Marineland is set to open a multimillion-dollar, two-acre, Arctic-themed splash pad.
Polar Splash, which cost approximately $6 million to build and is located across from Friendship Cove, features 10 kid-friendly water slides along with 150 themed sprayers and jets designed to look like realistic dolphins, sea lions, belugas, walruses and polar bears.
It allows visitors to play in an “immersive environment” filled with icebergs and a grotto, said Marineland officials.
Facing 11 counts of animal cruelty from the OSPCA (Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), Marineland is touting the results of a recent inspection by its own Animal Care Committee. Read More…
The co-founder of Marineland Animal Defense says demonstrations will continue, but they will be obeying new restrictions laid out by the court last week.
Justice Richard Lococo imposed three several restrictions last Friday morning at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in the case of Dylan Powell against Marineland Canada. The interim injunction provides a number of restrictions against protesters, including trespassing on Marineland property, the use of megaphones, usage of words such as “abuse”, “torture”, “criminal”, “animal abuse” and “arrest John Holer”, and more.
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.
(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: