From Media Entertainment Arts WorldWide:
A bill to ban whale and dolphin captivity in Canada is finally set to become law after a sinuous process that took over three years to reach a conclusion.
The House of Commons passed Bill S-203 on Monday morning. The legislation will help outlaw captive breeding and the import or export of whales, their embryos, or sperm, Canadian paper National Post reports…
As of now, only two facilities in Canada keep whales captive. These include the Vancouver Aquarium and Marineland, a theme park in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
So I posted back in January about a rumour I’d read that Kiska, Marineland’s remaining Orca whale, was pregnant. I hadn’t read the rumour anywhere else, but it was an exciting thought that there could be some baby Orcas on the way.
Well, I have an update. It has as much authority as the last one (as in not a lot). However I have a friend who knows a guy who used to be a trainer at Marineland and who still knows people at Marineland. I have been told that Kiska is NOT pregnant. Ike and Kiska never even got to a point where there is even that possibility. Ike was agressive because he was agressive. I was also told that it is virtually unheard of that an Orca would have twins.
So, there you have it. The original source is sketchy, my other source is a friend of a friend, so I don’t know how reliable either of them are. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
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.