A marine mammal trainer with an unhealthy obsession with cheese takes you into the realm of her mind and experiences with sea mammals, random autobiographical nonsense, and poor attempts at wisdom.
If you can easily cover it up, go for it. Some places don’t care about tattoos, but many do. At the early stage of the game, it’s unwise to limit which facilities you’re applying for because casting your net wide gives you a much better chance at landing a job.
I obviously love ink, and think it’s ridiculous that there are even rules in a place telling people to cover up, but they are there and we can’t change it overnight. So I’d either wait to get inked until you land a job or just make sure you can cover it up easily for an interview and also when employed.
Take a sick day if you’re sick. Call your boss and tell them you what’s going on and go from there.
Why does anyone lash out? I don’t think it’s possible for me to answer an anonymous message via tumblr to discuss all the possibilities of why an animal as an individual makes the decisions they do, much less comment on an entire species. It’s not simple. I also have never worked with killer whales, the specific killer whales you seemingly imply, nor have I worked at any of those facilities or worked with any of those trainers. So I can’t possibly comment on why those things have happened.
I haven’t personally experienced those types of situations except with one wild dolphin in a rehabilitation center. Wild dolphins in my area (notorious for people trying to interact with them/feed them) attack swimmers every spring and summer. Is that because they are overall unhappy? Or that they are irritated in the moment? Or do they get a kick out of watching the swimmers’ reactions when they get rammed in the ribs? All three of those questions are just some likely examples of reasons why that stuff might happen with the wild bottlenose dolphins in my area. But I could never get inside of their heads and know the real reasons why, nor would I be ignorant enough to assume that what motivates one animal to do something is the same exact thing that motivates another.
You first have to rule out possible medical reasons why the animal isn’t interested in coming over to station. That could mean they aren’t feeling well, or it could mean they’re in breeding mode or are pregnant. For example, male sea lions will go up to a month in the wild without eating while they’re in rut, so in human care they’re going to experience the same thing. Sometimes, the animal just isn’t hungry. That can have a lot to do with weather conditions (including water and air temperature).
If there’s a dolphin who won’t station because she just gave birth and is focused on rearing her calf, we basically throw as many fish as they can eat in their direction so as to not change their swim trajectory. Some bottlenose dolphins will eat up to 50 pounds of fish a day in this manner.
And I guess that’s the most extreme thing we’d do in a situation where an animal is so over us that they won’t come over to station and it has nothing to do with biological/medical reasons. We’d just toss fish to them to see if they’ll eat. I’ve personally never seen that with any animals other than ones in rehab. Usually the animals will come over to us for a session, but if they don’t want to eat they’ll just refuse the food or they’ll swim away the moment we try to feed them, and then they’ll come back a few seconds later.