There is NOTHING wrong with rake marks. These fish eating orcas have some pretty bad “injuries!!” I thought wild orca pods got along well and dandy? Guess the anti-caps are wrong! .. Again!
It seems almost every week there is a new photo or video being added to the countless images already in existence of captive orcas beating up on each other or appearing covered in rakes and scars.
Many pro captivity activists will claim that this raking takes place just as much in wild orcas as it does in captive orcas.
How do you back up this claim? By posting a single vague photo of what appears to be a black mass with a gray mark on it. This photo in no way proves that wild orcas rake each other in excess as do captive orcas. In fact, there is no way to even prove that the gray mark pictured was a result of raking.
Judging by what we know scientifically regarding wild orca pod structure vs. captive orca pod structure, it makes sense that we would see more rake marks in captive orcas. After all, wild orcas are born into complex, well organized social structures that are hundreds or even thousands of years old. There is no need to rake each other as dominance is already established. (That’s not to say that wild orcas do not rake, but that it is rare and unecessary.) Captive orcas must create these complex social structures from scratch, as members come and go. It only makes sense that we would see excessive raking in captivity. And what do you know! WE DO!
The visual evidence we have of raking behaviors between wild and captive orcas, in both photos and videos, backs up this position. This is why we do not see wild whales that are covered in scars like Tekoa or Ike. So you see, my position makes logical sense and is backed by copious amounts of visual evidence.
Do you really think you can topple this with your one, very unclear photograph?
I would just like to add that in the wild these whales have room to “escape” if they do get raked or bullied or in a disagreement with another whale. Yes, they are complex, social animals and are bound to get into disputes. In the wild they have the unlimited space to remove themselves from those situations. There is no way they can get away in captivity.