A distressed killer whale was caught on camera banging its head against a tank in an enclosure after surviving its five babies.
The heartbreaking footage was taken by anti-captivity activists at MarineLand, Niagara Falls earlier this month and shared on social media.
“Anti-captivity activists entered MarineLand and observed Kiska, their last surviving orca, banging his head against the wall. Thanks for watching and sharing.
“This cruelty must end #FreeKiska,” wrote on Twitter Phil Demers, a former park worker and self-proclaimed “whistleblower”.
The Whale Sanctuary Project, which aims to end whale captivity, has dubbed Kiska “the loneliest whale in the world.”
The 44-year-old killer whale was born off the coast of Iceland and has been in captivity since 1979, according to Demers.
She has spent the last 10 years alone after outliving her fellow ferry mates, including her five descendants.
A distressed killer whale was caught on camera banging its head against a tank in a pen after surviving its five babies
Killer whales are extremely social animals that, in the wild, live in groups or “groups” made up of several multigenerational families.
“For over 40 years, she suffered the loss of her freedom, her babies and all of her chariot mates,” said The Sun, according to the UK-based Orca Rescues Foundation.
“Over the past 10 years, she has been completely socially isolated from others of her kind. This is what his loneliness and captivity did to him.
Rob Lott, an activist for ending whale captivity, told iNews that the behavior Kiska shows in the video is “a direct and stress-related result of an Icelandic killer whale captured from the wild, with Kiska being raised in the wild. an artificial and concrete environment for the last four decades.
The heartbreaking footage was taken by anti-captivity activists at MarineLand, Niagara Falls earlier this month and shared on social media
“Unfortunately, this is not unique and Kiska’s repetitive and self-inflicted behavior has been observed in other captive orcas where years of boredom in sterile, feature-less tanks with little or no stimulation manifest themselves. this way.
“Chronic stress can compromise the immune system and physiology of captive killer whales, causing disease and sometimes death.
“Kiska has been without an orc companion since 2011 and is deprived of all aspects of the social culture she would have experienced in nature.
“Orcas, and indeed all whales and dolphins, are very poor candidates for captive life. “
MarineLand did not immediately respond to a request for comment from MailOnline.
The plight of the captive orcas was brought to light by the 2013 documentary Black Fish, which examined events around Tilikum, an orca kept by SeaWorld.
The film drew a huge audience backlash, including millions of dollars in losses to SeaWorld, prompting the company to announce that it would end its killer whale breeding program and phase out performances in direct using orcas.
The 44-year-old killer whale was born off the coast of Iceland and has been in captivity since 1979, according to an activist, who said the killer whale has spent the past 10 years alone.