10) suffered from what’s known as Chediak-Higashi syndrome, a rare autosomal recessive disorder that both made her beautiful in the eyes of man and made her severely ill. Chediak-Higashi syndrome often affects the nervous and immune systems, as well as altering the color of the animal. Humans, white tigers, cattle, blue Persian cats, blue rats, mice, mink, foxes and orcas can all be affected by this disorder.
Due to her color, many marine parks took an interest in her and she went to the highest bidder - Sealand of the Pacific. Chimo was separated from her mother, Scarredjaw (T3) and was transferred with a normal colored female, known as Knootka. The two newcomers were placed in a tank with the resident male, Haida. They all seemed to get along well, but eventually Knootka became aggressive and would constantly harass Chimo. Chimo developed a skin disease from the constant raking of the more dominant female and Knootka was quickly sold off, with Chimo and Haida remaining at Sealand in hopes they would breed.
Unfortunately, Chimo contracted pneumonia from streptococcal septicemia. She died in November of 1972.
On a December day in 2009 the T-11s were moving south of Victoria on their usual hunt for seals when a silver calf (images #1 and #2) was spotted alongside its mother, T-68. This little calf is very similar to Chimo, and like its famous predecessor, may also suffer from the same syndrome. The condition commonly proves fatal among young animals and I could find no recent reports of this calf. Thankfully for Iceberg, Lemon, Mama Tanya, and the unknown white bull, they aren’t believed to have Chediak-Higashi syndrome; but further genetic tests may be necessary to completely rule it out.
IMAGE SOURCES: WILD WHALES (#1) / CAPT. JIM MAYA + SAN JUAN ISLAND UPDATE (#2) / FEROP (#3 #4 #5 #6 #8) / H. FEARNBACH (#7) / ORCA OCEAN (#9) / GEORGE HUNTER (#10)
As always, feel free to contact me if you spot an error! :)
Frick, just noticed a typo.
Image #3 is Mama Tanya.
Images #4, #5, #6 are Lemon.
I don’t like the way this is worded lol but you get the point.
Sincerely hope this is true.
Dolphin hunting boats in Taiji are out looking for dolphins :(