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Gender: Female
Pod: N/A
Place of Capture: Ingólfshöfði, Iceland
Date of Capture: October 1979
Age at Capture: Approx. 3 years
Current Location: Marineland Ontario, Canada

In October 1979, a group of 6 Orcas were captured in Iceland before being transferred to the Hafnarfjordur Aquarium. Here, they were trained, their health assessed, and then put up for sale.

A young female, later known as Kiska, was purchased by Marineland Ontario along with others. It is unclear exactly which whales she was transferred with, however, as the records from Icelandic captures were often non-existent or sources constantly conflict with one another. Though, there is photographic evidence of her at Marineland with a male named Keiko.

When Kiska arrived at the park, she met the resident whales Knootka and Kanduke; later on she met Nootka V and Kandu VII as well as a number of other whales throughout the years. Like the other Orcas, she performed in the King Waldorf Theatre for many years until the construction of Friendship Cove was finished in 1998, and she was moved there with the other adult whales.

While the whales in Friendship Cove were technically retired, they still participated in petting and splash sessions with the public, though Kiska no longer performs in these sessions.

In 1992, Kiska gave birth to her first calf, a small unnamed male. He died about 2 months later due to unknown causes, though it was rumored that Kiska drowned him due to him suffering respiratory problems.

Kiska gave birth to her second calf, another male known as Kanuck, in 1994. He appeared healthy and spent some time with his mother but was later moved to the “warehouse” - an indoor pool devoid of natural sunlight and fresh air. He was kept here for a time and reportedly died in 1998 due to traumatic shock.

In 1996, Kiska gave birth to her third calf, yet another male who was known as Nova. He was born in the King Waldorf Theatre but was soon moved, with other calves, to the warehouse due to overcrowding in the stadium. When Friendship cove was finished, he was moved there with a few others and was reunited with his family. However, Nova died in August 2001 due to Pneumonia and Starvation.

Hudson, Kiska’s fourth calf, was born in 1998 and was the first calf to be born in Friendship Cove. He made friends with his half-brother Algonquin and the two spent a lot of time together. However, when Algonquin died in 2002, Hudson became less active, and Nootka V, Algonquin’s mother, became usually aggressive towards him. Hudson died suddenly in 2004 due to Meningitis.

Finally, in 2004, Kiska gave birth to her fifth calf, her first daughter who was named Athena; all of Kiska’s calves were sired by the Icelandic male Kandu VII. Athena was close to Kiska and often copied her behaviors.

By 2006, Nootka V, Kiska, and Athena were the only Orcas at the park until SeaWorld sent one of their young whales, a male named Ikaika, to Marineland. Unfortunately, Nootka V died in 2008, followed by Athena in 2009, leaving Ikaika as Kiska’s only companion. The two were often separated, as Ikaika would harass Kiska; he was moved back to SeaWorld San Diego in 2011 after a lengthy custody battle between SeaWorld and Marineland.

While Marineland has long been criticized over the care of all of their animals, Kiska has been the main focus for many activists mainly due to her health and solitary state. In July 2014, a park guest photographed Kiska, showing her dorsal fin possibly deteriorating, as well as a large indentation directly behind her blowhole. Since 2013, there has also been ongoing concern after a video was recorded by another park guest, showing Kiska bleeding from her tail.

In January 2015, Ontario’s local government announced a proposed massive overhaul of conditions for captive marine mammals, including a ban on the acquisition and sale of Orcas. The proposed changes stem from a 125-page report from a team of scientists led by David Rosen, a marine mammal expert from the University of British Columbia. A technical advisory committee will draft new standards. If approved, these new standards could cause massive physical changes at Marineland.

Kiska, who is approximately 39 years old, has been dubbed as the “lonliest whale in the world”, as she currently lives at Marineland alone, with no other animals for companionship.

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part: chapter three

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