Anonymous asked:

What days do you work @ Dolphin Point? (Don't feel like you have to answer if you're worried about privacy or something...I get it)

Hey! I am full time there so I work 40 hours a week. I’d rather not say what my weekends are but I do work 5 days a week!

Happy birthday to my beautiful little sister, Ashley!! You have grown into such an amazingly beautiful woman and nothing makes me happier than seeing the happiness you are experiencing right now!! You deserve every single bit of it. Thank you for all the laughs and smiles over the years, and your unwavering support as a sister and bestfriend. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without you thinking back to all our memories whether they be from sharing a room growing up, to high school, to RCC years, to family vacations. Your are a very special and unique human being,  and I love you forever!! @ashtreespirit 💙💙💙 #sistersandbestfriends #solucky #birthdaygirl

Happy birthday to my beautiful little sister, Ashley!! You have grown into such an amazingly beautiful woman and nothing makes me happier than seeing the happiness you are experiencing right now!! You deserve every single bit of it. Thank you for all the laughs and smiles over the years, and your unwavering support as a sister and bestfriend. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without you thinking back to all our memories whether they be from sharing a room growing up, to high school, to RCC years, to family vacations. Your are a very special and unique human being, and I love you forever!! @ashtreespirit 💙💙💙 #sistersandbestfriends #solucky #birthdaygirl

nimwey

Anonymous asked:

So collapsed dorsal fins...explain those. Wild orcas don't have them.

meladejo5 answered:

hahahaha woooowwww, someone is….

nimwey:

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Well it clearly never happens in the wild.

And if you want an explanation, the most “popular” theory among captive whales at least, is simply gravity. Captive whales spend more time at the surface (and on slideouts) than wild whales, and over time, gravity will make a huge, heavy fin (which all adult males have) start to droop.

Haha yeah whoever it was who sent the anon, sent two of the exact same thing twice, a few days apart, because I didn’t respond to their first message. Pretty funny.

On a serious note though, while there are so many hypotheses out there on why the dorsal fins collapse, I agree with gravity being part of the cause. The other factor I believe causes dorsal fins to collapse are growth spurts. As the whale experiences a growth spurt, they believe that the dense connective fibrous tissue in the fin softens to allow for growth. During this time if a whale spends more time at the surface, they are more susceptible to the effects of gravity. The soft tissue is not able to support itself. Once the whale’s growth spurt ends, the tissue hardens and becomes more firm like it was before the growth spurt. The fin will stay whatever shape it was as the growth spurt ends. So if during that time the fin began to collapse, it will remain like that for the rest of the whale’s life (if it was their last major growth spurt) or when the next growth spurt occurs, the fin has the opportunity to stand up straight again if the whale spends more time underneath the water surface. There was one occurrence of this happening in the wild that researchers witnessed. 

When Ulises lived in Spain, he spent most of his time at a viewing window with just a portion of his dorsal fin sticking up out of the water. To this day, only the upper half of his fin leans over.

Another example, more current, is Ikaika. Ike is experiencing a massive growth spurt which started a few months before he turned 11 last year. Since last summer, he has put on about 600 lbs and you can see the growth in his pectoral flippers. He is experiencing a lean in his dorsal fin at the same time he is experiencing this growth spurt.

I saw the mentioning of this hypothesis in this scientific paper that includes a questionnaire filled out by those in the scientific community. I also had a conversation with Dr. John Durban and Dr. Holly Fearnbach from NOAA, in summer 2013 during one of their many visits to SeaWorld about collapsed dorsal fins out in the wild. They were doing a presentation on SRKWs and talking about the research they were doing with SW’s killer whales to help them learn more about the health of the SRs. Plain and simple, they said during their research out in the wild, they have seen a small percentage of killer whales with collapsed dorsal fins. I think I trust them much more than a random anon. 

Anonymous asked:

I support you 100%! My dream is to become an orca trainer @ SWC- they have been my passion for five years now. Not every anon will send hate mail. I don't have a Tumblr account. Anyway, keep up the GREAT work! <3 <3 <3

Thank you!! :)

Anonymous asked:

Don't listen to the hate mail. You are an amazing person with an awesome job and a wonderful blog. Keep up the good work!

Haha thank you! I honestly couldn’t care less about their opinion. If I cared what people like that thought, I would be going absolutely no where in my life. Lions don’t lose sleep over the opinions of sheep.

Anonymous asked:

You're scum. You don't love these creatures. If you did, you'd be protesting Seaworld. Not helping them fill their pockets.

Bahahaha! 

Dear Anon,

I could not care less what you think about me or what I do. The fact that you had to say this anonymously shows what a coward you are and I find it comical that you need to hide to say such a thing to someone you don’t even know. How about you grow some balls and stand by your opinion, and maybe get a life as well?? 

Also, I allowed the anon option to see what kind of idiots I would get sending me hate mail out of curiosity. You felt for it and provided me with a good laugh. Thanksssss, and go fuck yourself.