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Crane being lowered into Niagara Gorge

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From WIVB channel 4 in Buffalo:

Crews in Niagara Falls are hard at work getting the Maid of the Mist ready for the winter.

The tour boat company must remove its vessels from the lower Niagara River before the water freezes over. But before that can happen, a giant crane from Germany has to be assembled and then lowered 200 feet into the gorge.

The crane will be used to hoist the boats out of the water and into the dry dock beginning in November. Once on land, maintenance crews will work on the boats through the off-season.

Crane being lowered into Niagara Gorge

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From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

Crews in Niagara Falls are hard at work getting the Maid of the Mist ready for the winter.

The tour boat company must remove its vessels from the lower Niagara River before the water freezes over. But before that can happen, a giant crane from Germany has to be assembled and then lowered 200 feet into the gorge.

Marineland’s last-ditch effort to get injunction to keep killer whale fails

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Lawyers for Marineland hoped an 11th hour temporary injunction would block the return of one of its two killer whales to SeaWorld Friday.

The injunction, however, was denied by a U.S. district court judge and that led to the dramatic transport of the 1,815-kilogram killer whale Ikaika Saturday night.

More than a dozen police cars, a crane and a number of transport trucks arrived at the Niagara Falls amusement park just after 6 p.m. Floodlights and the crane could be seen from the road as workers removed the male killer whale and lowered him into a waiting transport truck container filled with cold water. Two hours later, the convoy left for Hamilton, where the nine-year-old whale was loaded into a cargo plane outfitted with a holding tank. Ikaika was flown to California and to SeaWorld San Diego, where he was lowered back into a tank Sunday morning.

“The animal was attended to by vets and other zoological professionals throughout the process,” Fred Jacobs, a spokesman for the Orlando-based SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, wrote in an email.

Some postings on Marineland losing Ikaika

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The rest of the posts today, and a couple tomorrow will be on the news that Marineland shipped Ikaika back to SeaWorld San Diego. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. If Marineland loses all of their Killer Whales (if Kiska dies), it will be a huge loss!

Whale leaves Marineland for San Diego

From Buffalo Business First:

It took a crane and a fleet of transport trucks to do it, but Ikaika the orca whale has returned home from Marineland to San Diego.

SeaWorld San Diego had loaned Ikaika to Marineland of Niagara Falls, Ont., in 2006 in exchange for four beluga whales. But SeaWorld’s parent company launched legal action last year to secure Ikaika’s return, according to the Niagara Falls Review.

Gorge wall gets a spring tune-up

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It’s a job with a great view -as long as you are not afraid of heights.

“I find it exciting every time I go over,” said Gordon Rosa, a mason supervisor with the Niagara Parks Commission.

Each year, Rosa and his crew climb into a cage which is then lifted over the retaining wall near the brink of the falls by a large crane, and they are lowered into the gorge.

It’s all part of the annual rock scaling operation along the great gorge wall on the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls. The job lasts about a week.

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