Kiska Orca Story: Loneliest Whale In The World From Capture To DeathSophia Loren (Author) Published Date : Mar 13, 2023 12:19 IST
The last captive Orca in Canada (Killer Whale) in the hands of humans has died in Canada's Niagara Falls.
Forty-seven years old Orca Kiska, also known as the loneliest whale in the world, died at Marineland. Kiska Orca was caught off the coast of Iceland in 1979 when she was three years old.
Along with that, another orca dolphin named Keiko, famous for appearing in the movie Free Willy was caught. They lived together for a few years in Marineland in the 1980s. Over the years, many orcas' companions came and went, some were transferred to other parks, and a few died.
Kiska bored five calves, but they died before the age of seven. According to the National Wildlife Federation, orcas are extremely sociable creatures that establish intricate hierarchies within their pods in the wild. Children in some kinds of pods remain with their mothers for the rest of their lives.
Kiska's last tankmate was moved to SeaWorld in 2011. Since then, she has been living all alone. This is how she got the name 'loneliest whale in the world.' The videos of Kiska ramming her head against her tank walls went viral in December 2021, gathering millions of views online. And after her death, this video is again going viral.
Kiska's former trainer Phil Demers previously posted a video of Kiska moving slowly and sadly at a marine zoo in Niagara Falls. Many voiced support for Kiska and shouted to free her.
After facing 12 years of loneliness, Kiska died on March 9 at the age of 47 due to a bacterial infection in Marineland of Canada in Ontario. No matter what, Kiska Orca will remain in the hearts of many for years.
Heartbreaking video of Kiska, MarineLand’s last orca’s tank prior to and just after her tragic death. Let her legacy be that of inspiring great change as she’s the last orca that will ever be in captivity in Canada. #RIPKiska pic.twitter.com/pBRt1Hw4Rg— Phil Demers (@walruswhisperer) March 11, 2023