‘Heartbreaking’ footage of a whale bashing its head against its tank in Canada has gone viral on social media.
Phil Demers, an anti-captivity activist, shared a clip of the orca, called Kiska, on Twitter.
He captioned the post: “This video was taken on Sept 4th, 2021.
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“Anti-captivity activists entered MarineLand and observed Kiska, their last surviving orca bashing her head against the wall.
“Please watch and share. This cruelty must end.”
In a follow-up clip, he added: “Another angle. This is dangerous and self-harming behaviour. Kiska is in distress.”
According to reports, Demer previously worked at the park but is now dedicating his life to helping animals in captivity.
It’s believed that Kiska, who is 44 years old, was captured in Iceland back in 1979.
Following the death of the other orcas in the marine park in 2011, including the creature’s own five offspring, the whale has been left isolated in her enclosure.
Demers wants to help give the orca a better quality of life again, no matter what it takes.
He told his followers: “I want to see Kiska taken to an interim facility with other orcas until the Whale Sanctuary Project (in Nova Scotia) is built.
“Visitors can support find the Whale Sanctuary as well as support animal abuse whistleblowers at The Whale Sanctuary Project.”
To help marine mammals, he’s even set up a GoFundMe page.
He’s not the only person passionate about saving the animals.
The end captivity campaigner for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Rob Lott, has also spoken out about Kiska.
He’s blamed her ‘stress-related’ behaviour on spending ‘the last four decades’ within an ‘artificial, concrete environment’.
In a chat with iNews, he explained: “Sadly, this isn’t unique and the repetitive, self-inflicted behaviour shown by Kiska has been seen in other captive orcas where years of boredom in barren, featureless tanks with little or no stimulation manifests itself this way.
“Chronic stress can compromise captive orcas’ immune systems and physiology causing illness and sometimes death.
“Kiska has been without an orca companion since 2011 and is deprived of every aspect of the social culture she would have experienced in the wild.”
He added: “Orcas, and indeed all whales and dolphins, are extremely poor candidates for life in captivity.”
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