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The Doctor wrote at 2013-08-22 04:56:47
I would also like to add that current research on captive Orcas has shown significant results that FFS is primarily caused by increased nitrogen levels in the pools that they are kept in.  This increase in nitrogen is due to the amount of urine, whale and human, excreted within the pool.  The normal life support systems that most facilities have, including SeaWorld, cannot keep up with the extraordinary amounts of urine put into the pool on a daily basis.  Captive whales have a much higher nitrogen content within the urine due to their diets.  The most common species of fish fed in aquatic facilities are mackerel, herring, smelt and capelin; all of which have high fat contents that lead to increased nitrogen levels.  This excess fat, when filtered by the kidneys, is changed into nitrogen.  The nitrogen is then converted to NO2 by interactions with the pool's ozonator which is then ingested by the whales on a daily basis.  This increase in NO2 within the blood stream causes a increase in blood pressure which causes the fin to take on the flaccid position.  A normal NO2 level within the blood would cause the fin to stay in a priapus state.


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Jonathan Wright

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I can answer questions about wild mammals and other animals, as well as extinct animals and zoos. I am not an expert about every animal species. I can look up information from books and the internet, but can't verify if all the information is true. Please don't ask questions about: 1. Pets. I am not a vet. Please contact a vet if your pet is ill. You may need to spend some money if you want your pet to live. Don't get a pet if you don't know how to look after it and if you can't provide it with the space, food and possible companions that will help it live a healthy life. Don't take animals from the wild, unless they are ill and/or injured and you can protect them until a wildlife charity can help. It is cruel to take animals from their parents, especially if the parents will look for the babies, while putting their other babies at risk. You may be breaking the law by keeping wild animals or you may need a licence to look after some species. Please check with a local wildlife group. 2. Eggs: Please don't remove eggs from nests. The mother birds provide the right temperature for the eggs and won't sit on them if the temperature is warm enough for them to develop naturally. It is illegal to remove eggs of some species and, unless you have an incubator or a broody hen, the egg may not develop. If you are allowed to touch the eggs, you can candle them to see if they are fertile. If theys aren't fertile, they won't hatch. 3. Fights: Please don't ask about fights between different animals. These questions assume that individuals of two species fight each time they meet and that one species will always be victorious over another. This is untrue. There are cases where a live mouse has been fed to a venomous snake, bitten the snake leading to the snake's demise. 4: Diseases: Please ask doctors or other medical experts about diseases that you may catch from animals. I can't advise on how to deal with viruses, bacteria etc.

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I have a zoology degree and have been interested in animals since I was two. I am a zoo volunteer at London Zoo. I have appeared on a BBC Radio Quiz, 'Wildbrain'.

Organizations
WWF. ZSL. Natural History Museum. RSPB. London Bat Group.

Publications
Newsletters of London Zoo volunteers and the London Bat Group

Education/Credentials
BSC degree in Zoology. 'A' level in Zoology. 'O' Level in Biology.

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