‘Monster Mash’ by Misfits
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Happy Birthday Peter Weller and Nancy Allen, June 24th.
SeaWorld could have some explaining to do.
An orca known as “Granny” J2 (pictured above) has been monitored since her discovery in the 1930’s! She is now 103 years old and was recently spotted again off the west coast of Canada with her pod. Her pod consists of her children, grandchildren, and ever her great-grandchildren! One of her grandchildren we know as Canuck. Canuck was captured by Seaworld at an early age, and reportedly died at just 4 years old.
As her pod has grown, Granny has kept up with them magnificently. In fact when she was most recently spotted she had just finished swimming an 800 mile journey from the coast of northern California. Orcas are meant to have the space to travel 100 miles per day, but some will barely swim a collective mile in Seaworld’s holding tanks.
This is not only because of the lack of space, but also because of the listlessness of the orcas themselves. Being separated from a pod is known to cause horrific mental and emotional stress, and can prevent calves from developing properly, or healthily. They can become lazy, depressed or even violent.
SeaWorld has claimed that “no one knows for sure how long killer whales live,” but the The Whale and Dolphin Conservation project estimates that whales born in captivity only live an average of 4.5 years. The majority of SeaWorld’s killer whales die before they reach their 20s. The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) estimates that wild female orcas, such as Granny, live up to 50 - 60 years on average.
While it’s true that most wild orcas don’t live as long as Granny has, their lifespans are still drastically longer than those of SeaWorld’s. Wild orcas also have the opportunity to fill their lives with much more swimming, exploration, variety and bonding with their family and friends - in other words, their lives are likely filled with much more joy.
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