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Nearly 1,000 SeaWorld employees have been laid off since the release of “Blackfish.” If the company had laid off the orcas instead, its business wouldn’t be sinking.
In toothed whales, connective tissue exists in the melon as a head buckle. This is filled with air sacs and fat that aid in buoyancy and biosonar . The sperm whale has a particularly pronounced melon; this is called the spermaceti organ and contains the eponymous spermaceti , hence the name "sperm whale". Even the long tusk of the narwhal is a vice-formed tooth. In many toothed whales, the depression in their skull is due to the formation of a large melon and multiple, asymmetric air bags.
One place where you can ride elephants in Thailand in an ethical environment is Baan Chang Elephant Park a relatively new elephant camp north of Chiang Mai.
As to whether his close relationship with the AHA creates a conflict of interest, he says, “I can understand how that would raise an eyebrow. But it’s almost like when a coach has a son on the team and that coach is more difficult on that son than other people.”
A horse named Glass was fatally impaled on a Hallmark Channel movie monitored by the American Humane Association. Negligence may have been a factor yet no probe was launched. At the time, network CEO Bill Abbott sat on the AHA’s advisory board. He says, “We don’t think an outside investigation would have revealed anything differently.”