World's loneliest killer whale seen banging head against tank after outliving her babies

The killer whale Kiska was filmed by anti-captivity activist and whistleblower Phil Demers banging her head against her enclosure in MarineLand, Ontario, Canada

The loneliest killer whale in the world was hit with its head against the side of the tank in distress

A heartbroken killer whale was filmed banging its head against the side of its shell after outliving its five babies.

The distressed orca named Kiska is captive in MarineLand, Ontario, Canada and is slapped against the perimeter of her pool in a 30-second clip.

Anti-captivity activist and whistleblower Phil Demers filmed the mother, dubbed the “loneliest whale in the world” by the Whale Sanctuary, and then shared her on social media.

The 43-year-old activist previously worked in the park.

The footage was uploaded with the caption: “This video was recorded on September 4, 2021. Activists against captivity entered MarineLand and watched as Kiska hit her last surviving orca with her head against the wall. Please see and share. This cruelty must end. #FreeKiska. “

The killer whale was filmed threshing in its tank



Mr Demers also shared a second video that was filmed up close to the 44-year-old orca as she rammed the enclosure walls.

He said: “This is dangerous and self-harming behavior. Kiska is in need.”

He claims Kiska was born off the coast of Iceland before she was captured in 1979.

Activists are pushing for Kiska’s release



She outlived all of her tankmates, including her descendants, and has been alone for a decade.

The Orca Rescues Foundation said: “For over 40 years she has suffered the loss of her freedom, babies and all of her tankmates.

“For the past 10 years she has been in complete social isolation from others of her kind. That has made her loneliness and imprisonment with her.”

Rob Lott, an end-captivity activist with whale and dolphin protection, said iNews the behavior of the whale “is a direct, stress-induced result of the wild-caught Icelandic orca, with Kiska being raised in an artificial, concrete environment for the past four decades”.

“Unfortunately, this is not unique and Kiska’s repetitive, self-inflicted behavior has been seen in other captured orcas, where years of boredom manifest in barren, inoperative tanks with little or no stimulation in this way,” he said.

He went on to say that chronic stress can have devastating effects on the immune system and physiology of a captured orca.

Der Spiegel asked MarineLand for a comment.


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