It has been ten years now that the orca Kiska has been circling around, alone, in a concrete basin. A situation that moved and revolted many animal welfare activists.
These are images that provoked a wave of emotion on social networks. Indeed, the vision of what is nicknamed “the loneliest orca in the world” going round in circles and bumping voluntarily against the walls of his aquarium has something to upset.
This Saturday, September 8, Phil Demers, a former professional water park trainer MarineLand in Canada, shared a video on Twitter where theKiska, a 44-year-old orca can be seen struggling violently in her pelvis :
This video was filmed on September 4, 2021. Anti-captivity activists entered MarineLand and watched Kiska, their last surviving orc, bang her head against the walls. Thanks for watching and sharing. This cruelty must stop.
He wrote in the caption.
Another angle. This is dangerous and self harming behaviour. Kiska is in distress. pic.twitter.com/3MSMt9T9UI
— Phil Demers (@walruswhisperer) September 8, 2021
A whole life of captivity
Born off the coast of Iceland, the cetacean spent happy days in the ocean before being captured and bought by MarineLand at the age of 3, in 1979. Only, since 2011, Kiska lives apart from her other aquarium companions. While she survived the death of her five cubs shortly after birth, the animal was isolated in a basin, in which it never ceases to express its distress.
Also according to Phil Demers, Kiska would have been heard several times calling other orcas. But his unanswered calls and this forced loneliness would have made the killer whale, which was naturally “submissive”, depressed and exacerbated its aggressiveness.
Animals in distress
On Twitter, le hashtag #FreeKiska was created to raise awareness about Kiska’s captivity.
As revealed by Canadian media Global News, the case of the marine mammal is far from isolated. Indeed, many water parks have been singled out for the conditions under which they treat their animals.
Between intensive training, insalubrity, promiscuity and mistreatment, some parks have been victims of boycott campaigns or even calls for their definitive closure, launched by activists concerned with animal welfare.
According to an employee of MarineLand, releasing Kiska offshore would be a bad idea. Because the ultra-chlorinated water in which it has been swimming for more than 40 years would be more beneficial to it than that of the ocean.
Listen to this MarineLand trainer explain how animal rights activists have forced their last surviving orca to live alone, and if she were to be relocated to a sea pen it would be an “inadequate”. Because hyper-chlorinated concrete cesspools are better than the ocean. #FreeKiska pic.twitter.com/ffLIFvmX0c
— Phil Demers (@walruswhisperer) September 7, 2021