Killer whale dies at Marineland

Posted Tuesday, August 3, 2004 9:55 AM | Contributed by supermandl

Ontario Veterinarians are trying to figure out why a 12-year-old killer whale died at Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It's the fifth whale to die at the amusement park in less than five years.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2004 10:40 AM
DawgByte II's avatar I like how ironic it is that Belugas have a harder time living in captivity than Orcas... even worse that captive Belugas death rate for new-borns are very high, yet Marineland has been extremely successful with the Beluga whales as well as their newborns & the Orcas have been just dropping like flys.

There's been newborn Belugas almost every year, but very few Orcas at Marineland who have been breeding. It's just ashame since this park... trying to become THE premier marine park in the world... has had so many Orca deaths in the past decade, for what amounts to really unknown reasons.

Their Beluga habitat is top notch now with the addition of Artic Cove. I'm not so sure on how well the Orcas habitats are doing... but they should really import a couple Orcas to the park & start a breeding ground. The only way to save these creatures (ones in captivity) is to take great care of the ones you have & breed more for a better life.

Wednesday, August 4, 2004 1:25 AM
Five whales in five years? Sheesh. I thought I was bad with plants and hamsters.



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