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Hannah Fraser swims dressed as a mermaid with humpback whales off Vava’u Island, Tonga, to raise awareness of marine life and oppose whale hunting. Photos by Ted Grambeau
Shouka Water Desensitisation Training
As requested, the footage I got of Shouka doing water desense training. This was filmed on April 7th.
Just in case anybody is confused what is going on, let me try and explain. They gated Shouka into the medical pool and had three trainers stationed around the pool. Another trainer entered the water whilst the other 3 kept her attention, asked for some behaviours (tail slap etc.) and reinforced her. The trainer in the water did reinforce her with a rub-down also. They moved her between trainers whilst the trainer in the water splashed around and generally acted like someone who had fallen in might act. Shouka did not seem to react.
It didn’t last very long, only about 5/6 minutes and afterwards she was gated out of the medical pool into one of the back pools.
Playtime on Flickr.
On our last day in San Diego before heading up the coast to Anaheim and LA with did ‘Breakfast with Shamu’ and were lucky enough to have ‘the family’ in the pool.
Before the interaction started Kalia, Nakai and Makani were playing and Makani was sliding up onto the slideouts and pool edges. I just sat down and turned around to see this adorable face staring back at me so I snapped a photo quickly through the glass.
Orca, Makani - SeaWorld San Diego
Please do not re-post or remove the credit on this photo, thanks!
Orca Cuddles - Makaio loving up on one of his traineres