Canada: The distress of Kiska, the orca captive for ten years in a concrete basin

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.

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.

Kiska and her little Hudson
Kiska and her baby Hudson @ Getty Images

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.

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