A Whale a World Away in Distress – Sleepless in Tiny Tank, and the Clock is Ticking

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Whales and dolphins never sleep, at least not the way we do.  They have brief quiet periods of semi-alert consciousness, but there are no quiet hours of reprieve from boredom, stress, or grief.  And most baby dolphins (including orcas), can’t stop swimming, at all, until they build enough blubber to provide buoyancy and warmth*.
In the wild, their families support the calves, take turns watching over them and protecting them.
Alone in captivity, however, they circle endlessly.  Day and night. Rain or shine. When the parks close, the visitors go home, and just the nightwatchmen patrol the grounds, the whales have nothing to do.  Hour after hour.
And worst of all, sometimes they have no companions whatsoever.

To learn more about Morgan’s plight, please go to:
https://www.4just1.com/project/45
http://www.orkacoalitie.nl/
*http://blog.seattlepi.com/candacewhiting/2011/05/07/mother-dolphins-and-their-calves/

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