Say NO to marine parks!
John & Julian, 1974. (Photographed by May Pang)
Pod: Southern Residents
Place of Capture: Vaughn Bay, Washington State
Date of Capture: February 1968
Age at Capture: Approx. 3 years
In February 1968, twelve Orcas were captured in Vaughn Bay. A young male was reportedly the only one that was kept. He was held at the Seattle Marine Aquarium before being bought by the Miami Seaquarium where he was housed in a small pool that is now used for housing manatees.
In 1970, a second Orca arrived. Her name was Lolita (formerly known as Tokitae) and she was also from the Southern Resident population. They were kept separate at first but would often call to each other until Hugo was moved to the tank that had been built for Lolita. The two did not seem to get along at first, which also resulted in Hugo becoming aggressive towards his trainers.
Eventually, the two whales began to get along. Much to the delight of employees, they mated on multiple occasions, sometimes even during shows. This supposedly resulted in Lolita becoming pregnant several times, however she never gave birth to any live offspring.
Hugo also had a history of self-harming behavior that consisted of him slamming himself into tank walls, as well as multiple aggressive acts towards his trainers. He once broke the glass viewing windows, ending up with him cutting off the tip of his rostrum, which was later sewn back on by veterinarian Dr. Jesse White.
On March 4, 1980, Hugo passed away after slamming himself into a tank wall and suffering a Brain Aneurysm. Some claimed it to be an act of suicide. His body was then lifted from the tank, and disposed of at the Miami Dade Dump.
Life is …..
i didnt go anywhere cute enough for this today
ummmm i wore sunglasses inside for these selfies smh
Delis photo bombed ya. Lol
allisoargent you know that big guy is wrestler Dave Batista, right?? Love ya darling niece.
Oh baby, all I need is one more chance. Won’t you please let me back in your heart. Oh darlin’, I was blind to let you go. But now since I see you in his arms.
oh America. French fries crusted in cheese, even when baked, does not count as healthy! It’s healthier than regular fried fries, but this is not healthy.
Eat a vegetable! (caveat: not fried, not smothered in cheese and or fat)
Dem fries look delicious though. No they’re not healthy America! America get your shit together! Eat a carrot!
Sarah you should bake these!
Maybe I will. Lol