Animal Rights | Spotlight on Tuar

You know what? It’s been far too long since I actually wrote a whale blog; I’m actually really disappointed in myself. This series was the initial reason I restarted my blog, and although my time has been filled with other blog related things and general life happenings, I feel llike I’ve let these beautiful creatures down.

However, I’m back on track, and although I’ve decided to scrap just posting whale blogs on Wednesdays, there will still be one whale focused on per week!

So, without further ado, let’s start the series off again with Tuar!


Tuar’s Early Life

Tuar is actually a pretty special whale. Aside from his name meaning “unique” in Inuit, his father is the infamous Tilikum and his mother is baby Shamu herself, Kalina; he was her third successful calf.

He was born way back in 1999 on June the 22nd in the Orlando park, making him currently 17 years of age.

Tuar break spinning and then dancing, followed by Unna (now sadly deceased) spitting and sliding out.

According to SeaWorld themselves, Tuar was a very quick at picking up new behaviours; both from simply observing other whales and playing around by himself.

in 2000, another male orca was born, named Tekoa. Tekoa’s mother became increasingly aggressive towards her son, and the young calf ended up being looked after by Kalina. This made Tuar and Tekoa become really close, and the two whales worked extremely well together.

Moving to Texas

In April of 2004, the decision was made to move both Tuar and his best friend Tekoa to the San Antonio park.

Once again, Tuar showing off his break spinning skills.

Tuar did not acclimatise to this new environment quickly at all in comparison to Tekoa, but he did eventually start eating the food provided to him in full within two days, and water work was resumed with him within the week of his move.

His Behaviour and Character

Tuar is quite a dominant whale, and while there has only been one incident of him mouthing a trainers leg back in 2007 (this was recorded in his file from SeaWorld), he appears to be quite relaxed around his trainers.

He has been observed rubbing his teeth on his tank, as well as peeling paint from the bottom of the pool, leading to many of his teeth being drilled due to damage.

Tuar taking off and back breaching.

Behaviour wise, he has been known to be quite an unpredictable whale when it comes to control in certain situations. His SeaWorld profile states that when there are environmental changes going on around him, he can be very hard to control and doesn’t cope well. However, once he has acclimatised to any new changes, he is said to be an incredibly reliable whale to work with.

He’s a little immature, and has been affectionately known as one of the biggest kids in the pool.

How To Identify Tuar

Tuar has a left leaning dorsal fin and can be identified by a small black freckle in his right eyepatch.

Tuar’s tiny freckle!

He also has a very unique indentation near his blowhole which he has reportedly had since birth. He is seen begging for attention in a unique way; rather than opening his mouth and following his trainers while begging for food, Tuar will wiggle his tongue from side to side to try and steal the attention.

He measures over 19 feet in length and weighs around 7,000 pounds.

It might be too late for Tuar to enjoy the natural oceanic rhythms, but you can help save the lives of other cetaceans around the world by saying “NO” to captivity; don’t buy a ticket, don’t fund their misery.

Image Copyright to  FrightEmUp.


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