they make it look so easy like oh hey im just a 6000 pound animal gracefully floating out of the fuckin water
25 Years Since Exxon Valdez
On March 24th 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez hit a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into one of the most pristine environments on the planet. It was one of the most catastrophic environmental disasters in the history of the United States.
The toxic oil wreaked havoc upon local wildife; 1,000 to 5,500 sea otters died in the months following the spill, and it was only within the past few weeks that it was announced that the otters had returned to pre-spill numbers. 30,000 dead birds were recovered, but scientist estimate that 100,000-690,000 birds were actually killed.
And then there were the orcas.
On the day the spill occurred, the local orcas made the devastating mistake of swimming through the oily waters. The second photo is of those orcas, the AT1 transients. Prior to the spill, there were about 22 orcas in the population; small, but they were still able to reproduce successfully. But 9 whales disappeared after the spill. It is assumed the missing whales died after inhaling the toxic vapors given off by the oil or from eating heavily oiled harbor seals. Since 1989, a total of 15 out of 22 whales have gone missing. Only 7 remain, and not a single calf has been born in 25 years. This genetically unique population, one that has hunted the waters of the sound since perhaps the last Ice Age, is quickly slipping towards extinction, and soon their special and one-of-a-kind calls will no longer echo throughout Prince William Sound.
The AB resident pod was also in rough shape following the disaster. The large pod was seen swimming in the oil slicks in Knight Island Passage 7 days after the spill, and researchers confirmed that 7 out of 36 orcas had gone missing in just the week since the spill. It was later confirmed that they died. The following spring, another 6 orcas died, including a mother that left behind six of her children, one being a young calf. Three of the orphaned calves died in the following years. Normally the mortality rate for orcas is around 2%, but after the spill the rate for AB rose as high as 20.7%. In addition, the dorsal fins of a few males collapsed. Pictured above is the male AB3 before and after the oil spill. He was a healthy and robust whale in the years before the spill, but afterwards he was sluggish, not approachable, and breathed heavily and slowly. He died a few years later. Today AB pod is doing better, but is not fully recovered. Calves have been born into the pod and seem to be doing well, but it will be awhile before this pod shakes off the terrible effects of Exxon Valdez.
If you walk along the beaches of Prince William Sound today, all seems well. You can spot numerous seabirds, sea otters, seals, and even orcas. The environment appears healthy and clean. And for the most part, it is. But if you take some time and turn over a few rocks, you can find oil, still there after 25 long years.
Let us hope we have learned something in the years since the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and let us hope that we never again witness another environmental disaster like this.
I am positively fuming right now. Seaworld just AI’d a nine year old orca. Orcas have about the same lifespan as humans (females living 60+ years) and they usually don’t mate until their late teens. Apparently Seaworld didn’t get the memo.
She’s Pregnant. At Nine. Years. Old. On fucking purpose. How fucking dumb are they? They are risking Kalia’s life and the life of her unborn calf. Kalia is not mentally prepared for a calf, she’s still a calf herself! Not to mention her size, she’s tiny. How much of a strain is this going to put on her body? Not to mention the fact that Seaworld California is maxed out space wise. They have 10 orcas right now. That’s fucking ridiculous, they don’t even have enough room for those 10 to live comfortably, why do they need another? With the Blackfish bill a looming possibility, you’d think they’d be thinking of where they’re gonna put these whales within their other parks, not adding more for laughs. This has disaster written all over it. And Seaworld did this intentionally. Because they need more ‘Baby Shamu’s to make money off of.
Seaworld basically just said ‘fuck it, we know we don’t have space, we know it’s a bad idea, but we want more baby whales for tourists to gawk at’ and impregnated a fucking child… I’m completely disgusted, sick to my stomach. Fuck this company. It needs to fucking stop.
Lets have a dystopian future movie where none of the actors are white
Not a single one
There’s just no white people and not a single character questions it
Watch how quickly people notice and get pissed off
Best lesson from a Disney movie
This is an underrated movie
This is a grossly underrated movie.
every year after you turn 17 you get further away from being the age of the dancing queen and that’s my least favorite thing about growing up
ah but when you turn 34 you’re two dancing queens and thus having twice the time of your life. and at 51 you become the dancing triumvirate and three golden crowns are forged in your honor
lots to look forward to
A gecko utilizing claws on their feet to defy gravity.
Fact: David Bowie is a gecko