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Behavior Most sharks are especially active in the evening and night when they hunt. Some sharks migrate over great distances to feed and breed. This can take them over entire ocean basins. While some shark species are solitary, others display social behavior at various levels. Hammerhead sharks, for instance, school during mating season around seamounts and islands. Some shark species, like the great white shark, attack and surprise their prey, usually seals and sea lions, from below. Species that dwell on the ocean floor have developed the ability to bottom-feed. Others attack schooling fish in a feeding frenzy, while large sharks like the whale and basking sharks filter feed by swimming through the ocean with their mouths open wide, filtering large quantities of plankton and krill.

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– A beluga whale named Nanuq died at SeaWorld Orlando on Thursday after he’d been treated for a fractured jaw he’d sustained in a fight with another whale. The park says the cause of death is “unknown,” pending a post-mortem exam. Now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is looking into what really happened. A USDA spokesperson confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel that the agency’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will look into Nanuq’s death — though it hasn’t launched a formal investigation yet. The service is searching for an indication that the park violated the Animal Welfare Act (again) in its care for the beluga. Last February, SeaWorld was found to be in violation of the Animal Welfare Act for keeping expired veterinary materials and failing to repair crumbling flooring in an animal enclosure. SeaWorld said last week that Nanuq’s post-mortem results won’t be available for 6 to 8 weeks. The company has said that the whale, who was 31 or 32, was at the natural end of his life, citing a journal of Cetacean Research and Management that found that wild belugas live about 30 to 35 years. But there is debate in the scientific community about their lifespan — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that they live 35 to 50 years. SeaWorld has cherry-picked data before to misrepresent the life spans of animals. Trainers and docents at the parks previously told visitors that wild orca whales live only 25 to 35 years, and that captive orcas live much longer, as shown in the video below. But the sighting of a 103-year-old orca named “Granny”— plus new data showing that orcas live 50 to 60 years on average in the wild — proved SeaWorld was fudging the numbers. credit to @boycottseaworld_

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Q And A post! @cetacean.lover: what’s your opinion on Kalia’s Pregnancy and the birth of Amaya? I am against the breeding of captive killer whales, even more so when the female being impregnated is significantly younger that her wild counterparts. As for Amaya’s birth, I am glad she and Kalia survived, however I’ve already seen videos of her exhibiting aggression. @ella.has.the.phone.box asked: do you like Guacamole? No, I do not like guacamole and you know that. Very witty. @kkcoolio asked: you trying to bae or nah? HAHA. No. Nice Grace. I have no interest in joining the masses that post selfies with their friends/boy or girlfriend and caption them BAE. It’s cliche. @everythingcetacean asked: how old are you? Below 18 above 12 @caroline.muma asked: what’s your opinion on cat butts? Meow. @luv.the.dolphins asked: what do you want to be when you grow up? I would like to enter a profession that involves the ocean, behavioral studies and (marine) mammals.

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