Smiley face

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kamairuka:

kalia-s:

Looking at these pictures

https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/estelskyla/13899300912/

https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/estelskyla/13899274151/

I believe that encounter got too aggressive. Val was holding Keijo on his chest and out of the water, it looked like, and in the second picture his penis is…

Here’s the pictures of Valentin keeping Keijo from entering the water (thanks for finding these Lia)

what the heck Val :c

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kamairuka:

nerdynalani:

porkyuli:

cute-whales:

freedomforwhales:

seaworld-secrets:

behind-the-aquarium-glass:

wtf is happens in Marineland? 

Poor Keijo

Ummmm, no it’s not. Babies are well cared for by the entire pod in the wild, not attempted to mate with. This is sick, and really sad that the social systems in captivity are so messed up that things like this happen.

Just yet another example of the ways that being captive messes with these animals’ minds.

o______________o

I’m pretty sure sexual behavior in cetaceans can be a form of bonding?

Sexual behaviour can be a great for bonding, especially among younger males. It also helps them get out their aggression, and they’re often better friends for it. Its seen a lot with younger males, like Ike and Nakai.

Granted, Keijo does seem a bit young. However, I don’t consider myself any sort of expert. Quick where’s kamairuka she knows all.

Val was at one point literally holding Keijo out of the water. I don’t believe this was sexual play; Val was attempting to legitimately mate with Keijo. And aggressively so. If Val was going for bonding he could have played swords instead of hovering over an infant calf and lifting it out of the water to prevent escape.

I’ve seen sexual bonding before (I once watched Nakai spend three hours straight being intimate with and mating Keet), and this is not it.

now I’m just plain worried. :c

Is this normal? →

porkyuli:

cute-whales:

freedomforwhales:

seaworld-secrets:

behind-the-aquarium-glass:

wtf is happens in Marineland? 

Poor Keijo

Ummmm, no it’s not. Babies are well cared for by the entire pod in the wild, not attempted to mate with. This is sick, and really sad that the social systems in captivity are so messed up that things like this happen.

Just yet another example of the ways that being captive messes with these animals’ minds.

o______________o

I’m pretty sure sexual behavior in cetaceans can be a form of bonding?

ive neverreveveveer heard it done towards a calf, though? hell even when i went dolphin watching, some of the dolphins started mating right in front of an accompanying calf, but never.. you know, on the calf.

would be an interesting thing to study further, id imagine. it’s not right of us to assume that, because of our own moral codes of conduct, that this is not normal behavior in a cetacean.

but in the context of a human being, i retain my “o___________o” face haha

Is this normal? →

freedomforwhales:

seaworld-secrets:

behind-the-aquarium-glass:

wtf is happens in Marineland? 

Poor Keijo

Ummmm, no it’s not. Babies are well cared for by the entire pod in the wild, not attempted to mate with. This is sick, and really sad that the social systems in captivity are so messed up that things like this happen.

Just yet another example of the ways that being captive messes with these animals’ minds.

o______________o

save-lolita:

Corky 2 was the first orca to get pregnant in captivity. While she was pregnant, no one was even aware of it. Her first calf (pictured) was born on 2/28/77. The father was Orky 2. The calf was a male and only lived for 18 days. The cause of death was listed as pneumonia and brain damage. It was suggested that Corky was too young when she was taken from her mother, and she didn’t learn how to nurse a calf. She received training, and had 6 more calves, the longest only living 47 days. A reason the calves died so young could have to do with the shape of the pools at Marineland of the Pacific. They were small circles, and Corky had to continiously push her calf away from teh walls and could not properly present her mammaries to the calves. Marineland was eventually sold to SeaWorld where she suffered her last miscarriage after being moved while pregnant. 

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lissodelphis:

Uh oh, here I go, stating an opinion I have on captivity:

I never really understood the argument that marine parks don’t care about the animal’s welfare, they only care about money.

I mean, of course they care about money, that’s the main reason the industry got started in the first place (duh!)…

well that’s not necessarily truly /caring/. that’s more of a .. necessity if it comes down to the bare minimum of keeping their animals alive and looking healthy to be on display.

orcaobsessed:

Found this photo of Keiko at Reino Aventura. He logs at the surface watching the set crew build his animatronic double for the movie Free Willy. I wonder what was going through his mind when he saw that thing!

orcaobsessed:

Found this photo of Keiko at Reino Aventura.
He logs at the surface watching the set crew build his animatronic double for the movie Free Willy.
I wonder what was going through his mind when he saw that thing!

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