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    Marineland in June 2011

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    (as you can tell, I’m trying to get caught up on some posting before the busy summer season)

    For several years we had Marineland passes each year. Then we went a couple of years without passes. Last year we got them again, and went half a dozen times. If you’ve been to Marineland any time in the last 5-10 years, not much has changed. They have added a couple of smaller rides, but nothing major. So if you like it, it’s still great. If you are hoping for more, then you still have to wait. We go for the nice scenery, and the kids like the rides. If you are local and can go a few times, then the $35 or so price is well worth it.

    I always take my trusty camera along. As always you can see some of the thumbnails below, and you can visit the Marineland in June 2011 gallery to see the rest of the thumbnails and the larger images.

    I also took an HD video of some Beluga whales being fed. You can view it on YouTube or below:

    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.

    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.

    Marineland – Orca/Killer Whales and Topple Tower

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    A couple of unrelated thoughts from Marineland

    I’ve been to Marineland a few times this year, and we’ve spent a lot of time at Friendship Cove where the Orca whales are kept. We watched the splash show a couple of weeks ago, and the last time we were there we went to the underwater viewing area.

    Seeing the crowd watch the splash show reminded me of how important the killer whales are to Marineland. The people loved it. Kids were enthralled; parents were smiling with their kids, and people were getting really wet. If Marineland ends up losing Ikaika, Kiska dies, and they are left with no killer whales, I think it would really hurt their business.

    When we were in the underwater viewing area, Ikaika was alone in the tank and spent a lot of time in front of the glass. It made for some nice pictures.

    If you follow any of the comments on my YouTube videos, you know that one of the most popular videos is one of Topple Tower. So far it has almost 200,000 views! Recently someone left a comment as follows:

    update: this ride will never operate again in niagara falls, RIP, structural CRACK
    tsiemens 1 week ago

    Well, I find it hard to believe that they won’t get it fixed. However, the sign at Marineland also doesn’t tell you the whole story. Temporarily means 3 months and counting…

    Killer Whales: Tanks and Tensions

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    This isn’t really Niagara Falls related, but it does involve Killer/Orca Whales, which of course ties into Marineland.

    It seems that Marineland has stayed under the radar this year when it comes to their whales. I haven’t heard of many (if any) protests. I thought there might be more coverage after the tragedy at SeaWorld when the trainer died, but there wasn’t much.

    Last month, the NPR show called On Point (out of WBUR Boston) had a show called Killer Whales: Tanks and Tensions:

    …reporter Tim Zimmerman with Outside magazine has gone deep on the story of how killer whales are captured and kept — how these magnificent animals suffer for our delight.

    And he tells the story of Tilikum in particular, who had been there for death twice before.

    The show never once mentions Marineland in Niagara Falls, but it was interesting to hear of the history of this whale, and how SeaWorld deals with them. I went ahead and read the Outside magazine article as well, but id didn’t mention Marineland either. However, while listening to the podcast, and reading the article, I couldn’t help but think about Marineland.

    On a related note, there was an old site that I had linked to a while ago that had a listing of all of the whales still alive in captivity. That site is no longer functioning, but I did find another site that lists them.

    Trainers safe from killer whales at Marineland

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The death of a SeaWorld trainer who was attacked by a killer whale Wednesday has little chance of happening at Marineland in Niagara Falls, a company spokeswoman said.

    That’s because Marineland stopped performances with trainers and whales 12 years ago with the opening of its viewing facility Friendship Cove.

    “We don’t do routines with the killer whales any more like we used to,” said Marineland’s marketing office manager Ann Marie Rondinelli Thursday.

    “The killer whales do splash and jump sessions there, but (trainers) don’t go in the water with them during those splash and jump sessions.”

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