Kiska an Isolated Killer Whale Highlights the Importance of Marineland Protest


By Kirsten Massebeau

Marineland Protest May 18, 2013 by Dylan Powell

Marineland Protest May 18, 2013 by Lauren Corman

They gathered 1000 strong at Marineland on May 18, 2013 calling out for the notorious Marine Park to be shut down. In August of 2012 The Star began a series of articles exposing the cruel and neglectful treatment of animals as ex-trainers came forward, “Marineland animals suffering, former staff says”. Dolphins with peeling skin, sea lions blinded by poor water quality, and the eventual violent death of an infant beluga whale are only the tip of a very large iceberg of animal abuse. In December of 2012 the Star released yet another article revealing a secret mass animals grave yet even that would not be enough to “shut it down”. Sadly The OSPCA investigation ended in April of 2013 allowing Marineland to continue with business as usual. In the article, “OSPCA investigation ends as Marineland Complies with orders” states that many orders were given some of which involved Kiska the isolated killer whale:

He said in March the verbal orders were to assess and clean up the water and to enrich the environment of lone killer whale Kiska.

Marineland administrator Tracy Stewart said in an email at the time “there is no such thing as a ‘verbal order’ and consequently none were issued,” therefore, there were no orders on Kiska and the water system.

Kiska lives her life isolated and alone. Opening day by Natalie Lucier

In the first paragraph of the Humane Societies academic paper “Killer Controversy why orca should not be kept in captivity” the author Naomi A. Rose, Ph.D. describes, orcas as intelligent and family-oriented. Orca pods in the wild stay together for a lifetime yet Kiska is kept in a tiny tank alone. Retired from performing she literally floats in a world poisoned by chlorine, devoid of family and friends, destined to spend her remaining years in the silence of  a cement pool. Never will she have a family or feel the rhythms of the ocean.

Origami by Val Underwood May 18, 2013

Origami by Val Underwood for protest May 18, 2013

The good news is the battle continues. Following the protest event one of the organizers Dylan Powell stated, ” I want people to understand how important these protests are at Marineland”. Each protest gains more supporters for the animals languishing at Marineland. While Kiska and the other animals continue to suffer with no end in sight the battle to save them carries on to “Shut It Down”.

Be a voice for those that cannot speak for themselves the animals! Join the campaign to end the captivity of animals at Marineland by joining the open Facebook group Marineland Animal Defense M.A.D. and follow on Twitter M.A.D. @marinelandAD.

Orcas Trapped in Ice Hoping for A Big Miracle


Ariel view of the orca trapped under ice.
Ariel view of the orca trapped under the ice at Hudson Bay, Alaska

A pod of approximately 12 killer whales continues to be trapped under the ice off Hudson Bay, Alaska. The whales were first spotted on Tuesday by a local Inukjuak resident. Inukjuak’s have appealled to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans but as of yet no icebreaker has been dispatched:

Locals in Inukjuak are reporting that the mammals are gathering around one hole in the ice in a desperate bid to get oxygen.

Mayor Peter Inukpuk is urging the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to send an icebreaker as soon as possible to make additional holes in the ice to save the animals.(source)

Killer Whales taking turns as they come up for air
Killer Whales taking turns as they come up for air

Inukjuak held a town meeting and tomorrow they will be setting up a donation link:

They will be setting up an account in the morning and Petah Inukpuk, Mayor of Inukjuak will be calling back with the information on where to donate.
They need assistance financially. This is a town of 1800 people, the trapped orcas are some 38KM from the town.
They are planning on going out tomorrow to begin chainsawing ice away and making the hole bigger. It was about 30 x 30 feet and now it is quite smaller. They feel that they need to keep the hole open until help does arrive.
So, they need gas, generators, and chainsaws…. and I am sure warmth, food and water. I will make a page tomorrow to launch a campaign. (source)

Another ray of hope for the whales was announced today. Kasco Marine Inc. the company involved in freeing the humpback whales featured in the film, “The Big Miracle” have volunteered to help the whales. They desperately need help with equipment and supplies. De-Icers and bubblers are just two of the items on their list.

Please contact Kasco Marine and find out what you can do to help the trapped orcas

Kelly Strandmark

Customer Service

kelly.sj@kascomarine.com
715-262-4488 x 100

Please keep checking Kasco’s Facebook Page and join the Twitter campaign to bring the situation to public attention, (use the hashtags #SaveQuebecWhales and #BigMiracle in your Tweets on this).