This is incredibly dangerous, not to mention disrespectful to the animals. PLEASE remain at least 100 yards away from whales and dolphins when boating, canoeing, and yes, even kayaking. I know in the US this is the closest you can legally be to these animals, and you may not position your vessel in the path of the animals. If you are watching, remain a respectful distance, again of at least 100 yards, and pull up along side of them. If they change positions, CHANGE YOURS.
Yet this is what many of you are promoting as THE RIGHT way to see orcas.
Now imagine there would be not only these two kayaks but a dozen or even more interfering with the orcas’ hunt. Because yes, they are intefering. Normally the orcas would focus on the salmon but in this video they also have to focus on not ramming these kayaks which are in their way.
Actually, NONE of us are saying you should approach ANY animal this closely in ANY vessel. But, clearly you are only hearing/reading what you want to. Anytime you are observing an animal in it’s natural habitat, it should be done at a safe and respectful distance that will not disrupt the animals activities.
As you have pointed out, these kayakers in the video were technically in violation of the law and were not being respectful of the animals. They probably should have been reported. THIS is not what ANY of us are supporting, as you say we are. But thank you for putting words in our mouths, it is greatly appreciated. :)
I’m not sure if this is only the law for Washington state or the entire U.S., but the legal distance was changed from 100 to 200 yards. When I went on my trip, every boat we saw on the water was at the very least 200 yards away. If the whales come any closer to your vessel, you are required to turn the engine off, let your boat drift, and wait until the whales are a safe distance away.
I believe the distance change is only in Washington state. But the requirement to turn off your engine if the animals are coming towards you is nationwide.
I’m taking the liberty to post on this again, as I’m really interested in this.
"The baby false killer whale currently under care at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre remains in critical condition, however we are pleased with his progress so far. He has gained some weight, his respirations have improved, and his buoyancy continues to improve slowly. He has a long road ahead to recovery, but we are happy with these improvements.”
She does not bleed from her tail. She hasn’t since December of 2012.
There is nothing wrong with her dorsal. This photo is quite misleading. Her dorsal has bent since forever, you just cannot see it as well in the first photo. She’s always had those chips. She is not deteriorating.
She is not ill. She is actually doing extremely fine and is healthy. There is nothing wrong with her.
But does that change the fact that it has happened before? Her dorsal doesn’t look good at all. It shouldn’t look like that. Captivity is ruining her. Sadly, she will never leave due to her health. But even so, she doesn’t belong there.
Of course it doesn’t change the fact that it hasn’t happened. However it does not happen anymore, which is why i corrected what you said above because it was false.
The mere fact that it doesn’t happen anymore goes to show an improvement in her behaviour and her care. Which should suggest something about her welfare.
We cannot force ourselves to believe something and then put it on the animal, to say that captivity is ruining her, when in reality we don’t know that the animals thinks the same way.
We can sit here and get upset over her dorsal when in reality, judging by her behaviour, it hasn’t bothered her for the past 38 years, and clearly it’s still not bothering her.
We are so quick to get so upset over an animals situation, when in reality the animals could care less.
You have the worst case of denial ever, I’m sorry dude lol.
Aaron is one of those people who have the truth right in front of them but refuse to see it! poor guy
Actually the shadows in the first image would indicate that the dorsal was not bending so much in the direction of that in the second one. So no, quite wrong, in those regards.
July.17.2014 - The calf of Sif, a Harbor Porpoise at Fjord & Baelt, has passed away at 2 days old.
According to the translation of the News article, the calf had died the morning of July 17th after it would not nurse it’s mother, Sif.
“Fjord & Belt was ecstatic when the porpoise, Sif, for the second time gave birth to a new baby calf.
The joy did not last long, however, as the calf, which was too little, did not nurse from his mother.
The staff nursed by Sif and gave it to the calf in the hope that it would stimulate the digestive system and hungry.
I volunteer at Vancouver aquarium and saw your posts... I was wondering if you had any questions about the aquarium you'd like me to answer? Or if you want me to ask staff anything?
— Asked by Anonymous
Nah. I do not think you asking the same questions that I asked would truly make any difference. Clearly, people staffed at these facilities are heavily guarded as to what they want to or should say to you. I’d rather not hear the same tripe, to be brutally honest. :/