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Marineland august 16, 2014: the water was disgusting in all the tanks. There was a heavy smell of chlorine in Kiska’s tank, the stadium tank and inside the aquarium. The seals all had their eyes tightly closed. Also Kiska’s tank was emanating a smell of fecal matter near the one side where the filter and vent was. The deers were heartbreaking. Apparently scraping their antlers is normal but usually done on trees. There are no trees in their area. Blood was getting every where and no one cared. Parents were letting their small children walk right through the fresh blood and touch the deer while he was scraping. It may be natural but it can’t be sanitary. Kiska has given up. You can see into her eyes. Echo the dolphin had take marks all over her. And one dolphin looked spotty. But can’t be sure. Couldn’t get close enough. No Smooshi in the show. We had Apollo instead. So many Belugas. There were 20 in one tank at Arctic Cove. The other side had mothers and babies. Plus one looked pregnant. There were about 4 babies. One looked about a week old.

22. Kiska

She is known in the media as the “World’s Loneliest Orca.” Kiska swims in total isolation in a barren fiberglass tank in Canada. Keeping a killer whale in solitary isolation is  illegal in the United States. A former Marineland trainer who worked primarily with Kiska reported to the Toronto Star that the lonely orca is suffering from medical conditions and has an untreated injury that causes her to bleed intermittently from her tail fluke.  Since Kiska has lost all her calves and closest companion, she is often seen logging listlessly at the surface of the water but continues vocalizing. On May 31, animal activists lined the road to Marineland silently protesting Kiska’s devastating living conditions. 

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(don’t worry, we’ll be back to your regularly scheduled ninja turtles programming soon)

(also sorry about the picture quality, i haven’t had a working scanner in awhile :()

Recently I’ve been reading extensively about Marineland Canada, a place I used to really enjoy visiting and whose animals are dear to my heart (Ontarians all know the “Everyone Loves Marineland” ear worm commercial!). Recently, after a lot of a research (and not being 13 any more) my stance on whale and dolphin captivity has changed significantly, where I no longer support it and don’t believe these animals, with all their self-awareness and smarts, do well there at all.

Marineland’s a prime example because Marineland, it turns out, is a literal whale death trap.

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Meet Kiska, Canada’s only captive whale!

In the picture above is Kiska, who is the only captive orca in Canada. Something sound wrong? Yes. She is only orca, therefore she is alone.Orcas are extremely social animals and family-oriented, they depend on social interaction as a way to stay healthy & happy. But Kiska is alone in her concrete tank & has been for almost 4 years.

Kiska was snatched (& snatched is an understatement) from her family in 1979 when she was just 3 years old. She was sold to Marineland Ontario, and has lived there for the past 36 years. While in captivity, Kiska had 5 calves over the years, which all died before the age of 7. Kiska had to witness all of her calves die. The causes vary, but overall it all points to improper care on Marineland’s part.

Kiska and her last companion, Ikaika, were often separated because he would harass her. In 2011, Ikaika was moved to SeaWorld in San Diego because of a custody battle concerning the improper conditions of the facility.  

Kiska now lives alone, and has for almost 4 years.She lives in the same improper conditions that Ikaika was taken from. Although Kiska is retired from performing stupid tricks everyday, she now floats lifelessly in her tank with almost no stimulation. Her blowhole has a condition named "peanut head" (x) which is most likely caused my her being underweight. Another concern is her lack of teeth (x), which is quite painful for her. It’s caused my primarily boredom and drilling. Kiska floats in the back of Friendship cove and is occasionally “let out” to a underwater viewing area for 20 minutes. 

Kiska lives a sad, lonely life. It’s a wonder she has survived for this long. I don’t want Kiska to die in this concrete fishbowl where she spent most of her life. 

Please, please, sign this petition (x) to release Kiska to a sea pen, or a more appropriate facility & dont buy a ticket.

This breaks my heart, I don’t want to see anymore cetaceans live this life. Let’s end captivity. Until all the tanks are empty.

OSPCA claims they saw "no issues" during their inspections of Marineland. Does this look like a non-issue to you?

MARINELAND’S WALRUSES:

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HEALTHY WALRUSES:

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How can you help?
Contact the OSPCA demanding Marineland be held to a higher standard. Express your concern for the wellbeing of not just these walruses, but all of the animals being held at Marineland. We can never give up; these animals are in pain and are constantly being ignored!



Talk of Kiska was all over the place here a few months ago, why has it all gone quiet when it appears her health is still an apparent concern? Sat twiddling thumbs thinking ‘well there’s not much I can do…’

Well there is!
For on, simple SHARE THIS, tumblr, twitter facebook (fins and flukes link there if people prefer to share than make there own post) Keep people aware! hell make your own posts!
2. Email/Phone/Tweet/ Fax (if you still have one)  the Ontario Ministry of Community Saftey & Correctional Services (OSPCA) 

Why should you contact OSPCA?
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act states:
Standards of care for captive wildlife
4. (1) Wildlife kept in captivity must be provided with adequate and appropriate care, facilities and services to ensure their safety and general welfare as more specifically set out in subsections (2) and (3) of this section and in sections 5 and 6.
(2) Wildlife kept in captivity must be provided with a daily routine that facilitates and stimulates natural movement and behaviour.
(3) Wildlife kept in captivity must be kept in compatible social groups to ensure the general welfare of the individual animals and of the group and to ensure that each animal in the group is not at risk of injury or undue stress from dominant animals of the same or a different species.
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Please use this link  to ask the Minister what he intends to do for Kiska and animals in similar situations as well.

Phone Numbers to use
Contact the MCS&CS: (416)-326-5000 or call Toll free: 1-866-517-0571

Fax Numbers
(416)-326-0498

Fins and Fluke sorted out an event previously with sample emails and tweets you can use if you are not so great with words.  

Sample Email

Here is the sample e-mail fins and fluke created that they say you are welcome to use to contact the Minister on their website (or use when making a phone call).

My feedback Concerns: choose “Question for the Minister” and select the same below.

Dear Minister Yasir Naqvi,

As Minister of the department responsible for overseeing the OSPCA I am deeply concerned about the well-being of Kiska, a killer whale residing at Marineland, Canada. According to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act Marineland should be providing the orca with stimulation as stated in section 4(2), “Wildlife kept in captivity must be provided with a daily routine that facilitates and stimulates natural movement and behavior”. Kiska is also living in her tank completely alone with no companion. Section 4(3) states, “Wildlife kept in captivity must be kept in compatible social groups to ensure the general welfare of the individual animals and of the group and to ensure that each animal in the group is not at risk of injury or undue stress from dominant animals of the same or a different species”. I am aware that the OSPCA continue to conduct investigations at the facility but they are not enforcing the standards of care in favor of the wellbeing of this animal. Please step in and take action and ask the OSPCA to administer the standards of care for Canada’s last captive orca, Kiska before it’s too late.

Thank you for your time,
Sincerely,

*Your name*

Sample Tweets
Tweets: 
@Yasir_Naqvi Please encourage the OSPCA to enforce their standards of care for captive #blackfish #kiska at #MarinelandCanada 

@Yasir_Naqvi #Kiska the captive Killer Whale at #MarinelandCanada has no stimulation or enrichment program. Please step in & take action!

@Yasir_Naqvi #Kiska the captive #orca floats all day at @MarinelandCan with no companion. Please enforce the standards of care urgently

Still twiddling your thumbs? I Hope Not!