Captivity Kills. Stop the captures.
Captivity Kills. Stop the captures.
wow this is one of the most tragically beautiful photosets i’ve seen
Oh hello, enormous orca swimming right under our sea ice!
I feel a lot like the penguin in the foreground who is screaming ACK ACK ACK
My favourite orca family in the whole world are the A8 matriline of the A5 Pod, A Clan. Right from the start, this matriline were made up of legends.
When research first began and the IDing process started, the A8 matrline were made up of the following:
Eve, the matriarch and a regal lady.
Eve’s two sons- Top Notch and Foster, both famous in their own right.
And finally, Eve’s only daughter, Licka.
Eve went on to die a hideous death. She washed up on a beach in a horrific state. Even though a death was never determined, Eve paved the way for orca research and truly changed everything. Her impact was massive.
It wasn’t just massive for researchers though. Eve’s two sons did not take kindly to her death and their cries were heard for miles and miles.
The plus side was that Licka, Eve’s only daughter had 3 beautiful daughters of her own:
Yaka, Havannah and Holly/Sonora.
Unfortunately, that was a period of time when live captures were taking place everywhere. People were desperate to take babies for captivity and the A8s were no exception. Licka herself was caught but let go when determined she was too old. Yaka was not lucky enough to escape.
Yaka was very sadly taken in a rather brutal capture before the other two were even born so Havannah and Holly never even met their big sister and Yaka never had the chance to carry on the matriline.
Time passed and as Havannah and Holly grew, their maturity was apparent from a young age. The sad part was that Top Notch and Foster didn’t last particularly long without their mother. Top Notch died shortly after and Foster the following year.
To make matters worse, once Havannah hit puberty, Licka died leaving Havannah at only age 11 in charge. It also became clear that Havannah was infertile when she would fraternise with multiple males during mating season and just never fell pregnant.
Luckily, Holly had her first daughter Kelkpa fairly early on. On a foggy morning on Valentine’s Day, Holly was seen with a beautiful bright orange baby. It wasn’t long before little Kelpka was determined a female.
But at just age 4, Kelpka passed away due to a severe skin infection known as erysipelas. It was a hideous time for Holly and Havannah. The pair went along to where she died and literally screamed for elongated periods of time.
That same year, Holly gave birth to her first son, Surf. Things went steadily and happily for the whole family as Holly eventually gave birth to two more daughters- Current and Cameleon.
Surf grew up fast and transformed into a massive bull.
He became an amazing big brother to his little sisters at the same time as bonding hugely with many other bulls such as Surge and Fife.
Then, the unthinkable happened. Holly returned home with her 3 children and no one else. Havannah had passed away.
Holly wasn’t vocal during this period. She didn’t cry or scream. She was just silent. Numb. She wouldn’t go near any other matriline or pod. Lots of matrilines tried to include her in their activities but she didn’t want to know. It took her months and months before she found herself able to carry on.
On the 27th December 2012, this picture was taken.
Holly had given birth for a fifth time!
And now, Holly and her 4 children live together happily. Baby A103 is almost 1 year old but appears to be doing beautifully.
And that’s their current situation.
So, my favourite family are the A8 family. They’ve been through such a lot and dealt with so much death, pain, heart break and fear. They’ve lived through captures, captivity, illness and devastation.
But through it all, they’ve remained a unit. And it’s clear just from photographs and video footage that never once has their love faltered. That’s why they’re my favourite.
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