When the two sides come together, the argument boils down to one major point, should we “Free Willy?” Those who side with the whales, whether their reasons be emotional or defended with welfare standards, feel that the whales should be released back into the wild or into private coves3. The opposing side makes valid arguments against the release of the currently captive whales. Currently captive whales were either removed from the wild at a young age, albeit in a cruel way, or they were bred in captivity11. The point in discussing this issue is not to address the cruelty of taking an animal from the wild, or to argue whether or not breeding programs are successful or appropriate. What needs to be addressed regarding the release of captive whales is their survivability in the wild6. Many killer whales are bred in captivity now, and thus have depended on humans for the entirety of their lives7. If a captive bred whale were released into the wild, it is likely that he or she would approach humans which could be dangerous for both the human and the whale. Captive bred killer whales would also likely have difficulty hunting, as their food was always provided for them by humans.
Great white sharks are the biggest predatory fish in the ocean and they can grow to about 15 feet in size, although larger than 20 feet have been seen. Their name comes from the white underbellies of the sharks and their bodies are designed to blend in with the seabed. The great whites have powerful tails which makes them excellent swimmers that can travel up to 24 km/h. They have many rows of triangular shaped teeth and have a great sense of smell and even their body can sense electromagnetic fields produced by animals. They mainly eat sea lions, small toothed whales and sea turtles. These sharks can be found in cold coastal waters around the world, scientists are not sure how many
There is a rapid increase of rays, skates and numerous small pieces as a result of the decrease of sharks along the eastern seaboard. As a result of intense fishing of sharks in the northwest Atlantic over the past few decades, the shellfish populations such as scallops and Chesapeake bay oysters are decreasing. One of the contributions to the 73 million sharks killed each year is due to the supply of fins need to make the Chinese delicacy shark fin soup. According to Charles Peterson, a marine sciences biology and ecology professor at the University of North Carolina, between 1970 to 2005; there was a 97 percent decrease in the scalloped hammerhead and tiger sharks along the east coast. During that time, 14 different prey species’ populations increased. Moreover, overfishing is a contribution in the declining numbers of sharks. People are more open to trying different foods
How much do you really know about the hammerhead shark? Most people assume a shark is a shark, but there are many different types of sharks all with their own distinct qualities. However, the nine species of hammerhead sharks are easily identified by the unique shape of their head which resembles a hammer and is the origin of their name. Hammerheads are cold-blooded mammals that can grow up to 25 feet in length and weight as much as 1000 lbs. One of the most interesting features besides the shape of their heads is the fact that they have a 360 degree view, meaning they can see above and below them at the same time. Hammerheads are definitely an interesting mammal.
The ocean is a giant body of water that is home to all types of fish. The ocean provides a rich environment for a plethora of animals from the tiniest of fish to the enormous whale. In the ocean, these creatures live and explore. Some of them must hunt other fish in order to survive, which means that others must try to avoid predators. Nature has provided all of these animals with a unique capability to survive. The ocean abounds with interesting animals of all shapes and sizes that have their unique appearances and habitats at different depths of the sea.
With an alarming one in four shark species endangered across the globe, we have come to a breaking point where our oceans ecosystems could suffer permanent damage if the practice of shark finning in the oceans off of Eastern Asia continues as shark population’s plummet.
The main point that I would like to get across is that sharks do not like to eat people, after one bite they generally don’t come back for another taste as we as people don’t have enough fat or flesh on our body for a shark to bother eating us along with the fact that we are very bony compared to a sharks regular prey such as seals, smaller fish and even other smaller sharks which means that the sharks have evolved to digest those animals with small bones or hardened cartridge and not our big thick bones.
The history and traits and what a dolphin looks like is what this rough draft is going to be mainly about.Dolphins have a big reputation for having lots of curiosity.Some people thought that dolphins were smarter than humans considering that they have more lumps and a bigger brain.Right now though people think that the human is much smarter than a dolphin even if they remember each other's names for years until they forget.This
Author Peter Benchley was born in New York City in 1940. Over the next 65 years, he became one of the most widely-known and respected conservationists in the world. He used the acclaim from Jaws to alert the world to the growing danger of sharks, other sea creatures and the oceans themselves. Before the publication of the book in the 1970s little was known about sharks. Benchley wrote Jaws based on his imagination and the memories of summers from Nantucket, Massachusetts. His tale of a man-eating great white was published in 1974 and became a movie in the summer of 1975. Jaws became the first blockbuster movie of the U.S. In this research paper we will see what impact Jaws had on Americans and Benchley’s reaction to the impact.
Ever since wild animals such as Killer Whales have been captured and kept in theme parks and zoos as amusement, there have been issues on whether they should or shouldn’t be kept in captivity. Killer Whales, otherwise commonly referred to as Orcas, have regularly been taken away from the sea at a very young age so they can be trained, raised and kept in theme parks for exhibition. Although theme parks no longer capture whales from the wild, they are still bred in captivity for public display at marine parks such as Sea World (Gorman). Sea World and other theme parks confine whales to tanks that, for them, are about the same size as a
For years there has been a debate on who is the top predator in the ocean. Of course the shark is an easy choice but recently in the last couple years the killer whale has emerged as a challenge towards the Great White. The Killer whale is a worthy opponent towards the great white do to its bigger size and better and smarter hunting techniques. As history has shown great whites as dominant and scary they have been to the ocean as the apex predator they have been known to be the killer whales prey. When killer whales have attacked sharks they have turned the sharks upside down. When a shark is turned upside down they tend to go into a paralyzed state and can do nothing to fight back. Killer whales have learned that doing this move has shown
The two graphs shows the diving patterns of transient and resident killer whales within a three hour range after midnight. It also shows the depth of the ocean where the certain killer whale is traveling to. I believe that graph A represents resident killer whales and graph B represents transient killer whales.
Territories border a specific species’ personal space, the Orinus orca is no stranger to this as any other living thing. What makes the whale’s reputation “killer” is its compliance to territories. Killer whales are innocent, but immature. Their actions prove them to be “killer” as witnesses say, but do they really think on the Orinus orca’s perception of the situations of violence they are involved in? Killer whale’s do what any other wild animal does, and when captive it is no surprise they would do the same. Orinus orcas are playful, misunderstood creatures that do not deserve their reputation as killer for an ocean of reasons.
I am going to tell you all about whale sharks’ adaptations. First, whale sharks diet is that they do not attack They do eat shrimp. Second, there habitat is in the warmer areas. Some have been spotted in the cooler warters. Last there habits they are solitary creatures. Whale sharks like to hang out together and eat together. Now you know about whale sharks.
According to world wildlife organisation, overfishing occurs when more fish are caught than the population can replace through natural reproduction. Gathering as many fish as possible may seem like a profitable practice, but overfishing has serious consequences. The results may not only affect the balance of life in the oceans, but also the social and economic well-being of the coastal communities who depend on fish for their way of life.