VIDEO: Close Encounters of the Wild Kind
Whoa! Who’s looking at whom?
Guests of the Monterey Bay Whale Watch were treated to an incredible encounter with Bigg’s killer whales.
What started out as a traveling group of possibly two family pods, turned into a very up-close encounter. As the group crossed the outer bay, the juveniles started to get curious about our vessel as we watched them travel. The first, few passes were very brief, but we decided to try towing the camera behind the boat. The juveniles LOVED IT. You can see in the final clips that they are nudging it (the camera) with their rostrums, even showing their teeth a few times. These whales chose to investigate the camera on their own – showing off their intelligence and grace. ~ Monterey Bay Whale Watch
Contrast this to the dolphins and other whales – mere shells of their wild counterparts – imprisoned at marine parks throughout the world. No manmade, artificial environment, no matter the size, or water quality, can ever hope to replicate their wild worlds.
Please help us keep them wild by Taking the Pledge to NOT buy a ticket to a dolphin show.
Featured image: screen capture, Monterey Bay Whale Watch / YouTube
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It might be true that we don't recall many moments from our early years. However, Cara's first memory of a dolphin had her begging her parents to ask the trainer to let the dolphin go! The problem with captivity was evident to her, even as a 4 year-old child.
A writer by trade, Cara has researched, investigated and documented dolphins suffering in captivity. From documenting dolphins incarcerated in buildings, cut-off from fresh air, sunlight and normal socialization to researching cases of animals imprisoned in solitary confinement, Cara is a dedicated dolphin welfare advocate.
It is her belief that education equals empowerment. The more information shared, the better our choices and knowledge of how to act as a positive and respectful voice for dolphins across the world.
Cara is based out of Canada and makes time whenever possible to observe dolphins in their natural environments. She is writing her first fiction novel but knowing her, the marine world will play a prominent role in her book!
"The use of animals for entertainment is nothing more than an abuse of dominance. Some of the most sentient species on the planet have been exploited to incomprehensible levels, all due to their inherent benevolence. Ironic, considering that we turn to the abused themselves for displays of humanity."
~ Cara Sands