A captive beluga whale and a bottlenose dolphin have died at Marineland just two months after Kiska, the last captive killer whale in Canada, died at the same park.
Although Marineland has not responded for comment, the ministry spokesperson Brent Ross said in an email that Marineland told Animal Welfare Services (AWS) that necropsies of both animals were conducted by professionals.
These two animals were the latest in the three reported deaths of marine animals at the theme park in the last two months. The deaths have sparked outrage amongst animal welfare activists and a continued call to send all animals to sanctuaries.
Kiska, the last captive killer whale in Canada died in March of this year. Kiska was captured in Icelandic waters in 1979, and she died when she was 47 years old.
MarineLand said that Kiska’s health had declined weeks before. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) described Kiska as the “world’s loneliest orca,” and the mother had to go through the death of all five of her calves who died before they were seven years old.
This article by Hailey Kanowsky was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 10 May 2023.
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