Another one via @be_humane -
Recently, this video emerged of Juliet becoming stranded on a slide-out after Nord pushed her too far away from the edge. Whether he did this aggressively or playfully, Nord remains at the stage and watches Juliet struggle. Juliet's trainers offer her no help as she frantically tries to move herself off the slide-out and into the water. In the process of doing so, Juliet pulls her pectoral flipper from under her body, something that looks rather uncomfortable and may have been painful, to position herself upright. An attempt could've been made to calm Juliet. Be aware that approaching a thrashing orca would've endangered the lives of the trainers and escalated the severity of the situation - the opposite of what's hoped to be achieved.
This video is a perfect demonstration of how slide-outs and Russian transients (the population all three of Moskvarium's orcas belong to) do not mix. The enormous mass of an orca is normally supported by water. When an orca becomes beached on a hard surface, their weight is no longer supported so it starts to slowly crush their internal organs and muscles. As the video ends with Juliet still stranded, it's impossible to know how long she was out of the water for, although, it does appear that she's close to re-entry by the end.
In the wild, only one small population of Argentinian transients in Patagonia hunt sea lion pups by intentionally stranding themselves. As Moskvarium's orcas do not originate from this population, stranding themselves on slide-outs is completely unnatural for them and, as seen in the video, is inherently dangerous.
Outside of shows, Moskvarium places barriers along the length of the slide-out to prevent their orcas from stranding themselves too far out. Putting aesthetics before safety, the trainers remove these fences in time for shows - something Juliet suffered as a result of.
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