captive orca profiles 74 skana

 
captive orca profiles 74 skana
SKANA aka WALTER. This was the whale who inspired Greenpeace USA. http://blog.oup.com/2013/09/greenpeace-origin-killer-whale-skana/ Skana was one of the first pod of Orcas captured, on February 15, 1967, in Yukon Harbor, Washington. The entire Southern Resident K Pod, at that time 15 members, was captured. Three died during capture, and five were transferred to the Seattle Aquarium for sale, including Skana, Ramu I and Kandu I. Skana was thought to be a male and therefore named Walter. She was Vancouver Aquarium's first female orca and was during her first few months there without a companion of an orca. Almost a year later Hyak 2 arrived, luckily the two got on quite well. Trainer Doug Pemberton described young female Skana as the dominant animal in the pool. "She is capable of changing moods in minutes". He described Skana and her young male companion Hyak 2 as "moody", and recalled that, "Skana once showed her dislike by dragging a trainer around the pool. Her teeth sank into his wetsuit but missed his leg." Skana had another incident witnessed by Dr Sandra Scott "When I was narrating a Killer Whale show with Skana at the Vancouver Aquarium in summer 1979, Skana closed her jaws on the trainer's head during a part of the show called the Kiss. Skana held his head in her mouth for a few seconds and then released her jaws. The trainer left the show immediately, blood streaming from his forehead. Skana was sending a message; she was in control. The Kiss was never done again." Skana performed with Hyak 2 until she died on October 5, 1980, at the approximate age of 19 years, from a mycotic infection which is a fungal disease which can be brought on by the use of long term antibiotics. As in humans antibiotics kill good bacteria as well as good which them paves the way for fungus to grow. http://news.google.co.uk/newspapers?id=VjVgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xG8NAAAAIBAJ&pg=7061%2C1716019&dq=killer+whale+vancouver&hl=en — at Vancouver Aquarium.
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