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Kiska, Canada’s final captive orca, lifeless at 47

The killer whale named Kiska at Canada’s Marineland theme park, the nation’s final captive orca who swam alone in her tank for greater than a decade, has died.

Brent Ross, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Solicitor General in Ontario that oversees animal welfare within the province, stated Monday that the theme park in Niagara Falls, Ontario, knowledgeable the province of the demise final week.

Kiska was believed to be 47 years previous and had lived at Marineland since being captured in Icelandic waters in 1979. She was captured alongside Keiko, who grew to become well-known within the film “Free Willy,” and the pair lived collectively for a number of years at Marineland within the Eighties. Keiko was bought to an aquarium in Mexico in 1985 and finally ended up at SeaWorld within the U.S.


Kiska appeared in reveals at Marineland for years however had not carried out for greater than a decade. She spent that point in a big pool on the park’s Friendship Cove separated from a pod of belugas.

SeaWorld additionally has stopped its theatrical reveals with orcas and ended its breeding program in 2017, that means that its present orcas would be the model’s final technology in captivity.

The Marineland park advised the Niagara Falls Review newspaper that the killer whale’s well being declined not too long ago “regardless of intensive interventions” by theme park staff and a global crew of veterinarians.

Kiska, the last captive orca whale in Canada, died last week at Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario. She was believed to be about 47.

Kiska, the final captive orca whale in Canada, died final week at Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario. She was believed to be about 47. (Tara Walton/The Canadian Press through AP)

Professionals employed by Marineland have performed a necropsy on Friday within the presence of province officers, Ross stated.

Marineland’s proprietor, Marie Holer, declined to remark.

In 2021, the province discovered that there have been issues with the theme park’s water system and ordered repairs for swimming pools that home belugas, dolphins, walruses, sea lions and Kiska, courtroom paperwork present. Marineland initially appealed the order, denying the findings, however later dropped the attraction.


The province has inspected the theme park 160 instances since January 2020, however has declined to launch findings of the inspections.

Christine Santos, who skilled Kiska for 12 years till Marineland fired her in 2012, stated she was in shock about information of the demise.

“But on the similar time I’m simply actually relieved she’s not alone anymore,” Santos stated.

Kiska was calm and simple to work with but in addition generally mischievous. She generally tricked new trainers into giving “her extra fish and extra rubs,” Santos stated.

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