“The Wild Truth” About Wild Orcas

Written by on August 20, 2014 in Marine Life, Whales & Dolphins
Whale watching tours. Photo credit: NOAA.

Whale watching tours. Photo credit: NOAA.

Over the past few years, we’ve learned a lot of (mostly upsetting) news about keeping marine mammals, specifically orcas, in captivity. Captivity can split up families, shorten an orca’s lifespan, make them sick, and cause a whole host of mental problems that can ultimately result in violence.

In the wild, most of these problems — particularly the behavioral ones — don’t seem to exist. But, we don’t often hear about orcas in their natural habitat.

Some wild populations are increasingly threatened, yet there’s a surprisingly small amount of research being done on the topic. Did you know that only 79 individuals remain in the Pacific Northwest?

Philippe and Ashlan Cousteau recently announced the filming of a new documentary, Orcas: The Wild Truth, that will highlight the issues orcas face in the wild and what we can do to help. Check it out:

The Weather Channel’s Sam Champion, joined by Philippe and Ashlan, headed to the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest a few weeks ago to learn more about wild orcas. Check out some of these AMHQ clips to learn more about wild orcas and the upcoming documentary: The Wild Truth, Survival at Stake, and Endangered Orcas.

Stay tuned for updates on Orcas: The Wild Truth!

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About the Author

About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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