Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Group of Killer Whales does not Leave Aimlessly

S/R # 2

In FOX’s (2008) article, “7 Puget Sound Killer Whales Missing, Presumed Dead,” it discusses why seven of the killer whales that live in Puget Sound have disappeared by taking different scientists’ opinions. First, the article tells us if the seven orcas really died, that means a strong decrease is happening in orcas’ population. The scientist Balcomb compares that with US financial problems, because the number of killer whales is 83 now. Also, he states that one of the seven orcas is male, which is from one group, but two of them are young females. Then, he says that this uncommon disappearance of orcas at one time led to salmon decline. Next, the article illustrates that there are three kinds of pods living in this area, J, K, and L, which have special characteristics, such as unusual sound, eating salmon only, and unbelievable show and have ascended and descended in population. Also, another man called Garrett mentioned the same thing as Balcomb said about the salmon problem. Later on the biologist Hanson says maybe they have travelled to other places searching for food, but it is an uncommon thing to lose two young female at the same time. One of them is Luna’s mother, and Luna died in 2006 because a blade on a boat hit her when they made her move to another area, but another one is Luna’s brother. Finally, he states that maybe the number of orcas will increase if new baby is born or maybe they will appear somewhere else, but Balcomb believes they are dead.

I think they are still alive, but they have gone to another place because they want to find Luna; they want to change their habitat to another place, and they want to make a balance among the foods of the area.

First, we know that Luna’s mother and Luna’s brother are from the seven killer whales that disappeared in the Puget Sound area, so they may have gone to find Luna. The problem here started when Lone separated from her pods, because orcas like to be together as family, but when they separate, they may die or meet each other again. In fact, that is an exaggerated idea, but maybe that is the real story. Luna’s mother does the impossible thing to convince the rest of them to do that with her because that might threaten their lives.

Next, I believe that killer whales do not recommended for captivity, because they like to amuse people by themselves in the sea, not in the pool. Killer whales are a kind of animals; they love freedom because they love to do what they want, such as playing with other animals, going to another place, and jumping out of the water to make people glance at them. They do this entire thing to allure people to see their performance. For example, we can see killer whales attack a trainer because they want to do what they want not what the trainer want.

Finally, these animals know there are some areas that are over their carrying capacity, so they will die if they do not leave the area. Actually, when they leave some area, they help themselves and help other orcas that are still in the same part. Because the foods are not enough for all of them, they suggest finding a different place rather than staying then dying. They do the right thing when they are moveing. We should respect the killer whales, because they are intelligent animals. They are remarkable animals and I admire everything they do. If I could talk to them, I would to encourage them to do what they did.

In conclusion, the seven killer whales are not dead, because they went to search for Luna, they feel happy with freedom, and they think the Puget Sound area has overpopulation. Those sea animals know how to survive, because if they not, maybe now they would be extinct.


Fox (2008, October 27). 7 Puget Sound Killer Whales Missing, Presumed Dead. Retrieved October 28, 2008, from,2933,444011,00.html?sPage=fnc/scitech/naturalscience

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