We recently saw a blue whale from our Great Tide Pool deck—the largest animal on the planet! It’s an early sighting, as we normally don’t see blues until June.
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I was watching Keiko: The Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy when they showed this clip of Keiko swimming with a pod of wild orcas in Iceland.
It just makes me so happy knowing that he was finally able experience the life that he was supposed to live.
He went from a sickly, underweight orca who floated around in a nasty shallow pool in Mexico City to a robust whale who interacted with wild orcas and played in the stormy waters of Iceland.
Yes yes Keiko :)
This is one of those types of photos that really put captivity into perspective for me. A huge beautiful wild animal with this unexplainable presence about her; surrounded by glass and metal and concrete.
And on the other side, a bunch of gawking tourists flashing their cameras and waving things at her. They’ll ooh and ahh but they won’t actually think about how the whale feels. And then they’ll go home. Morgan will never go home. As of today she’s SeaWorld’s latest money-making baby factory, thanks to the humans who buy the tickets.
Researcher, Dr. Lisa Ballance (NOAA Fisheries Service), sitting on frozen sea ice in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, points to an adult male killer whale with a satellite tag on its dorsal fin.