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Always remebered...  -Taima by namu-the-orca Always remebered...  -Taima by namu-the-orca
Taima and her stillborn calf passed away on Sunday, 6th of June 2010

This is my tribute to this wonderful whale. It took me (too) long to post this since it's already been more than a week now. Though, I hope you can enjoy and that Taima will indeed never be forgotten...
Taima and her calf are in the foreground. In the background are, from left to right, Katina, Taima's doughter Malia, Tilikum and Trua.


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:icondroemar:
Droemar Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
Kind of what happens in captivity. They breed them entirely too early and way too much. Most of the whales lack the socialization to care for calves, since they never got the chance to watch family members raise them.
It's inherent to the idea of keeping them in tanks that the orca way of life is incompatible with captivity.
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
I am not up-to-date enough with the status of the breeding programme for captive killer whales in the US to really go in depth here. Though what I do know is that the specific complication from which Taima died had nothing to do with captivity. Placentia previa, in which the placenta blocks (part of) the uterus, is simply a complications which happens in a small percentage of births. The care Taima received and the life she led was not to blame for that. 
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:icondroemar:
Droemar Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
And all the other whales under Seaworld's care dying young or from accidents, they're in the same boat? Their care and the life they lead aren't to blame for their wildly premature deaths and aggression towards calves?
Taima herself was roughly 20; that's not even close to average lifespan. I'd say the life she led was to blame for that. She was also bred before maturity; her first calf was at 8? In the wild most have calves around 12 or 15 for their first time. If this whale died from complications of the uterus and giving birth, I'd say that her being bred before she was physically mature probably had a lot to do with her eventual death (and lousy life in the interim). Her family also died prematurely, and orcas need socialization to learn how to care for calves. The premature and unnatural deaths of her family robbed Taima of her ability to learn how to care for her calves properly, and she exhibited unnatural aggression towards her old children. It was probably a mercy that she DID die, rather than suffer through more births and have the calves suffer from unnatural maternal aggression directed at them.
Killer whales aren't like zoo animals; it's possible to put a tiger in an enclosure and have it be compatible with it's needs. But an orca's needs are not compatible with captivity. Especially not when corporate demands consider a whale dying after birthing 4 or 5 calves an even deal.
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
Hey, it wasn't my intention to start a discussion on the whole topic of cetacean or killer whale captivity with you. All I said was that the specific thing Taima died from is a rare but naturally occurring complication. Killer whales in the wild can die from it, killer whales in captivity can die from it, and neither you or I are in the position to say for certain that her calving history had anything to do with its occurrence or not. Taima had her first calf when she was nine years old, the youngest recorded wild birth is at ten years old. But unless you want to have a calm, mutually interested discussion about this I'm calling this subject closed.

Though I will say that I find it very sad you think Taima and other captive killer whales are better off dead than alive. As Kat said it: "They lived a life.  They made meaningful connections, regardless of your own personal opinion of the quality of those relationships.  Your opinion doesn't change the fact that that animal probably looked forward to spending time with a favorite trainer or keeper, or spending time with a conspecific.  They learned, they loved, they impacted other animals, trainers/keepers/vets/volunteers, and guests.  They were important to someone.  It doesn't MATTER that you think they should be "wild and free".  Fine.  Think that! That's your prerogative.  But THOSE ANIMALS' LIVES MATTER."
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:icondroemar:
Droemar Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
I agree that those orca's lives mattered. But to me, it's like saying a dog trapped in a cage in a puppy mill has the same quality of life as a cherished pet. Orcas in the wild have better quality of life. Maybe an orca looked forward to spending time with a trainer for no other reason than it was all it HAD to look forward to. Being blinkered by captivity automatically gives these animals a cut off existence, a half-life, rather like the metaphor of Plato's cave. They have no point of reference, and they definitely don't have a choice.
Whether or not it's worth these captive orcas being sacrificed so there is greater awareness for their wild brethren is a discussion I can admit I have no answer for. But I do know that orcas can be important to people without us needing to touch them or see them perform, and their lives matter whether or not they are up close to humanity to satisfy our own curious greed.
I don't agree that captivity offers anything but a pale imitation of the life these animals were meant to lead, and to try and glorify it instead of changing the system is shameful. It's like saying "Well, that dog in the puppy mill, it had relationships! They impacted others!" At what cost? These are big-brained, very socially complex animals whose livelihood is in direct opposition to the environment they're imprisoned in. And I don't see how anybody can say that it's okay, or even great, that these animals dying prematurely, losing the pulp of their teeth, having stomach problems and skin problems, attacking their own young, and exhibiting stress related behaviors nonstop are all worth it because they fulfill a human definition of satisfaction. I think that's just a way to reconcile grossly immoral human behavior with the cognitive dissonance of "But I love orcas!" I also think "It doesn't MATTER that you think they should be "wild and free" matters very much, because these animals can't free themselves.
As long as people think good feelings equal good care for these creatures, they're going to keep dying just like Taima did. Unhappy, stressed, aggressive, and trying to kill their own calves.
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ShamuMiracles59 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist
So pretty! I miss Tai so much:(
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
Ahh yeah I recently watched a video about her again as well, such a shame :( 
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ShamuMiracles59 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist
Yeah:( (Sad) 
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SeleneTheWerewolf Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Beautiful work. Iono why I haven't commented on these. I feel such emotion from your work.
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Thank you :hug:
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StellaMay2807 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Hee..Woow..WHAT? Taima passed away? And in 2010? Have I been living under a rock for the past couple of years? I didn't even know that. :( Taima was Gudrun's daughter, right? I followed Gudrun the moment she was brought into Hardewijk. I love how you drew Tilikum in the picture too, as she was his most beloved mate. Wow. Still can't believe it. :'( Well, anyway, your art is amazing! Your thoughts behind them are amazing and I'll be coming by every once in a while. :)
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Yeah, she did. It really was very sad, especially cause Kalina and Sumar also passed away that year :( She indeed was Gudrun's daughter; one of the few orcas we ever had over here in the Netherlands. Thanks for your kind words :)
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Sarunfunfeyer Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very emotional. I love the draw.
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Thank you :hug:
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FeatheredDragon Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Student General Artist
They are lovely ^^ you did a good job on them.
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Thank you :3
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Blackhorse3000 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful Picture
RIP TAIMA (l)
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Thanks :(
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SloanerTaku Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
Aw, this is stunning! So sad though - Tai was a beautiful girl! Excellent job, you're work is always amazing :)
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Thanks for the compliment, and let's hope the birth of the other orca calf will be going better...
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Aktasak Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, It's a lovley drawing, everytime I see it, I well up with tears, she was so beautiful :)
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Why do you keep posting new comments instead of simply replying to my last reply?
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:iconaktasak:
Aktasak Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know, I'm sorry :)
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Never mind ;)
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:iconaktasak:
Aktasak Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Trua is not Taima's son xD Trua is Takara's son :)
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
I that case, I simpl mized them up (probably clicked the wrong name...) I'll change it again... :XD:
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:iconaktasak:
Aktasak Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :D, could you draw something for me?
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Sure, if I can draw it, I would love to :D BTW, thanks for the watch :)
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Aktasak Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Isn't that little baby with the spots on it's chest and the spot on his chin Trua? Again it's a lovley drawing :)
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Oh yes, he is :XD; I don't know how I got to Sumar ;P Thank you!
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:iconaktasak:
Aktasak Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, thats a shame, she was an incredible orca, I cried when I heard about her :(
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
I cried too :(
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:iconaktasak:
Aktasak Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I also saw here back in 2009, she was precious to me :)
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Sadly enough, I've never seen her or anu other orca of Seaworld :( Though every orca has a special part in my heart :)
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Aktasak Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a great picture :) R.I.P Taima :(
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Thank yo ;)
She'll be missed for sure.
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QuetzalLeo Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That was this month, and I just barely found out...they will be missed. :c
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
She'll surely be missed. Their (little) moody girl.

RIP Taima
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SCHUFTHAUS Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
Very sad to hear :-( RIP Taima
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Yeah, I was first so happy for her that she was pregnant, but then this happened :(
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Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is a beautiful tribute... it is filled with emotion. The way you've drawn Taima holding her calf is so sweet, and the calf's expression is brilliant. Great work! :love:
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
Thanks once more ;) I wanted to draw her in a protecting pose, so I guess that worked out fine :) What I personally really like about this drawing is the way Taima seems to be swimming away from her tank (the blue ;P) and her friends % family...
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Naturegirl96 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
RIP Taima and her calf. I am so sorry for the rest of her family (yes, they're orcas, yes, they can still feel). This is so sad but a beautiful tribute. :(
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
I am also sure those orcas and other dolphins have feelings. Looking into the eyes of a dolphin convinces you of that in a matter of seconds.
Thank you :huggle:
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Naturegirl96 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
All I can say is rest in peace. Thank you for doing such a beautiful tribute.
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
:hug:
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AngelMC18 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its so beautiful, I liked the calf even with the umbilical
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
Thanks :hug:, I dón't know why I made the umbilical cord black... It just didn't come into my mind to make it pinkish or so...
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AngelMC18 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well in the animals the umbilical cord turn dark with the hrs, so you picked a good color. source: 3 litters of GSD (21 pups) and 4 litter of cats (11 cubs).
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
And then you dare to say you're not an expert ;P
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