Kiska. She lost her most recent baby in 2009; the last of five she’s lost.
She looks so miserable.
Saying she looks miserable is anthropomorphizing the animal. You don’t know what she feels so therefore to say she looks miserable is wrong.
Firstly this was opening day, its typical behaviour for an animal to be moving slow like that, she needs time to get adjusted to having more guests around. That cough could have easily come from the weird winter we had last year, the snow was barely finished melting on the day this was taken, and the sun was shining bright, a cough was bound to happen, she needed to adjust to weather changes on her own.
Its very strange how we always discredit lone orcas because they are alone. You are dealing with an animal who has the mental capacity to entertain themselves without the need for any given stimulation. I’m pretty sure if they went to UV, and posted pictures of the 11 belugas in the pool next to hers she’d probably be able to pin point which is which, based on their vocalizations. We force ourselves to believe that these animals are going psychologically insane because they don’t have the social company of their same species. We underestimate their knowledge. For this very reason is why MLC has animal behaviorists and university students at their park right now,along with every other winter, day and night, studying Kiska (in the past, all the other whales as well). She is apart of many research projects, this keeps her very stimulated, but no one cares for this, she is alone, and crazy, all lone orcas are. They equip all their guides with this information, and they share it in their Stadium Show with the guests before it starts, its important to them that their research part of being aquarium gets across to the guests.
All lone orcas have amazing personalities, the only reason why everyone feels the need to bash the parks they live in is just because the animal is alone. It would be awesome to see them with a companion, but even though its not feasible at this momment, it doesnt say they are suffering.
Here are some better videos to watch:
Though i really like the one posted (for the way she itches on the wall), these ones show the many differences between the beginning of the season toward the end. She is swimming and moving much faster then from the video above, and she is on the ball being responsive to her trainers. In the first video, she responds extremely well to a rubdown along her jaw (haha she is so into it). In the second video she is bridged for doing a behaviour whether it was a hula or she was returning from a layout it was mental enrichment/stimulation. She also is eating very well as you can see.
Kiska is doing just fine. :)
You start of by telling me I can’t say Kiska is miserable and then you end with saying she’s doing fine. If I can’t say she’s miserable then surely you can’t say that she’s fine.
Are you serious about the weather being at fault for her logging at the surface? If that was the case wild orcas should be logging and coughing every time winter comes to their habitats yet that doesn’t seem to happen, does it? Wild orcas are active no matter the season.
Oh, Kiska is in research programs and other orcas have been as well? Please show me some of the research papers done by these scientists who study the animals at Marineland. Really, I would like to see the results of this research and how it will contribute to our knowledge about orcas.
We all know how important it is for orcas so socialize with other orcas. They have extremely close social and family bonds. The fact that you try to shrug Kiska being alone off like it’s no big deal or of great importance for her life quality says a lot about how you’re willing to overlook her needs to satisfy your own which is to keep her locked up in this pool so you can one day be her trainer.
In regards to the videos you’ve posted, “she’s moving much faster”. She’s not really moving fast at all though, is she? She rolls on to her back to get a scratch and then she has her mouth open in order to be fed. That’s basically it. If those were the best videos you could find of her being active and moving fast then that’s pretty sad, isn’t it?