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Freya (1982-2015 Marineland Antibes, France)

These are news about captive orcas only (with a few exemptions). If you are interested in news about wild orcas, I suggest the fabulous Orca Network!

June 20, 2015:

33-year-old female Freya passed away today after fighting an undisclosed illness for several months. Freya leaves behind 20-year-old son Valentin. She suffered four stillbirths between the years 1991 and 2003. Freya was caught off Iceland in October 1982 at about age 1, together with long gone Haida 2, Kim 2, Nootka 4 and an unnamed male calf.

Source: Marineland Antibes' Facebook page

June 3, 2015:

The Miami Seaquarium is finally no longer allowing trainers to work in the tank with Lolita. This comes as result of a citation issued by Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 2014.

Source: Miami New Times

May 31, 2015:

By a landmark bill the Canadian Province of Ontario has banished the breeding and purchase of orcas. Unfortunately this bill does not include 39-year-old Kiska, who remains in solitary confinement at Marineland Ontario..

Source: The Georgia Straight

March 27, 2015:

Former SeaWorld trainer John Hargrove has written a brilliant book about his experiences as a killer whale trainer:

Here are great interviews with John Hargrove on National Public Radio and Jon Stewart's The Daily Show.

Highly recommended to learn more about the conditions of killer whales in captivity, especially at SeaWorld.

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