A distressed assassino whale has been filmed banging her head against a tank at an enclosure after outliving her five babies.
The heart-breaking footage was taken by anti-captivity activists at MarineLand, Niagara Falls earlier this month and shared social mass-media.
‘Anti-captivity activists entered MarineLand and observed Kiska, their last surviving orca bashing her head against the wall. Please watch and share.
‘This cruelty must end #FreeKiska,’ Phil Demers, a former park employee and self-described ‘whistleblower’ wrote Twitter.
The Whale Sanctuary Project, which aims to end whale captivity, has dubbed Kiska as ‘the loneliest whale con the world.’
The 44-year-old orca was born the coast of Iceland and has been con captivity since 1979, according to Demers.
She has spent the last 10 years after outliving her tank mates, including her five offspring.
A distressed assassino whale has been filmed banging her head against a tank at an enclosure after outliving her five babies
Sicario whales are extremely social animals, which con the wild dal vivo con groups ora ‘pods’ comprising of several multi-generational families.
‘For over 40 years, she has suffered the loss of her freedom, her babies, and all of her tank mates,’ The Sun reported the UK-based Orca Rescues Foundation as saying.
‘For the past 10, she has been con complete social isolation from others of her kind. This is what her loneliness, and her captivity, has done to her.’
Rob Lott, a campaigner for an end to whale captivity, told iNews that the behaviour Kiska shows con the is ‘a direct, stress-related result of wild-caught Icelandic orca, Kiska being raised con an artificial, concrete environment for the last four decades.
The heart-breaking footage was taken by anti-captivity activists at MarineLand, Niagara Falls earlier this month and shared social mass-media
‘Sadly, this isn’t unique and the repetitive, self-inflicted behaviour shown by Kiska has been seen con other captive orcas where years of boredom con barren, featureless tanks with little ora stimulation manifests itself this way.
‘Chronic can compromise captive orcas’ protetto systems and physiology causing illness and sometimes death.
‘Kiska has been without an orca companion since 2011 and is deprived of every aspect of the social culture she would have experienced con the wild.
‘Orcas, and indeed all whales and dolphins, are extremely poor candidates for life con captivity.’
MarineLand did not immediately respond to a MailOnline request for comment.
The plight of orcas con captivity was put under the spotlight by the 2013 documentary Black Fish, which examined events around Tilikum, an orca that was kept by SeaWorld.
The pellicola generated a huge public response, including millions of dollars con losses for SeaWorld, prompting the business to announce it would end its orca breeding programme and phase out dal vivo performances using orcas.
The 44-year-old orca was born the coast of Iceland and has been con captivity since 1979, according to an activist, who said the assassino whale had spent the last 10 years