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    Digital Journal Statement of Retraction – Marineland of Canada – Kiska

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    This is from an interesting press release seen on Yahoo! Finance Canada:

    Marineland is pleased to announce that the Digital Journal has today formally retracted the article it published on July 28, 2014 regarding the health and care of Kiska, Marineland’s killer whale. The complete text of the retraction appears below:

    View the press release to read all the details.

    Marineland’s killer whale is ill, animal rights group says

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    From CBC News:

    An animal rights group says the killer whale at Marineland appears to be sick, but officials insist that Kiska, a mainstay of the Niagara Falls, Ont., water park for many years, is in good health.

    Orca United recently sent CBC News photos which it says show signs of a troubling condition known as “peanut head” — an indentation near the blowhole that is a sign of severe weight loss.

    CBC News was given access to the park and Kiska. Her trainers say she has “good girth” and eats between 40 and 55 kilograms of fish a day.

    Marineland sues former trainer Christine Santos for $1.25 million for Toronto Star article

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    From the Toronto Star:

    Marineland served a $1.25 million lawsuit against former trainer Christine Santos on Thursday for telling the Star a killer whale was sporadically bleeding from its tail.

    The suit says whale’s cuts were minor and that Santos knew that.

    “Ms. Santos’ communication of the (allegations) to the Star was calculated to disparage Marineland in its business,” said the 20-page statement of claim filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in St. Catharines.

    Marineland owner John Holer trying to acquire another killer whale

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    From the Toronto Star:

    Marineland owner John Holer is trying to acquire another killer whale for his tourist park, according to the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

    Association director Bill Peters told the Star he believes Marineland had a another killer whale lined up to join lone Kiska, but it fell through.

    Now “they are following leads and looking for opportunities,” said Peters.

    Marineland threatens to sue former trainer for more than $1 million

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    From the Toronto Star:

    Marineland has threatened to sue former senior trainer Christine Santos for “well in excess of $1 million” for telling the Star its lone killer whale Kiska was bleeding sporadically from her tail.

    In a five-page letter to Santos, lawyer Andrew Burns accuses her of having made statements “in complete carelessness, reckless and/or negligent disregard for the truth” in a story published Oct. 18.

    The letter demanded a public retraction by Friday at 4:30 p.m., noting it wouldn’t satisfy any claim against her but would “mitigate against continuing damage to Marineland.”

    Marineland: Killer whale bleeding for months, trainer says

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    From the Toronto Star:

    Kiska, the killer whale, swims alone in her pool at Marineland, often followed by a trail of her own blood.

    Her tail has been bleeding off and on since July but has been getting progressively worse, according to Christine Santos, who has been one of Kiska’s primary trainers. She described the bleeding as “gushing” last week.

    Marineland lawyer Andrew Burns emailed the Star Tuesday saying allegations described by the paper were “seriously inaccurate, false, and if published are defamatory of Marineland, its veterinarians and Mr. Holer.”

    The Star also has an article about how the shutdown of the Ontario government will affect the animal rights changes that were announced. The article is called Marineland: Ontario minister pledges to continue work to beef up animal protection despite house being shut

    Kiska, Marineland’s only Orca/Killer whale, is pregnant?

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    This was brought to my attention by regular visitor and Marineland fan “D”. I was referred to a news item on the OrcaHome.de web site which claims that Kiska is pregnant, with twins! Wow, if it is true, then the employees at Marineland must be ecstatic. That might also explain why Marineland didn’t fight the court case any further.

    After July 2011, Kiska, a 35 year old female orca was separated from 9 year old male Ikaika, as he was dominant towards her. Today their reason of separation is publicly released. Kiska is pregnant with twins!
    During September 2011, Kiska had an ultrasound. It is confirmed she is pregnant by Ikaika and is 4 months in the pregnancy. This was very exciting news for the employees of MarineLand…

    Kiska will stay at MarineLand. She is due in October-December 2012, as the orca gestination period is 16-18 months. Her calves are both healthy and it’s a female and male, as said by MarineLand vets.

    Remember, this is just a rumour, and Marineland is notoriously secretive about their animals. It might not be true.

    Whale of a police escort for U.S.-bound killer whale

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    From the Toronto Star:

    Ikaika the killer whale was escorted out of the country in a procession worthy of a head of state.

    A witness said he counted at least 14 Niagara Regional Police cruisers, with lights flashing, two transport trucks and a crane slowly escorting the 9-year-old male orca from Marineland toward Hamilton airport on the QEW on Saturday evening.

    John (Ringo) Beam, manager of Rempel Maximum Ice Services in Niagara Falls, said he joked to some of the orca’s escorts that the procession from the amusement park around 9 p.m. seemed a tad excessive.

    “I said, ‘It’s a whale, not a head of state,’” Beam said Sunday. “It was overkill.”

    The departure of Ikaika, also called “Ike,” comes at the end of a nasty custody dispute between the Marineland amusement park in Niagara Falls and SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla.

    Whale at centre of custody battle returns to SeaWorld

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    From the Niagara Falls Review (includes a video):

    Ikaika is back home.

    The killer whale, the one at the heart of a custody battle between Marineland and SeaWorld, was removed from the Niagara Falls amusement park Saturday night by a fleet of transport trucks, a crane and more than a dozen Niagara Regional Police escorts cars.

    “Ikaika was moved from Marineland to SeaWorld San Diego overnight,” confirmed Fred Jacobs, a spokesman for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, located in Orlando, Fla, via email Sunday. “We typically do transports of this type at night to avoid disruptions in local traffic and in our park operations. The transport went perfectly and (Ikaika) is in the water in San Diego now, swimming with the park’s other whales.”

    NRP Staff Sgt. Pat McCauley confirmed the Niagara police were hired on special duty to assist with the transfer of the whale.

    SeaWorld takes back killer whale from Niagara Falls park

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    From The Orlando Sentinel (via Canada.com):

    A 9-year-old killer whale at the center of an international custody dispute between a Canadian marine park and industry giant SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment was transferred to SeaWorld San Diego over the weekend.

    The overnight transport took place Saturday evening, just 24 hours after a U.S. judge denied a request from Niagara Falls, Ontario-based Marineland for an injunction that would have blocked SeaWorld from taking the whale, which is named “Ikaika” but nicknamed “Ike.”

    SeaWorld had loaned Ike to Marineland about five years ago as part of a breeding exchange in which SeaWorld received four beluga whales. But Orlando-based SeaWorld informed the smaller park late last year that it intended to cancel the agreement once its initial term was up. Marineland had refused to relinquish the animal, arguing that SeaWorld did not have the authority to unilaterally cancel the agreement and that the two parties always intended Ike to remain long-term at the Canadian park.

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