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bumbleshark:

According to Australian news outlet ABC, Matt Waller, a tour operator in Neptune Bay, discovered that great white sharks act more calmly when listening to music by AC/DC, the Aussie heavy-metal band that reached its peak during the 1980s. The two songs favored by the sharks: “You Shook Me All Night Long” and “Back in Black.”

  • After Waller played the songs using underwater speakers, the sharks became “more investigative, more inquisitive and a lot less aggressive.”
  • “They actually came past in a couple of occasions when we had the speaker in the water and rubbed their face along the speaker which was really bizarre,” he said.
  •  By using music and not bait to attract sharks during tours, his company is helping cage-diving operations become more eco-conscious and environmentally sustainable. 

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in case you wanted another reason to love sharks and realize what cute dorks they are. hello :)

micdotcom:

It turns out ‘Blackfish’ has had a real world effect on SeaWorld and the mistreatment of orcas 

Blackfish, the award-winning, heart-wrenching documentary about the despicable conditions orca whales live in at SeaWorld parks, seems to have hit SeaWorld right where it hurts them the most: their wallet. Shares in the park operator fell by an astonishing 33% or so on Wednesday after the company reported an expected revenue drop of 6-7% this year, spooking investors who had anticipated a robust year.

They’ve confirmed they’re feeling the pinch

wtfevolution:

"I miss dinosaurs."

"Evolution, we’ve talked about this."

"But I miss them.”

"You turned them into birds, remember? It was the best you could do, given the circumstances.”

"It’s not the same."

"I know. I’m sorry."

"Can I at least make these cassowaries 50 feet tall?"

"Come on, you know that size didn’t work out so well before."

"Six feet, then? And over 100 pounds?"

"Yeah, that sounds better."

"And can I put weird prehistoric crests on their heads?"

"I don’t see why not."

"And can they slash people’s throats with their dagger claws?”

"Sure, pal, if that would make you feel better."

"I think it would. Thanks for understanding."

"You got it, evolution. Anytime."

Source: Wikimedia Commons / Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

zooophagous:

caong:

moreanimalia:

howtoskinatiger:

naturepunk:

The Oregon Zoo has a history of feeding their predators raw carcasses, which is pretty awesome - and unique for American zoos. Others who have tried this method of feeding have received so much backlash from visitors, who seem to think that it’s too ‘violent’ or gross to watch, that they had to cease doing it. 

We like to think we’re a bit more progressive in the Pacific Northwest, but even so, I heard a few people complaining that it was “Barbaric!” and “Disgusting!”, saying that “This is entirely inappropriate for children!” and things of that ilk, even though there were HUGE placards outside the exhibits warning, “RAW FEEDING IN PROGRESS; VIEW AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION!” 

As for the kids - I sat by the viewing window for at least half an hour, watching crowds of several dozen youngsters walk past and watch the lions as they ate. I heard comments such as, “Wow! Coool!” and “Ew, you can see it’s spine!” but not a single child looked at the scene before them with disgust and wanted to immediately leave. They were fascinated. They watched these animals with wonder and excitement, and put up a fuss when their parents got grossed-out and wanted to continue on before they did. 

Thing is, raw feeding is not only healthy and natural for captive predators, it’s also mentally stimulating for them, and greatly educational for visitors who aren’t too squeamish or sheltered to understand it.

"See how he chews with his head to the side?" one father told his young son,. "He’s got teeth in the back of his mouth that work like scissors cutting paper." 

"Why don’t I have teeth like that?" the boy asked his dad, making a chomping motion with his own jaws. His dad laughed, and told him, "Well, it’s because you’re not a meat-eater like they are. You eat plants, too. They don’t." 

That’s so awesome, it’s a shame so many people would rather have a sanitized image of nature. 

I’ve not been to many zoos but at the smaller wildlife parks I’ve been too it’s common practice to chuck in whole dead animals for the predators and there certainly aren’t any warning signs. A few weeks ago I was at a park that hung whole rabbit carcasses from the top of the enclosure for the lynx to leap up and grab, it was fantastic!

^ this, thankfully it’s pretty much common practise for UK zoos to feed whole animals (small mammals, chicks) or parts of ungulates to carnivores :)

Hang on. Raw feeding isn’t a widespread thing in the US? Do they cook the meat first or cut it up really small or something?

From what I’ve noticed in US zoos, they don’t do public feedings. I’ve never seen a zoo that doesn’t give a wildcat meat, but they do it indoors where people can’t watch, or otherwise conceal it.

Meanwhile, our zoo throws a whole deer carcass in the wolf pit.

summerstag:

weloveshortvideos:

Baby deer cries every time it tries to be put down

that noise that the fawn is making is a distress sound of it trying to call its mother, and it squirms because its trying to get away, not because it actually enjoys being picked up and held upside down (you should never pick up a wild fawn, they have no scent so they dont attract predators but covering one in human scent makes it much more vulnerable, if you have to, herd it out of the immediate area) 

please dont reblog this uncritically, messing with a fawn can cause damage to not only it but you if the mother returns and decides to attack. leave fawns alone unless you absolutely have to and then try to keep contact to a minimum

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

What's wrong with sea world?

adviceforvegans:

What isn’t wrong with SeaWorld? Here’s just a small portion of things:

-Mother and calf separation as young as 1 years old. (In the wild, they’re together for life.)

-Artificial insemination by physically jerking off the animals and using their hands to insert the sperm.

-Though they haven’t caught wild orcas in a long time, they fund it on the sly

-Food deprivation when VIP guests visit or if there’s to be an inspection. 

-Lack of regard for the safety of trainers.

-And orcas.

-And guests.

-Spending just 0.0001% of their profit on conservation but claiming they’re huge conservationists. 

-Misinforming the public and on occasion, actually lying to them. Particularly on the life expectancy of wild orcas. 

-Claiming they support educating people to care for the ocean during their orca shows but not putting any education into their shows what so ever.

-Claiming they always do rescue and release when 1. they have NEVER released an orca (because they’re the money making machines) but 2. they never follow up on the releases they have done so for all we know, they could all be dead. Part of a good rescue and release program is a check up at least a year later, to ensure that the animal survived. SeaWorld does not do that, and instead dumps the animal back into the ocean and claims this as “success”. The following quote about SeaWorld is pretty revealing about their attitudes regarding release:

"I worked at SeaWorld in San Diego. Had my season pass. My husband was a bait fisherman in SD. He and other commercial fisherman complained constantly that when Sea world rescued injured sea lions they would try to train them and if they were untrainable they would release them and the sea lion is half trained and not fearful of humans. These sea lions become a problem and as a result are killed by fisherman. I worked in the employee lounge at sea world and I heard trainers talk about the release of animals that they tried to train. I heard the concern for certain ones.I do not believe that SeaWorld should be allowed to capture and train any more whales and they should not be allowed to breed anymore.” - comment from Tonya Belden, worked at SeaWorld San Diego.

And another quote from this link:

"As for the rescue program…Some were saved and released, but if it didn’t bring in money, it was not considered valuable by the management.

We rescued a Risso’s dolphin in TX and worked day and night to bring that little guy (Turbo) up to healthy status. They moved her to the whale and dolphin stadium, gave her several types of psychotropic drugs, and she died within hours of receiving the drugs. The use of psychotropic drugs was NOT uncommon. When the Vet (Les Dalton) got the call saying she had died, his response was “Well, we got rid of that problem, didn’t we”.”

-Encouraging fishing tournaments despite the over fishing issue.

-Applying for permits to harvest sex organs from slaughtered dolphins

-They won’t hire ‘ugly’ trainers

-Claiming they don’t have enough money to retire their animals but the CEO threw himself a $3 million dollar birthday in his mansion that’s larger than all the SeaWorld orca tanks combined.

-Calling the diets of their orcas ‘restaurant quality’ when in reality, it doesn’t even match what they’d have eaten in the wild.

-They drug their animals.

-Dumping litres and litres of toxic chemicals into the ocean then having the audacity to say that they are all about saving it.

-Forcing orcas to get onto the ‘slide out’ (where they sit out of water and have their organs crushed under their vast weight). This includes heavily pregnant orcas. See ‘Gudrun' but if you want a more recent example, they’re still doing this to Kalia right now

-Inbreeding.

-Forcing infants to become pregnant.

-Overcrowded conditions. 
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I could go on…

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