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Underwater photographer Rainer Schimpf was tracking a Bryde’s whale being hunted by a pod of orcas when he noticed something unusual. A short distance from the other members of the pod was an orca with two missing fins. Due to his disability, this orca was unable to join his pod on the hunt. While we might assume that “killer whales” would abide by the survival of the fittest and leave their disabled family member to fend for himself, this pod showed that they do just the opposite — they help him survive. These are the photographs that Schimpf was able to capture of the disabled orca.

The disabled orca, seen here, is missing his dorsal fin and one pectoral fin. 

Disabled Orca Survives With the Help of His Pod

Even though his missing fins make him incapable of hunting, his pod members ensure his survival by feeding him.
Disabled Orca Survives With the Help of His Pod

Orcas are not ruthless like they’re made out to be. They have  cognitive abilities that are more advanced than humans, with a sense of self that extends to other members of the pod and a range of complex emotions. 

Disabled Orca Survives With the Help of His Pod

It’s only within the small confines of tanks where they are deprived of all their natural abilities that these beautiful creatures turn against each other and humans as well, earning them the moniker of “killer whale.” 

Disabled Orca Survives With the Help of His Pod

We will never learn about the true nature of these beautiful creatures if we continue to allow them to be kept in tanks. Disabled Orca Survives With the Help of His Pod

Only in the wild can we observe startling acts of compassion like the way this disabled orca’s pod takes care of him. 

Disabled Orca Survives With the Help of His Pod

In spite of one this orca’s disability, he lives a healthy life thanks to his strong bonds of his pods.

Disabled Orca Survives With the Help of His Pod

 

 

It’s amazing how this orca’s family is able to take care of him, even though he can neither feed himself nor swim as fast as the rest of them. There have only been a few other cases similar to this that have been observed in the wild, but it shows that they have an incredible sense of altruism that we’re still very much unaware of.  After seeing this incredible display of intelligence and compasstion, still think orcas belong in tanks?

All image source: Rainer Schimpf/Barcroft Media



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29 comments on “Orca Pod Helps Disabled Family Member – Proving These Beautiful Animals Belong in the Wild”

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SteriPEN
3 Months Ago

Altruism and compassion can be found in many species! Life is beautiful!


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Liz Carlton
3 Months Ago

One life is as important to them as one life is to us. Look for the similarities between us and say no to spieciesism


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Hannah Dawn Vigus
3 Months Ago

Imogen Maria Mathews


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Imogen Maria Mathews
07 Feb 2016

That's so amazing, and just shows what emotional creatures they are, and why they shouldn't be kept in a small tank!

Hannah Dawn Vigus
07 Feb 2016

i know its so touching!

Hannah Dawn Vigus
3 Months Ago

Imogen Maria Mathews


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Lucy Carlson
3 Months Ago

no, they don't belong in tanks for our enjoyment


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Lucy Carlson
3 Months Ago

no, they don't belong in tanks for our enjoyment


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Ashley Ann Russnak
3 Months Ago

Linda Russnak


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Tara Riggin
3 Months Ago

The link isn't working


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Ester Stomp
3 Months Ago

i didn't know they had anything to prove ;)


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Robin Dinger Cunningham
4 Months Ago

Unfortunately the human race is unable to comprehend that other species have the capability to love just as fiercely as we do. All we have to do is open our eyes and look around us and you would see how animals all love unconditionally, protect their families fiercely and have friendships and compassion for other creatures not the same as themselves. Yes, humans could learn so much.


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