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Kiska’s dorsal fin is deteriorating fast.

Good god! 😳

ugh it always leaned too, i hope she’s not ill!

And let’s not forget she still randomly bleeds from her tail.

I don’t think she’s doing too well

She does not bleed from her tail. She hasn’t since December of 2012.

There is nothing wrong with her dorsal. This photo is quite misleading. Her dorsal has bent since forever, you just cannot see it as well in the first photo. She’s always had those chips. She is not deteriorating.

She is not ill. She is actually doing extremely fine and is healthy. There is nothing wrong with her.

But does that change the fact that it has happened before? Her dorsal doesn’t look good at all. It shouldn’t look like that. Captivity is ruining her. Sadly, she will never leave due to her health. But even so, she doesn’t belong there.

Of course it doesn’t change the fact that it hasn’t happened. However it does not happen anymore, which is why i corrected what you said above because it was false.

The mere fact that it doesn’t happen anymore goes to show an improvement in her behaviour and her care. Which should suggest something about her welfare.

We cannot force ourselves to believe something and then put it on the animal, to say that captivity is ruining her, when in reality we don’t know that the animals thinks the same way.

We can sit here and get upset over her dorsal when in reality, judging by her behaviour, it hasn’t bothered her for the past 38 years, and clearly it’s still not bothering her.

We are so quick to get so upset over an animals situation, when in reality the animals could care less.

You have the worst case of denial ever, I’m sorry dude lol.

Aaron is one of those people who have the truth right in front of them but refuse to see it! poor guy


He’s like Justin Beiber. A Canadian we DO NOT WANT. Please, someone…take him away…

I’ve actually messaged these photos to Dr. Naomi Rose and she is concerned. Says this is not normal, and that Kiska’s dorsal fin did not look like that back in September. She’s concerned it could be a health issue.

Animals Are More Than Mere Things. Let's Treat Them That Way


"That’s the big argument the zoos make. They want the public to think that a natural life is so absolutely horrible that any animal would be more than happy to be in a zoo. Existence of a species only in captivity is functional extinction," she says. "We have to co me to grips with the fact that we do not have the right to see and touch everything and everyone on the planet."


When you have them in a concrete tank, these are very acoustic animals which means that they rely very heavily on their hearing. We rely so heavily on our vision and on our sight, we can’t really understand that. They have perfectly good vision but they’re completely sonic creatures, their echo location, their passive listening is just far superior to ours. And so to put them into a concrete environment where it is very monotone and there’s simply no variety, no texture, no substance, no depth to the environment why use their echo location, they know where the four walls are, it’s an extremely limited environment.

There’s nothing in the tank, there’s no fish, there’s no algae, there’s no anything and so, it’s not that they can’t use their echo location in a concrete tank, it’s—why use it? They know exactly the limits of their environment so there’s no point to it and I think it’s a terrible thing to take away from them.- Dr. Naomi Rose



Despite numerous attempts with animals ranging from great apes to poodles, there has only ever been one animal truly taught to read. He was a performing orca named Hyak who lived at the Vancouver Aquarium for nearly 20 years. His lessons in reading comprehension started off as an accident. Dirk McKimmel, the senior trainer at the aquarium, found that the whale would often stop by the underwater viewing window that led into his office as he sat reading. He began to show the maturing 5,000 lb animal the pictures in his books and was quite startled by how interested he seemed to be. Thinking the whale simply enjoyed the novel visual stimulation, he soon took the books up to the pool ledge and began reading out loud as he showed the whale the pictures. This continued for about ten years but no one thought Hyak had any actual comprehension of the book he was being read. 

One day in 1980, a new cetologist at the aquarium began to question what was really going on in these sessions. In a highly controlled study, he began to ask the whale questions about the books. 

On that fateful day, the first thing we did was take Hyak to the smaller side pool in his aquarium, away from his tank mates. He was used to this as we often moved him in order to perform our behavioral experiments, however this time instead of asking him if an image on a screen was round or square as per usual, we asked him if Harold had indeed drawn the moon with his purple crayon. To our great surprise, Hyak distinctly nodded “yes.” We continued on with these studies for several weeks and found that Hyak answered our questions with a 96% accuracy rate on numerous different books McKimmel had been reading him. I decided to take it a step farther, holding books up to Hyak’s window without reading aloud to him. At first it felt a bit silly but soon I noticed when he wanted the page flipped, he would look up and meet my gaze, as though impatient with me. The very next week we attempted to test Hyak’s reading comprehension on this new book he had been reading and discovered he could answer every question about “the Emperor’s New Clothes” perfectly. 

[My Life with Whales- Nicholas Willens, 1995] 

Willen’s 1989 report on Hyak in Animal Cognition was quickly discredited as the idea of a reading whale appeared simply ludicrous. However recent research into the study has found no factual errors and many are arguing the paper should be taken seriously. Mary Kyles, a senior research scientist at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation society was recorded saying "As it has been proven that orcas are highly linguistic and speak in a language of their own, a whale in captivity with little to do but listen to his trainer read books could easily pick up the skill."

This story does not end well for poor Hyak. Defeated, both Willens and McKimmel stopped providing Hyak with reading material and he sadly passed away in 1991. Though he may be gone, his legacy lives on in the important contributions he made to our understanding of the animal mind and just what it is capable of. 

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This is why I love orcas. Their intelligence is just mind blowing.

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