- Injured Killer Whale Put Back to Work at SeaWorld San Diego
- Oregon to Use Fireworks to Deter Sea Lions
- Filmmaker’s Obsession With Atlantis Brings 5 Mini-Films
An orca that suffered a substantial injury to its chin in September has been put back into performances, despite still bearing a visible wound. The killer whale, called Nakai, sustained a plate-sized gash in his flesh under the chin area, an injury that SeaWorld has stated was caused by scraping against a track that holds fast the gates that separate the orcas in two holding tanks. PETA disagrees, however, and had filed a complaint at the time of the injury with the USDA, claiming the injury came as a result of an altercation between Nakai and two other orcas at the marine park. Although SeaWorld says it has addressed the issues with the tanks to make them safer, PETA contests that the health of their captives is not the primary concern, as SeaWorld only confirmed the animal was injured after pictures of the wound began circulating on the internet.
In an effort to protect Chinook salmon and steelhead stocks with non-lethal methods, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is taking a different tack: fireworks. Beginning February 4, wildlife officials will implement “hazing” the California sea lions that compete with fishermen for the valuable fish, deploying specially designed fireworks from a boat on the water and the bottom of the Willamette Falls fish ladder. The crew will haze the sea lions every day during daylight hours until April 30, from Willamette Falls to about a mile downstream of the I-205 bridge, in hopes that they can scare them away from where the salmon and steelhead congregate before entering the fish ladder, which is a popular place for the sea lions to swoop in for their meal.
Film director David M. Reynolds has channeled his love for the underwater world, mythology, and an obsession with the lost world of Atlantis into 5 mini-films that he hopes will pave the way for 3 feature-length films in the future. Spending the last two years working on a budget that has been primarily crowd-funded using sources like Kickstarter, the mini-films take the viewer through various places in time where humans have come into contact with the fabled Atlanteans. Check out the first episode of the series here: