A distressed Baleen whale caged in a Canadian water park was recently photographed viciously slamming her head into the side of an aquarium after losing 5 of her babies.
This has once again brought up the conversations surrounding aquariums and the care of sea life across the world. Should aquariums exist or do they just destroy and distress the animals they have captured?
Dubbed "the most lonely whale in the world" by the Baleen Whale Sanctuary project…
@Lassiter_Black We’re trying. https://t.co/oXWjEt0lib— Phil Demers (@Phil Demers)1631121205.0
The whale, named Kiska was seen repeatedly hitting her head on the side of her aquarium in Marineland, Niagara Falls in a tragic thirty-second clip that's now gone viral.
Kiska the whale has been on her own in the tank since 2011 after outliving other whales, including her own 5 babies.
Footage of the tragic orca was captured by anti-captivity activist and whistleblower Phil Demers, who used to work at the park in Ontario.
The footage was shared by Demars, saying, "this video was shot on September 4, 2021, An un-captured activist enters Marineland and the last surviving orca hits his head against a wall. Observed. See and share. This cruelty is a must-see. End. #FreeKiska."
Demers continued to post a second video showing a closer image of a forty-four-year-old orca slamming into a walled closure and stirring up the water.
This video was taken on Sept 4th, 2021. Anti-captivity activists entered MarineLand and observed Kiska, their last… https://t.co/ZwstFWLSh7— Phil Demers (@Phil Demers)1631124477.0
A fellow activist commented: "This is a dangerous and self-harming act. Kiska is suffering."
According to Demers, Kiska was born off the coast of Iceland and had been in captivity since 1979 as per The Sun. The Orca Rescues Foundation said: "For over forty years, she has suffered the loss of her freedom, her babies, and all of her tank mates."
According to National Geographic, "in the wild, orcas live in tight-knit family groups that share a sophisticated, unique culture that is passed down through generations, research has shown."
"Orcas are highly intelligent, social mammals that have long been a part of marine park entertainment, performing shows for audiences. However, it's become increasingly clear that orcas do not thrive in captivity."
"They have evolved to swim up to 40 miles a day, foraging for food and exercising. They dive 100 to 500 feet, several times a day, every day. Whether they're born in the wild or in captivity, all orcas born have the same innate drive to swim far and dive deep. Artificial enclosures in captivity cannon offer that kind of range to orcas, contributing to boredom and stress."
Rob Lot, a captive activist in the baleen and dolphin reserve, said the behavior was "a direct stress-related result of wild-captured Icelandic orca, and Kiska has been man-made concrete for the past forty years. It was bred in the environment."
MarineLand tried to break me. Instead, they turned me into their worst nightmare. The end is near. #FreeKiska… https://t.co/gKTdCevpx4— Phil Demers (@Phil Demers)1630847333.0
"Chronic stress can impair the immune system and physiology of captive orca, causing illness and sometimes death.
"Since 2011, Kiska has been deprived of all aspects of the socio-cultural experience it would have experienced in the wild without a fellow orca."
Free Kiska now!