Feeding the White Whale

Feeding the White Whale

Have you ever seen how a white whale is fed? You have a chance to see this right now.

Feeding the White Whale

Going to the ice hole in the morning.

Feeding the White Whale

This is Petrovich – the white whale which is going to be fed.

Feeding the White Whale

Each dolphin has its own character. Out of a hundred of caught dolphins 1 or 2 cannot survive in captivity and refuse any food brought to them. If they are not set free they die soon because of stress.

Feeding the White Whale

Some white whales are trained and prepared for shows in dolphinariums. Petrovich is a bit old for that, it is already 20 (they live for about 30 years), but it is very friendly anyway.

Feeding the White Whale

Despite the fact they have no natural enemies (maybe only a polar bear could compare somehow with its strength, but they would never meet in reality), dolphins are quite watchful and it takes them long to learn an object before they contact it. By the way, they have no biting reflex, so when it seems to you a dolphin is about to bite your hand, it can only slightly squeeze it with its jaws.

Feeding the White Whale

Petrovich shows off the water and produces a jet of steam, of course, it’s minus 25C outside!

Feeding the White Whale

Feeding the White Whale

What a good boy!

Feeding the White Whale

To prevent the white whale from becoming fully domesticated as far as feeding is concerned, twice a week it has days of hunger without food. Besides they don’t always feed it from hands but throw fish into the water and let the white whale catch it.

Feeding the White Whale

One moment and the fish is caught!

Feeding the White Whale

Feeding the White Whale

One more interesting fact about dolphins: if they have an injury they can use their muscles to pinch the damaged vessels. Blood does not clot in water so they can stop bleeding themselves.

Feeding the White Whale

They give the white whale not fresh but frozen fish with added vitamins prescribed by a vet.

Feeding the White Whale

Feeding the White Whale

Feeding the White Whale

Feeding the White Whale

Feeding the White Whale

Is it smiling?

Feeding the White Whale

Feeding the White Whale

Feeding the White Whale

Feeding the White Whale

Feeding the White Whale

Feeding the White Whale

Feeding the White Whale

Who doesn’t like a gentle touch?

Feeding the White Whale

Feeding the White Whale

Feeding the White Whale

Brain of dolphins never fully sleeps, right and left hemispheres rest each in its turn, the one that doesn’t sleep controls breathing.

Feeding the White Whale

Each several minutes a dolphin needs to rise to the surface for breathing some air.

Feeding the White Whale

If it needs to dive deep it can “turn off” some of his inner organs (digestive system, for example) from oxygen supply and, thus, be able to stay in the water for a longer period of time.

Feeding the White Whale

Petrovich will soon be sent to a dolphinarium but it won’t participate in shows. However it will be able to communicate with adults and children there.

 

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