Now is the time. The Government of Ontario recently announced plans to essentially end orca captivity in Ontario forever. There was no mention of what was to happen to Kiska, the last captive orca remaining in Canada.
Kiska resides at Marineland Canada, in a small, bland tank. She has suffered the loss of all 5 of her calves, as well as her tankmates, and now she lives entirely alone.
The Government must address Kiska’s social isolation, and allow her to be moved to a facility that can better care for her. If Kiska absolutely cannot be moved (due to health for example) then Marineland must provide her with a companion (a dolphin) and upgrade her environment to suit her needs, as well as develop an in-depth enrichment program.

EVERYONE NEEDS TO SIGN AND SHARE NOW. Even people who are pro-captivity. THIS is the best way to help Kiska, and you know it. Do not continue to sit by and be complicit in her suffering.

The conditions were ideal, no clouds in sight and there was a steady wind blowing. Decided to make the 100 mile drive out to this beach at 2:00 in the morning. Walking on the dark shore at night when I finally chose a spot. The Milky Way rose from below the horizon. No one else to share the spectacle with me but the rocks and the sea. Utterly beautiful and peaceful.

Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil

“Junior was a young male Icelandic orca that was captured (I believe around the same time as Keiko). But although Junior was "for sale” no buyer was found.

Orcas that fail to “adapt” to captive conditions, or otherwise find themselves “surpuls to requirements” are often kept in a back-pen until and unless a buyer can be found. Instead of rehabilitating and letting Junior go home to his family, or even putting him in a sea-pen, Junior was forced to live out the rest of his short life languishing in solitary confinement, without fresh air or daylight, forced to endure the almost constant noise of overhead fans, and in a holding tank that would make even Lolita’s look massive.

Marineland denied his very existence, although he was filmed in the warehouse on at least two occasions. 
When he died in the summer of 1994, aged 13 years old, he was reportedly lethargic and psychotic.

Juniors case makes me especially angry, they didn’t just kill that poor orca, they destroyed him, until the poor thing was virtually catatonic. " – Caroline Cogger


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Video Footage of Junior

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Junior was captured in Iceland in 1984 at age 2. Junior spent his first two years post-capture in Saedyrasafnid, Iceland. At the end of 1986, he went to Marineland of Ontario in Canada. Marineland has a nasty little secret, which is a warehouse within their park.

Junior in his tiny tank in the warehouse.

They also house sea lions and seals in their warehouse.

Another tank in the warehouse at Marineland Canada. Phil Demers on Twitter.

They used small pools inside the warehouse to store animals that aren’t suitable for display, animals that were for sale, or animals they just wanted to keep out of sight.  Some sources say Keiko was also kept inside this warehouse, as well as Kanduke (a transient bull orca that died at SeaWorld) however, they were purchased by other parks. Junior was not so “lucky” and because he was not a star performer, he stayed in the warehouse, with no sunlight, no fresh air, no activity and no killer whale companion… until he eventually died there, alone, in 1994, at the age of 10.

“They kept him for four years like that, without normal stimulation and without sunlight,” says Cara Sands, just out of film school in 1990 when she began filming Junior, which she did periodically until his death in 1994. “When I first saw him, he was a young whale, curious, spirited and following me around the pool.

“Near the end, he was lethargic, very beat up and just floating. He faced the wall away from me and didn’t move his dorsal fin. He just rolled over and opened his mouth. This whale was completely broken, his spirit was gone.”

They also kept a “retired” dolphin in the tank with him at one point, apparently (this is an opinion of other animal rights activists) he was too ugly to be used in shows. Marineland continuously denied Junior’s entire existence, and denies any mistreatment of their animals. This is blatant animal cruelty, and although this is an older story - marine parks have not changed their mindset on these animals. If I’m not mistaken, a few of the Russian orca that were captured in the last three years were kept in a hidden “warehouse” tank, and are now in a marine park with no access to sunlight, or fresh air. Junior’s story is just going to repeat itself with the continued support of cetacean captivity.



BREAKING: an organizer from Marineland Animal Defense has arrived on site at Marineland in Niagara Falls Ontario and will live in this bathtub for the next 3 days. There is no difference between his confinement to the tub and an orca in a tiny tank inside this facility.

Solidarity from Marineland Animal Defense for all animals held captive.

If you are in the area, please drop by and show some support! We hear they would really appreciate a warm drink and a few high fives. The tub will be on site and occupied for the entire closing weekend.

Yknow, I see a lot of stuff about sea world and how terrible it is, and I don’t think it’s good and all but I’ve been there and it’s nowhere NEAR as bad as our Canadian marineland! They don’t just have aquatic animals there but also deer in a terrible pen with little to no shade, the feed and water bins usually empty, the deer themselves obviously injured and no ones around to watch the visitors. Like if some kid decided he wanted to ride one or throw something at it, no one from the park would be around to stop it or even know what happened. I can’t even begin to talk about the Dolphins and belugas and such. They’ve had a lot of animal rights and law stuff happen but nothing ever really comes of it. They need to be stopped!!

Kelly Clark, curator of trainers at SeaWorld Orlando told a bold faced lie on Fox News last night, claiming that SeaWorld has not separated a young orca from its mother in over 35 years.

What about:

  • Kalina (Aged 4) taken from Katina in 1990 and moved from Florida to Ohio. 
  • Katerina (Aged 2) taken from Katina in 1991 and moved from Florida to Ohio.
  • Kayla (Aged 2) taken from Kenau in 1991 and moved from Texas to Ohio and later moved to Florida.
  • Splash (Aged 2) taken from Nootka V in 1992 and moved from Marineland Canada to SeaWorld California.
  • Keet (Aged 1) taken from Kalina in 1994 and moved from Texas to California.
  • Sumar (Less than 1 year old) taken from Taima in 1999 and moved from Florida to California.
  • Keto (Aged 3) taken from Kalina in 1999 and moved from Florida to California and later moved to Loro Parque, Spain.
  • Shouka (Aged 9) taken from Sharkan in 2002 and moved from Marineland France to Six Flags Ohio and later to SeaWorld California.
  • Unna (Aged 5) taken from Katina in 2002 and moved from Florida to Texas. 
  • Takara (Aged 12) taken from Kasatka in 2004 and moved from California to Florida and later moved to Texas.
  • Tuar (Aged 4) taken from Kalina in 2004 and moved from Florida to Texas. 
  • Tekoa (Aged 3) taken from Taima in 2004 and moved from Florida to Texas and later to Loro Parque, Spain. 
  • Ikaika (Aged 4) taken from Katina in 2006 and moved from Florida to Marineland Canada. 
  • Kohana (Aged 2) taken from Takara in 2006 and moved from Florida to Loro Parque, Spain. 
  • Skyla (Aged 2) taken from Kalina in 2006 and moved from Florida to Loro Parque, Spain. 
  • Taku (Aged 12) taken from Katina in 2006 and moved from Florida to Texas. 

I won’t ever understand how someone could go onto television and lie so freely; the most recent separations even occurred at the park where Clark works.

 (Feel free to add any more i may have missed or correct any information i might have gotten wrong)


August 11’s Moon Rise

I went to Marineland Beach in Florida which faces the East in order to watch the moon rise. The horizon itself was cloudy so the moon showed itself when it was well above the water. It was so beautiful though and the diffused light from the clouds made the light all the more warmer. I was all alone at the beach and I had the Walter Mitty Soundtrack playing while waiting and eating a sandwich I brought along. It was well worth the wait and the trip! 

Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil

NIAGARA FALLS, ONT.  - The Ontario government has banned the sale and acquisition of killer whales as part of a huge overhaul on captive marine mammal policy.

This would make Marineland’s Kiska, the only captive killer whale in Canada, the last killer whale the Niagara Falls attraction will ever own.

The changes, announced by Community Safety Minister Yasir Naqvi, are included in a 125-page report released today.

Among the new standards:

- The size of pools to house marine mammals

- Appropriate social groupings

- Regulations on bacteria content, noise and lighting

- Rules on the handling and display of marine mammals

Marineland, which had been under fire since reports accused the park of abuse and poor conditions, has yet to respond to the report.


EDIT: After checking the source the next morning, the article apparently changed. But this is still a movement we should be pushing for!

Alone with the Stars

When I was driving back from Jacksonville to Orlando, I decided to drop by Marineland Beach which was between St. Augustine and Flagler in order to take star photos. The sound of the waves crashing on the shore at night when you are all alone seemed very eerie. 

Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil


Behind the Scenes at Marineland- You may not like what you see.

There’s no excuse for animal abuse! by Alex Thomson

On Oct 7th 2012 I was proud to be a part of a group of over 800 protesters who stood together against the abuse and animal cruelty that goes on at Marineland in Niagara Falls Ontario. 
It was a peaceful demonstration with musical guests, entertainers, politicians and animal rights activist Ric O'Barry (The Cove).