Kiska, final captive orca in Canada, has died at Marineland Lalrp



TORONTO — The killer whale named Kiska at Canada’s Marineland theme park, the nation’s final captive orca who swam alone in her tank for greater than a decade, has died.

Brent Ross, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Solicitor Normal in Ontario that oversees animal welfare within the province, mentioned Monday that the theme park in Niagara Falls, Ontario, knowledgeable the province of the loss of life final week.

Kiska was believed to be 47 years outdated and had lived at Marineland since being captured in Icelandic waters in 1979. She was captured alongside Keiko, who turned well-known within the film “Free Willy,” and the pair lived collectively for a number of years at Marineland within the Eighties. Keiko was bought to an aquarium in Mexico in 1985 and finally ended up at SeaWorld within the U.S.

Kiska appeared in reveals at Marineland for years however had not carried out for greater than a decade. She spent that point in a big pool on the park’s Friendship Cove separated from a pod of belugas.

SeaWorld additionally has stopped its theatrical reveals with orcas and ended its breeding program in 2017, that means that its present orcas would be the model’s final era in captivity.

The Marineland park instructed the Niagara Falls Evaluation newspaper that the killer whale’s well being declined just lately “regardless of intensive interventions” by theme park staff and a world group of veterinarians.

Professionals employed by Marineland have carried out a necropsy on Friday within the presence of province officers, Ross mentioned.

Marineland’s proprietor, Marie Holer, declined to remark.

In 2021, the province discovered that there have been issues with the theme park’s water system and ordered repairs for swimming pools that home belugas, dolphins, walruses, sea lions and Kiska, court docket paperwork present. Marineland initially appealed the order, denying the findings, however later dropped the enchantment.

The province has inspected the theme park 160 occasions since January 2020, however has declined to launch findings of the inspections.

Christine Santos, who educated Kiska for 12 years till Marineland fired her in 2012, mentioned she was in shock about information of the loss of life.

“However on the similar time I’m simply actually relieved she’s not alone anymore,” Santos mentioned.

Kiska was calm and simple to work with but in addition typically mischievous. She typically tricked new trainers into giving “her extra fish and extra rubs,” Santos mentioned.