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This short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus), named Ava, came to find her home at SeaWorld after being rescued from a mass stranding of pilot whales in Florida in 2012 when she was roughly 6 months old. Due to her very young age at the time of the rescue, government experts did not believe she would survive if returned to the wild, and they therefore asked SeaWorld to give her a home. Ava is now estimated to be roughly 4 years old and weighs 1,200 lbs.

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This short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus), named Ava, came to find her home at SeaWorld after being rescued from a mass stranding of pilot whales in Florida in 2012 when she was roughly 6 months old. Due to her very young age at the time of the rescue, government experts did not believe she would survive if returned to the wild, and they therefore asked SeaWorld to give her a home. Ava is now estimated to be roughly 4 years old and weighs 1,200 lbs.

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A killer whale also called an orca whale, Orcinus orca, named Kayla at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL.
Kayla is 27 years old, weighs 5,600 pounds and is 19 feet long.

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A whale skeleton on Fernandina Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Gulls feed on the remains of a bowhead whale caught and butchered by Alaska Natives on the North Slope.

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A polar bear, fresh from feeding on the remains of a bowhead whale caught and butchered by Alaska natives on the North Slope.

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In this winter nursery for gray whales (Eschrichtius glaucus), one of the cetaceans swims close to two whale-watching boats, seeking contact with now-friendly humans. Restored to healthy populations, California grays were recently taken off the endangered list. Atlantic grays, however, were long ago hunted into extinction .

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A humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) on the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Two humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) on the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula.

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A polar bear feeds on the jaws of a bowhead whale harvested by natives along the coast of ANWR.

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A polar bear feeds on the jaws of a bowhead whale harvested by natives along the coast of ANWR.

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Gulls feed on a bowhead whale harvested by natives along the coast of ANWR.

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Gulls feed on a bowhead whale harvested by natives along the coast of ANWR.

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A dead bowhead whale lies on the beach in Kaktovik. The village is allowed by law to take three whales each fall for the meat and baleen. First the whale is washed with a front-end loader, then butchering begins.

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Whale parts, the remains of a successful hunt, lay around the native village of Kaktovik on Alaska’s North Slope.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened polar bear feeds on the remains of a bowhead whale harvested by natives along the coast of ANWR.

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A polar bear feeds on the jaws of a bowhead whale harvested by natives along the coast of ANWR.

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A grizzly bear feeds on a whale carcass on the shores of Katmai National Park, Alaska.

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