Whales, what should I talk about this incredible animal? These giants are extremely smart and sensitive. It certainly is true that upon observing killer whales, both in the wild and in captivity, that they exhibit a range of emotions from joy, fear, frustration, and anger, as well as self-awareness. In the wild, orcas stay with their families for life. Although splitting up families in captivity is profoundly traumatic, separating calves from their mothers is the most traumatic separation possible.

They live in appropriate climates for their species and are subject to the boundless environmental stimuli that only the ocean can provide. Each group speaks in a unique dialect.

Recently was released a documentary called Blackfish, a documentary that focuses on the captivity of the killer whale ‘Tilikum’ and portrays all the cruelty and reality about these orcas in captivity. The whales who born in Marine Parks as SeaWorld lives between 4 and 5 years, but this weekend something amazing happened along Canadian Coast, the oldest orca was spied swimming off the coast. J2 or more affectionately, Graany a 103-year-old is in great shape and little over a week, Granny and her pod have traveled 800 miles. But while the Granny sighting is thrilling for us, it’s problematic for SeaWorld.

CSLI Student Thays from Brazil

CSLI Student Thays from Brazil

But the worst nightmare for the whales’ lovers is the Japanese Whalers. They kill 900 per year, claiming to be for scientific purposes, but in fact the whaling is part of the Japanese culture and also for culinary purposes, whale meat is very expensive. The trapping is illegal and some activists as the Sea Shepherd attempts to prevent the action of the Japanese. This week a friend introduced me a site that blew my mind and my ears. It is a website based in British Columbia, Orca Live, which has five separate hydrophone locations as well as two webcams, one above water and one below water. The cameras are not always on but the hydrophones are and you can hear them, killer whales on the other side of the planet swimming around talking to each other it’s an amazing feeling.

The whales must be free and live in their natural habitat. Here in Canada have the Whale Watching, where you can see up close and learn about this beautiful and amazing animal.


By Thays from Brazil

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  1. Muhammad says

    What a shame that you didn’t see whales up close.The Sea World trip is usulaly really good and very convenient if you are staying in Surfers Paradise or near there. If you go again, may I suggest you try the folks down at Coolangatta Whale Watch, it is a bit of a drive, but they are a family business and they really go out of their way to make the trips special. They have had an awesome season of whale watching this year, and on about 50% of their trips they are seeing dolphin pods too. Now is the time for mothers and calves (baby whales).Sadly for Min (who commented above) April is not a time for whale watching, but there are lots of other things to do and see.CheersAnnie from Gold Coast

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