Thursday, February 25th, 2010

I feel like today I have been staring at this trying to figure out where the lines cross.  Not literally, just a metaphor.

via 3Z

This morning I heard the sad news of the death of a trainer in Orlando, Florida.  They are claiming that she fell or slipped into the pool and drowned when attacked by a killer whale (orca whale).  Although eye witnesses report that she was attacked and dragged into the water.

I remember seeing killer whales in a show and feeling quite sad for them.  Part of me thought that it might be like keeping pet cats (like chubby and needy Tillie and Tallie), but then I have to remember that domestic cats are domestic.  They have had many hundreds of years (probably  thousands) of domestic breeding and are far from being a wild animal.  I shudder when I think of Tallie trying to  survive on her own in the wild.

Killer whales are wild animals, they are carnivorous and they are intelligent and calculating hunters.  A few months ago I heard a person say, on TV, that killer whales have never been reported to kill people and the few attacks that have been reported have been put down to mistaken identity as they thought we were seals.  I think that this is a very narrow minded and blinkered opinion.  They are killers, and I remember reading about Ernest Shackleton’s account of being hunted and attacked (in a highly organised and intelligent way) while in antarctica.  I remember reading it and it being chilling.  These were cold calculating hunters who knew exactly who and what they were after.