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    Marineland dismisses rumours of orca’s death

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Marineland says rumours that its lone killer whale died over the weekend was part of an “orchestrated” attack by animal rights activists.

    Without naming the group or individuals that started them, Marineland says “false allegations” were posted that Kiska – the only captive orca in Canada – had died. It came after several phone calls the park received inquiring about Kiska’s condition.

    “Repeated calls were made to Marineland’s information line by a number of individuals, all of whom demanded to know whether Kiska was still alive,” said a park spokesperson in an e-mailed response to The Review. “They were all assured that Kiska is fine and healthy.

    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.

    Brief Marineland 2014 season recap

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    Occasionally I have a regular reader send me in his thoughts/observations about Marineland. Like a lot of people, he is conflicted about the park. He has great memories and see so much potential, but the current situation just doesn’t seem right.

    Here are some of his comments:

    I still check the park periodically via social media and such as I haven’t been to the park in ages… I’m hoping to go for the 2015 season!

    But here’s a recap of the 2014 season:

    • In March 2014 there was a bulldozer spotted behind Friendship Cove’s area

    • Peanut and her calf from 2013 passed away during the winter 2013-2014

    • Kelowna’s 2nd calf passed away in the winter 2013-2014

    • Kiska began play sessions with toys since May-June

    • Isis, Acadia, Aurora, Skyla, Rose and Talia were pregnant this year; all have given birth to healthy calves but Talia whom is still expecting or a stillbirth occurred (unconfirmed)

    • Belyi, the park’s first beluga passed away in August

    • Rain and Charmin are the only wild caught females who haven’t gotten pregnant yet.

    • Deadmau5 letter to the park… I personally want to take over MLC in a heartbeat but I can’t 🙁

    Note: These are just his observations and I have presented them as is. I do not know how accurate they are, and have not tried to confirm anything.

    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.

    A couple of Marineland articles

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    The Niagara Falls Review has a couple of articles about Marineland. They are both topics that I’ve posted about before, but I figured I’d include links to these ones.

    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

    Another Marineland update

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    I have a blog visitor who loves Marineland. This person sends me an update every now and then to let me know what is going on. This is the latest update:

    • Dock, Oceanna and Skyla’s calf of 2011, Scoot are confirmed deceased
    • Births: 2 boys; Frankie to Sierra, X4 to Xena,
    • Births: 2 girls; Luna to Lillooet, G4 to Gemini
    • Names: Luna- Lillooet’s calf, Frankie- Sierra’s calf, Uba- Jubilee’s calf from 2011
    • Gender confirmation: Uba is female
    • Kiska is possibly being trained for AI( see video link): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntEUq2lJOAs
    • Tofino and Charmin are replacing the dolphin ballet eventually, meaning a dolphin habitat may be in the works
    • Another Arctic Cove is speculated, along with harbor seal and sealion habitats to be in works
    • Kiska is constantly being cared for, very spoilt and her health is infact very healthy despite her losses
    • Interesting facts: Tank (Acadia’s calf of 2011) was rejected early on yet she accepted him prior to 2012 season, unlike SeaWorld’s/ Loro Parque’s Kohana and Adan
    • Uba is very independant for her age and babysits, alot like her older sister Jellybean, is the latest calf of any year (October)
    • Other: Topple Tower being shut down, Hurricane Cove renovation, Sky Hawk and Flying Dragon get stuck on occassion

    Bring Shouka and Kiska together in Canada!

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    I’ve never heard of the Orca whale Shouka, but apparently there is a bit of a movement to try to bring her to Marineland. There is a petition which states the following:

    In the United States it is illegal for an orca to be in a marinepark without a companion. Shouka, a 19-year-old female orca has been without a companion for over 6 months. Another female orca, 34-year-old Kiska is in the same situation in Ontario, Canada. Her companion was taken away from her by Sea World over a custody battle in fall 2011. Both orcas would be suitable companions for each other and putting them together would solve both their isolation problems. This petition is to get Marineland France to transfer the loan agreement for over to Marineland Canada, where Shouka will have a companion of her own kind and more room to swim than her back tanks at Six Flags. This will also give Kiska a companion. Orcas are VERY social creatures, even in captivity and hate being alone. Both these orcas can (if not already) suffer from health problems due to being isolated, such as stress, ulcers, depression and can even lead to death. There is no way for these two orcas to be released into the wild, but at least let them have each other for companionship.

    As of the time of this posting, there have been 125 people who have signed the petition.

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