Fun shark attack facts:
- In 1996, toilets injured 43,000 Americans a year. Sharks injured 13.
- In 1996, 2,600 Americans were injured by room fresheners. Sharks injured 13.
- In 1996, buckets and pails injured almost 11,000 Americans. Sharks injured 13.
- For every human killed by a shark, humans kill approximately two million sharks.
- Humans are assholes.
- Sharks are not assholes.
- Apparently everyone in 1996 lived in a real-life infomercial.
So for my AP United States History class we have to write a research paper; my topic is the gay rights movement in America. Today I began reading one of the books that I chose as a source
And I opened it up to the dedication page and found this
And if you don’t think that’s one of the sweetest and most romantic things ever then get out of my face
The greatest “DID YOU JUST” face in cinematic history.
I am here for Ellie Satler scoring points off Alan Grant at any time of day.
this movie is gonna fuck me up
Interesting video about a study done by/still being done by SeaWorld about how social change can affect a killer whale’s vocals and even introduce new ones.
Except the research still isn’t relevant considering they all speak completely butchered version of their birth languages :V
And it still isn’t applicable to wild animals since many of the changes in social structure in captivity are entirely artificial (moving animals between parks, separation between pools etc)
The social associations formed by captive animals are absolute parodies of wild orca social structure. We’ve known for years that cetaceans are capable of learning dialects and calls unique to other groups they come into contact with. This is neither groundbreaking nor particularly useful. The study was done to determine whether dialects are learned - something we already know to be true.
And this chunk here is just a pack of lies:
There are deeper implications of this study. Learning whether social association affects the calls of killer whales sheds important light on how wild populations of whales interact. Scientists still don’t know if and how populations of killer whales can merge. The data from this study give clues about how that might occur.
For starters, social associations in captivity are often forced. Who an individual interacts with is based almost entirely on who happens to be in the pool with them at the time. Since the social structure is wildly different from that of actual pods, it doesn’t actually give any clue as to how members of a wild population interact.
We may not know much about how wild populations merge, but we’re sure as hell not gonna learn anything by studying the calls of animals forced to live together in a messed up society that barely begins to resemble y’know, actual wild orca. Forcible merging of different groups is not the same as social interaction between two different wild populations, and on top that we’ve seen it cause violence and death in the captivity industry. Remember Kandu V, anyone?
If you’re going to use research as an argument for captivity, that research actually has to be applicable to other populations of orca.