Proof That Rescuing Wild Orca Whales Works – Little Springer is Now a Mom!

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Springer’s story started a little more than a decade ago when her mother died and she was separated from her family of British Columbia of Northern Resident orcas. She found her way down to Puget Sound – thin, hungry, and lonely – and set off a debate on how to help her.  A few voices expressed that nature should be allowed to take its course, but the biggest decision was whether a rehabilitation and release effort should be made, or if the twoyear old calf should go to Seaworld.
From a previous article (Seaworld versus the orca Springer, the one that got away):

But Springer’s story could have turned out  differently. Several aquariums – including SeaWorld – lobbied to have her brought into captivity, but fortunately an environmental group located legal documents  containing a 1976 agreement between SeaWorld and Washington State (a result of the Penn Cove fiasco), proving that SeaWorld is barred from participating in any capture of any orca in Washington waters.
Statistically speaking had Springer ended up at SeaWorld she may have been dead by now (according to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS), “At least 137 orcas have been brought into captivity from the wild since 1961. 124 are now dead, surviving an average only four years in captivity.”).
Or, like other captive whales she would have been bred far too young.
A similarly aged SeaWorld orca, Kohana (born in 2002) was impregnated at seven, and summarily rejected her calf, Adan.  She is again pregnant by her uncle, Keto, and is due to have her second calf this fall.

(Kohana’s second calf was also rejected, and died recently).

Another of Canada’s resident orcas, Corky, has spent her life confined to a pool in Seaworld, a victim of the captures that were permitted in the last century.  Canadian citizens want her back, and the success of Springer to reintegrate into the pod, to thrive, and to bear a calf are all factors that illustrate that Corky’s return could be successful.
The question is, will the mindset of nearly a half century ago continue to prevail, or will public sentiment be able to end the display of wild dolphins and whales as circus animals?
Now that we know better, will we do better?  Does Corky have a chance? Or the little Dutch killer whale, Morgan, who now is trapped in a Spanish amusement park but whose fate is dominated by an American company, Seaworld – will she have the opportunity that Springer had?
It really is up to each one of us to do what we can.  Join in the Empty the Tanks Worldwide Event this month (July), or share information widely, and we will do better for these animals.

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