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Young orca caught in Wadden Sea

Thursday 24 June 2010

A 3.5 metre-long orca, said to be starving and weak, has been captured by sea mammal experts in the Wadden Sea.

Staff from the Dolfinarium in Harderwijk helped catch the animal, which was spotted swimming between the sea resort of Lauwersoog and the island of Ameland on Wednesday.

Because the animal, a young female, is too weak to be taken out into open sea, it has been taken to the Dolfinarium to recover and will then be released again.

Dolfinarium spokesman Bert van Plateringen told the paper the animal is fighting for her life. Dolphin trainers are constantly with her in the tanks to stop her bashing into the sides because the animal is not used to a confined space, he said.

The last time a live orca was spotted in the Wadden Sea was 1947. Orcas, also known as killer whales, are the largest member of the dolphin family.

For a picture of the orca, click here

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

This is what happens when a sentient, sovereign creature is put in a tub. The guise that she is "too weak" is apparently not accurate. She's using up her strength to be free, though. LET HER GO. If she passes on, that's her fate, but we have no right to do this to her "for her own good." HOw arrogant! If you want to help her, start by keeping her in a larger natural environment instead of a tiny bowl. LET HER GO!

By JT | 24 June 2010 1:21 PM

Poor orca; now the training and manipulation already begun. This is how most dolphinariums operate. They need to make the animals totally dependent on humans. The animal is getting crazy because the sonar signals it sends out keep bouncing back on those walls so the first thing they will automatically learn is to stop using their echolocation system which they need so badly to hunt for food and protection. The poor animal is now forced to eat dead fish, handpicked by humans. Sometimes they are not willing to eat dead fish and those will be force-fed through a tube to keep them alive and break their spirit. When that is accomplished and the spirit is totally broken they will inform us via the media (free advertisement) that the animal will never be able to go back to nature because they can't feed themselves no more that will make themselves look like even bigger heroes, but actually they are the biggest losers because they are the abusers. Confining the orca within those walls is the worst thing they can do. The dolphinarium trainers are not helping the animal but helping their company plus it is publicity with manipulated words making us believe they are doing a good thing. The first thing they are looking for in such stranded marine mammals is; If the animal is weak enough but has a fair survival chance to be caught trained and bring in positive publicity and lots of cash; If so, than they will go for it and catch the poor animal. They will use the media to make us believe the animal could and would not survive without them, to make them look like the big heroes. On the other hand if the animal is too weak it is not interesting enough to make bucks and they won't spend so much on saving it. This way most dolphinariums love to get their animals the cheap way. Buying these creatures is very expensive and has to be done secretively especially lately with all the awareness going on. There is a yearly meeting for dolphinariums where they discuss and exchange all sorts of things and strategies. They will bond strongly specially now that the public is becoming more aware of their manipulations they are feeling it financially and need more positive publicity. Suddenly more and more dolphinariums are rescuing more dolphins and other marine mammals so they can say: “See we are helping the animals come spend your money with us we are doing so good for the animals, so pick us”. Well yeah I’m picking on the dolphin industry and people who say they love dolphins could do more to defend and protect the dolphins.

By Mercedes De Windt | 24 June 2010 2:23 PM

If the animal is bashing its head in the tank, it is not weak. How do we know this Orca was not "captured" from its pod, with the intent of selling it to a larger Marine Park???

By Sherri Ocaso | 24 June 2010 2:52 PM

Come on people! They're planning on releasing the orca according to the article and that is very likely to be the case - Harderwijk has much experience in rehabilitating porpoises, they have taken in at least three that I know of this year! Besides if you look at the photo you will see that she is severely malnourished, almost skeletal. An orcas head should NOT be that shape! I can entirely believe that she is indeed far too weak to have been taken to the open sea and am keeping my fingers crossed for a safe recovery!

By Keira | 24 June 2010 3:39 PM

I do not believe that a profit making centre that uses dolphins for 'entertainment' purposes has captured this poor young Orca out of the goodness of their hearts to try to help her. Anyone that believes that is surely NAIVE!!
This Orca needs to be released ASAP, she is clearly very very distressed- banging her head repeatedly shows she is frustrated & confused
LET HER GO!!!!!!!!!

By ELLIE WOOLER | 24 June 2010 5:51 PM

It is my hope that this orca youngster can be returned to her native pod. Hopefully a DNA sample may reveal its origin.
It worries me that she has been given a name and that the dolphinarium officials already contemplating public access.

By Uko Gorter | 24 June 2010 7:37 PM

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