Imprisoned at Marineland, Lone Orca Appears to Bash Her Head Against Tank Over and Over (VIDEO)

Published by Katherine Sullivan.

The sight and sounds of Kiska the orca as she appears to bash her head repeatedly against a tank at Marineland will haunt you, as will the rest of her heartbreaking story. On Wednesday, video footage taken on September 4 was posted to Twitter showing Kiska the orca appearing to slam her head and body against a glass wall in the cramped tank she’s kept isolated in at the Canadian tourist trap.

Additional heartbreaking footage posted in July shows Kiska floating listlessly on the water’s surface. Across Twitter alone, the two videos combined have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

Decades ago, as a baby, Kiska was abducted from her ocean home—torn away from her family. In 2011, her tankmate, Ikaika, was shipped back to the U.S.—to SeaWorld San Diego—leaving Kiska alone and isolated. Years prior to Ikaika’s transfer, all five of Kiska’s Marineland-born calves died—all of them before they were even 7 years old. (In nature, orcas have an average life expectancy of 30 to 50 years—their estimated maximum lifespan is 60 years for males and 80 for females.) Had she been left in peace in nature, Kiska would likely be enjoying ocean life alongside her pod—but for the past 10 years, she has been forced to spend her days isolated in a barren enclosure, swimming alone in endless circles or floating spiritlessly inside her cramped tank.

In May, Marineland took baby steps toward progress when it transferred five of the approximately 50 beluga whales imprisoned at its severely crowded park to an Association of Zoos & Aquariums–accredited facility in Connecticut. In doing so, Marineland proved that it can do a good thing—but we want it to do a great thing: release Kiska and the other animals still imprisoned at its park and send them to seaside sanctuaries. Please join PETA in speaking out—sign our petition to let Marineland know that you have no love for a tourist trap that continues to confine and exploit any animals:

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind