Killer Whale and Water Parks

The orcas

The Killer Whale

The Orca or Killer Whale is a marine mammal that belongs to the dolphin family.
The Orca is an extraordinary animal. A perfect killer and he is one of the animals at the top of the food chain, as it has no natural predators.

Adult males can weigh 10 tons while females 7 tons. Is a very social animal and lives in herds of up to 40 specimens that differ according to some characteristics. Not least whether they are permanent or migratory.

Usually, there is a female with other sterile females.They are sedentary or migrating they are following with fish rather than seals or even other cetaceans.

Orcas and Sea Parks

In this post, we are not interested in giving you all the extraordinary features of the Killer Whale. That you can find in this post about orca. We are interested in highlighting the fact that often to please our children, perhaps superficially we bring them to see these animals in the Sea Parks, keep reading and you will see that you will not carry them more.

There is a particularly interesting thing that tells us so much. The Killer Whale usually does not attack humans. There is no documented case of an attack on a man. So much that it is not considered a danger to our species. But with the specimens kept In captivity in the water parks around the world, cases of mortal attacks to humans, usually their instructors, have been several.

The captivity consequences

Killer Whale Tilikum
By Milan Boers – https://www.flickr.com/photos/milanboers/3507418462/, CC BY 2.0

From this consideration comes the conviction that captivity forces these animals to the advent of high stress. And are these stresses to cause accidents and not the wickedness of the animal. We remember belongs to the dolphin family and does not hunt man.

We take advantage of it to make the audience aware. It’s great to go see these shows up close. But think about how bad is it, should not they be free in their natural habitat to live just as you live that nature has assigned to it?

And then do you know how they are treated to live in these prisons? We said they belonged to the dolphins family, and they are as clever as the dolphins. Just look at the hunting techniques they use. So refined that combined with the force has given them the assassin whale title. And not only that, scientific research has proved that Killer Whales has even a part of the brain more than man. Yes, you have well understood, their brain is complete more than ours.

The Seaworld lesson

The story of Seaworld and especially Tilikum also reveals the relationship between man and animal. These guys (the instructors) started out realizing a dream. And then as time passes they realize that something does not go in the dream. Unfortunately are the deaths of their friends to make them understand. These animals kill because their living conditions are not adequate to their natural needs.

To be honest, it does not take much to understand that 10 tons of animal inside a pool cannot be good. It does not need to be scientists just have to be fair. But we are human and sometimes we need to pass through the experience even hard before to understand.

In conclusion

So dear parents, bring the kids to Disneyland to have fun. And if you just want to teach them to love wild animals (like I hope) bring them to their natural environment. Accompanied by expert guides who will teach you all about them safely and in the respect of the animals. Nature is our biggest teacher, we need to love her.

This post wants to be a help to understand that we are not so different from animals. We are of the same kingdom, we are animals! Why we accept the captivity cruelty? No more animals in captivity, please!!

The video below is a nice story about orca

Caracal the cat who love to catch birds

Caracal, the best birds hunter

Caracal Caracal Scientific Name: Caracal caracal English name: Caracal or desert lynx Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Link to Red List page: Caracal in the red list Habitat he loves the desert or semi-desert lands, he lives even in the small bush of savanna. Caracal prefers drylands, so just in the forest don’t live. Anyway, … Read more

Serval – another beautiful African cat

Serval

Serval Serval Scientific Name:Leptailorus serval English name: serval Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Link to Red List page: serval red list Habitat: Serval doesn’t love the desert or semi-desert lands, he lives preferably in the small bush of savanna because he needs the river presence with water. Dimension: Serval is a small wild cat if … Read more

Daphne Sheldrick The Elephants' Mama

Unforgetable elephant's mama - Daphne Sheldrick

The Elephants’ Mama Today we are very sad to read very bad news. Wildlife lovers and all the conservationist world cries the death of Dame Daphne Sheldrick. In Kenya, she was an institution. She was the founder of  David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. She works at the project started by her husband the whole life with his family. The actual DSWT is probably the more … Read more

Kenya Great Migration In Masai Mara

the great migration crossing river

Kenya Great Migration In Masai Mara Kenya Great Migration We spoke in a previous post about the Great Migration. But in that post, we explain the migration in general. And we had illustrated the long process from the birth of wildebeests to Kenya and return to Serengeti. Like we have told, in terms of time and miles traveled the biggest part … Read more

Elephant the biggest terrestrial animal

Elephant in black and white

African Elephant Scientific Name: Panthera pardus English name: Leopard Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Proboscidea Family: Elephantidae Link to Red List page: Elephant red list Habitat There are three species of elephants, African bush elephant, African forest elephant and Asian elephant so the habitat is different between the species. Is very adaptable and he can find in savannah, … Read more

Orca or Killer Whale the queen of dolphins

Killer whale

Orca the queen of dolphins Orca is classified Data Deficient by the IUCN. Follow the link below to understand what is meaning. Anyway is not in extinction risk generally but only locally. Scientific Name: Orcinus orca English name: Killer Whale or Orca Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Cetartiodactyla Family: Delphinidae Link to Red List page: Orca or Killer … Read more

Big Five Africa tradition and marketing

Leopard Serengeti

The big five in Africa The term “big five” is meaning the five animals more aggressive. The origin is from colonial age, where the first safari hunters called big five. They are the five animals more aggressive and so more difficult to hunt. Actually, the term big five have large use in the photographic safari marketing. Safari company use this … Read more

Meet orcas whales and dolphins

Orcas looking for seals

Kayaking meet orcas whales and dolphins

Meet orcas

This is a tribute to Nathan Pettigrew, a man who like Kayaking in New Zealand. Like you can read on his Youtube channel, he loves the wild marine animals and the interaction with them in respect of the wildlife interaction rules. We love people with this kind of approach to nature, with respect.

meet orcas

People like Nathan usually love even to promote this kind of approach. And they do this because their relationship with nature and wildlife is big and deep. Is very comfortable to hear which some species, are now in a better situation than in the past. During the video, you can watch Orcas, leopard seal, bottlenose dolphin, southern right whale, the humpback whale. If you want to visit New Zealand and watch the marine mammals, is better before you read this post of the official department of conservation of New Zealand.

Permits

Many activities need a permit. Perhaps if you have a guided tour you don’t need but is better anyway to read all.  In case you want to interact with mammal alone, you will need a permit. Especially if you’ll filming and then will share on blogs or social media. Follow the rules because the Govern’s effort is important and need the help of anyone, locals, and tourists.

Like you can see in the video, the mammals arrive very close to the beach. And is possible to observe the animals simply sit down on the rock, this approach ave many advantages. For example, you don’t need a boat, or maybe some member of your group doesn’t like to meet orcas so close. Perhaps the most important is that if you don’t use the boats you help to reduce the background noise in the environment.

The mammals like orcas dolphins or whales use the sound for to research preys. The same concept of sonar, so if in the environment there is a lot of background noise, the mammals are disturbed in his hunting.

Thanks, Nathan Pettigrew for the beautiful and emotional video

Brown bear one of biggest carnivore in the earth

A couple of brown bears

Brown bear

Brown bear

IUCN LC
IUCN red list classification as Least Concern

Scientific Name: Ursus arctors
English name: Brown bear – Grizzly bear
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Ursidae
Link to Red List page: Brown Bear red list 

brown bear grizzly bearDimensions:

The brown bear is big, is the biggest carnivore in the world, the dimension is different according to the subspecies, the Grizzly bear is usually between 170 and 280 cm long and tall at the shoulder is between 90 and 150 cm. The weight can be up to 650kg. When he stands up on the rear legs only he can arrive or even pass 3 mt. According to the researchers, the brown bear dimension depends on the food availability, this is the reason because the Kodiak bear is the biggest, he eats primarily salmons and this makes him so big. Another proof is the dimensions reached in captivity where the biggest specimen when has died weighed close to 1100 kg. The dimensions listed up are referred to the male specimen. The female is usually between 20 up to 50% of male.

Habitat:

The Brown bear prefers mountain places and he loves the semi-open place. In the Arctic region, the global warming is creating new areas suitable for brown bear. At the same time is removing areas at the polar bear. In Eurasia, the preferred habitat is the forest.

Where to find:

the 80% of the brown bear population is Alaska, Canada, and Russia. The remaining 20% is fragmented in Europe and other areas near the biggest population.

Lifestyle:

the brown bear is a very wild dangerous animal, its strength is great. Imagine one paw with the front legs can break the backbone of any animal. But is not a serial killer, his attack is classified and any time there is a specific reason. Mostly time is victim’s mistake the origin of the attack. In North America, the 70% of fatalities is by mother defending cubs.

The Alaska Science Center ranks the following as the most likely reasons for bear attacks:
Surprise
Curiosity
Invaded personal space (this includes a mother bear protecting her young)
Predatory intent
Hunting wounded
Carcass defense
Provoked charge
(source wikipedia}
The data above are regarding America’s brown bear. So in many other places, the behavior can be very different. But in any case, when you meet a mother with cubs stay far or die. I want to remark that this simple rule about mother and cubs is valid for any animal species.

The Brown bear don’t have any enemy, is alpha animal in his territory. The only competitor can be in some areas the Siberian tiger, where they share the same territory. Difficult to see fighting by adults of tiger and bear. Usually, if there is attack have as a target the cubs of the competitor.

Brown bear diet

is 80% vegetarian and the remaining 20% is hunting some prey. Just in the case of Kodiak bear, for example, the diet can be hundred % salmons and eggs of salmons. This is the reason because Kodiak bear is the biggest of all subspecies of brown bear. If the brown bear needs to be considered very danger is even true is danger in exceptional cases only. In the most case, he meets humans he leaves; he doesn’t like the human contact. unfortunately, there is the exception like for example in Yellowstone Park. In Yellowstone, the tourists are a lot and they do camping, and the bears are generally waste lovers. So if he feels the food’s smell he starts to search it. They can destroy tents or even cars, better don’t be there.

brown bear kodiak bear Major risk:

two are the big risks for brown bear, the climate changing with the global warming and the human activities. Is generally classified Last Concern by IUCN red list. Anyway some subspecies in some areas are Engendered. In the case of Kodiak bear the situation in particular, the destiny of this bear is cruel, in Kodiak island the hunt is permitted and regulated by ADF&G, every year 496 permits are released in front than request of 4500, fortunately not all the hunters kill a bear, and actually the number of killed is less then 200 per year, but the number is increasing.

We know the local residents collaborate with the authority for the respect of the law. They fight against the poaching in hunting and fishing and this is remarkable. There is no official data regarding the conservation status of the Kodiak bear population. The IUCN classifies the brown bear and not the subspecies. We want to suppose which the population is stable, anyway remain the moral problem. To kill a specimen for to save another specimen is a contradiction in terms. I think children understand better than adults this discrepancy.
As usual, we hope reason and common sense will be used in the future for to protect this beautiful animal with humanity and love.