It’s happened again. At Cabrillo Marina, a California yacht club near Los Angeles, three jet skiers were seen harassing wild orcas (otherwise known as killer whales) in an attempt to get a selfie with the wild animals. The photo was shared on Facebook by Alisa Schulman-Janiger. She notes that she tried to stop the men from harassing the whales but they were relentless in their idiotic quest to get a selfie. Major facepalm!
Is it really worth harassing a harmless animal just to get some Instagram likes?! The killer whales eventually got fed up and swam off. Considering orcas can swim up to 100 miles per day, they were more than likely attempting to follow a route.
Taking selfies with animals has sadly become a bit of a trend nowadays with people treating animals like they are nothing more but mere props. Unfortunately, the popularity of taking selfies with animals has caused many to experience physical harm and stress. In one recent case, tourists found a stranded, dying dolphin and instead of helping the suffering creature, they took selfies with the dolphin instead. In another incident, a woman killed a swan after pulling the bird out of the water just for a quick snap. In Costa Rica, hundreds of tourists prevented endangered sea turtles from nesting because they were taking selfies instead.
Orcas naturally live in closely bonded matrilineal pods and stay close to their immediate family members all their lives. Not only that, They possess brains over four times larger than our human brains while MRI scans have revealed that the brain lobes that deal with the processing of complex emotions are also larger in an orca’s brain than in a human one.
With orcas notoriously kept in concrete bathtubs for human entertainment, it’s clear that we need to seriously rethink our relationship with these animals. Our insane obsession with entertainment or social media likes has completely warped our world-view. We can do our part by being more conscious of how our choices impact the world around us. Selfies are fun to take, but please leave wildlife out of the picture.
Image source: Alisa Schulman-Janiger/Facebook