Photo: Rainer Schimpf
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
In anticipation of the killer whale feature on Dolphins – Spy in the Pod tonight on BBC1, I thought I’d share this with you.
This juvenile killer whale is disabled. He is missing his right pectoral fin and half of his dorsal fin meaning he has difficulty in swimming at times and is unable to hunt. But he’s well looked after by the rest of his pod, who hunt on his behalf, share food and assist him in reaching the surface to breathe when he has difficulty :’)
The majority of other mammals living in family groups would instinctively see a disabled individual as an unsustainable burden that would be unable to contribute to the continuation of the species. But not killer whales, of course.
I have loved these animals since I was a little girl, but they still never cease to entirely amaze me. They, quite simply, do not belong in captivity.