Here is the image I created about my experiment/ data collection.Here you can see thee thoughts of a Orca before it attacks. What I want to express is that if; during fight or flight; and you had nowhere to run too, what is the only thing left to do, in your eyes? I believe that the real only thing left to do is to just fight for your life. So I wanted to illustrate the thoughts that a captive orca could have and what would contribute to its fight or flight instincts kicking in.
Although, I will say this… I am not an artist, I believe being the terrible drawer that I am, I got my point across efficiently in this drawing. For close ups to the drawing, go to this link.
This is how much my data table has grown since the last you have probably seen it. Keep in mind that I am not finished collecting data. So far I have asked to collect data from Sea World and they turned me down. That part makes me think; Why turn me down if you have nothing to hide? If you have nothing to hide you shouldn't turn down a science experiment especially if you are getting critique from others because of how you hold the orcas in your tanks. So, although I never got to test the water, I am glad that I finally have a clear understanding of Sea World.
In the beginning my original hypothesis was that “captivated animals have such emotional duress during captivity that they somehow don’t understand their fight or flight trigger.” The problem with that is I never got to prove my hypothesis because Seaworld never sent me their water. But, I will say that I didn't let my entire experiment go to nothing just because Seaworld doesn't want the truth about their water to be exposed; I collected data from Bodega Bay and researched what kind of water orcas are supposed to be in so it gave me some outlook on their behavior and what triggers their fight or flight. I believe that my data supports my hypothesis because judging by the videos of the orcas attacking whales, I do believe that the water does make the orca feel differently both physically and mentally.
In conclusion, although, because I don't have millions of dollars and I don't have a marine biology degree (yet), I do believe that the environment and food supply triggers any animals fight or flight instincts. I have proven it with this data because of the videos I have shown and the data I have collected(check my data table for the videos). The Interdependence of Organisms relates to my topic because when animals are used to fighting for their food, but when you keep an animal in captivity without any other animal of the same or a different species, you are keeping it in an environment which is harmful to their very existence, and when you keep it in a harmful environment (as we have now learned) it triggers its fight or flight instinct.The reason I feel that Population strongly represent my topic is because animals have instincts to find food. When they realize that the only way they get food is to fight for it, they become savages. So this helps my hypothesis that food supply triggers an animal's instincts.
Here is the data I have been filling out about the different bodies of water I plan to test and have tested. Here I also have the sources that I used. Keep in mind I am not fully done with my experiment.
I have been working on my experiment for some time now and so far I have come up with a few hypotheses. So I tested the water down in Bodega bay and saw that it is possible for an orca to live down there but what i have also found is that there have been sightings of orcas. But in the sightings the orcas only went down there to hunt a whale and her calf.
I see a pattern of orca sightings not really being the same as what there are supposed to be like in a pod(based on my research). I believe that my data is very precise but I also believe that I could have done more research about orcas and how many are in a pod.
For this assignment I will be talking about the two standards that I chose and how they both tie into my entire experiment.
My first is the Interdependence of Organisms. This basically means that any organism depends on any living thing and also depend on their environment to stay healthy for them. Sometimes organisms are extremely dependent on other organisms so much that in order to live they need that living thing. Other organisms just consume similar food with another organism which would cause them to fight over the food. I believe that this relates to my topic because animals are used to fighting for their food, but when you keep an animal in captivity without any other animal of the same or a different species, you are keeping it in an environment which is harmful to their very existence.
My second standard is Population size. This is really just about how when they population grows, the resources have to grow too or introduce new predators otherwise the population dies without equal amounts of food for all of the animals. The reason I feel that this strongly represent my blog is because animals have instincts to find food. When they realize that the only way they get food is to fight for it, they become savages.
In my first blog on this topic I talked about how all animals have a fight or flight trigger and how I'm going to research the difference between the fight or flight trigger in Captive vs feral animals. The reason why I feel like researching this is because I feel like marine animals in marine world or six flags or any other amusement parks are being treated poorly. I've also noticed how marine animals are becoming far more aggressive with their zoo keepers and themselves. I wanted to to do an experiment to find out if certain environments affect a marine animal in its habitat.
So first off, both me and my partner agreed that we don't want to be testing on animals because we believe that that's bad for the fishes and we truly believe that what we are researching is not meant for a fish to be in the environment and we don't want the fish to die. So what I am thinking is; how can I show that an animals environment is not suitable for it to live comfortably without hurting an animal? So this is how i am going to do my experiment; I am going to get sand and water from different bodies of water to see first off what type of habitat is a fish living in right now? Then I am going to test the water that the animals are in at marine world to see exactly how safe it is for the animals natural health. I am doing research on how they live but I am also researching what type of water they are made to live in.
After I have collected my data I am going to post it all on my blog as my final project to project it for the world to see and especially the companies that use sea animals in this way.
My topic for my research project is captive v.s feral ocean creatures. I know that captive animals and feral animals both have a fight or flight trigger. So I'm researching how their fight or flight triggers are different and similar. My hypothesis is that captivated animals have such emotional duress during captivity that they somehow don’t understand their fight or flight trigger. I believe that this topic is important because there are so many captivated animals not living in the circumstances that they were meant to be living in. I want this blog to reach all of the zoo keepers at marine world and other captivating amusement parks. I want them to understand that animals are not under humans. Humans do not control all animals. We are not the highest in control of species, we aren't even close. So for us to treat a beautiful animal like we are is not only absurd but wrong on a scientific level.