A Study On The Killer Whales

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Killer whales were first captured and separated from their family group (pods) to be put display for the public 1964. After years of research in their natural habitat and at marine parks throughout the world, it has become obvious that they belong in the ocean and not kept in captivity (Rose). The stress that killer whales feel at being kept in tanks for the general public’s amusement changes their natural behavior and makes them a danger to anyone who has direct contact with them. I feel that after so many years of having marine biologists and veterinarians studying these animals in captivity that little can be left to learn about the killer whales to justify breeding killer whales and keeping them in marine parks.
Killer Whales are the largest member of the dolphin family and they found all over the world but in the largest quantities in the colder water of the Arctic and Antarctic. They have also been reportedly sighted in the warmer waters of the tropics and off the southern coasts of the United States (“Welcome”). Male killer whales can weigh up to 22,000 pounds and females killer whales can weigh up to 16,500 pounds. The markings on the killer whales are distinctive to each animal. They are typically black on the topside with white undersides and have white patches around their eyes. The area behind their dorsal fin can be gray or white. The dorsal fins on male killer whales are much larger than on the dorsal fins found on the female killer whale which makes…

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