As a calf Ishtar was stranded for five hours on the reef in low tide - although her pod never left her, they were unable to help her back into deeper water themselves. Luckily, park rangers were close by and they kept Ishtar wet until she could be re-floated.
Ishtar’s experience, however, has not held her back and she is now one of the most experienced ‘stranding hunter’ - often she will intentionally beach herself in order to catch seal pups not only for her self, but also for her calves Pao and Shekei.
Two Dolphins by Nana Takanawa
Eagle Ray by Sally Turner
Pacific Harbor Seals | Phoca vitulina
"Pacific harbor seals spend about half their time on land and half in water. They can dive to 1,500 feet (457 m) for up to 40 minutes, although their average dive lasts three to seven minutes and is typically shallow, and they sometimes sleep in the water. They are opportunistic feeders, eating sole, flounder, sculpin, hake, cod, herring, octopus, and squid." -
(Photo by Jeff Parry Photography)
Takara was born on July 9th, 1991 in SeaWorld San Diego’s show pool.
Beethoven sparking in the sunlight, showing off his lovely flexible vertebrae as he turns to look at some excited kids nearby at the Ocean’s Ballroom Window.