Kiska in captivity at Marineland

I went to Marineland on opening day May 17, 2012. It was very hard to witness and see the sad lone killer whale named Kiska circling her pool. I took lots of photos and some video as well. You can see the sadness in her eyes. I will be posting more very soon. The is the one and only Orca whale in captivity in Canada at the moment. She was caught in the wild and has been living out her life in captivity. Why do we keep whales prisoners like this? Or any animal for that matter? For us to look at and entertain us? It is very sad.

I watched children say “Wooooowwww” and stand in amazement watching her. Most of them requested their parents to take a photo of them standing in front of the whale.

I sat with her on the edge of her pool in the underwater viewing area for a couple of hours. Sometimes there was a crowd watching her  and then after a few family photos, they would clear out and it would be empty again.

I wondered what she was thinking. I wondered how she felt inside.

A Marineland whale trailer worker came up to me and asked me if I was a “Whale nut”? Probably because I was watching her for so long. He asked if I wanted to hear more information about Kiska. He told me how she was originally taken from Icelandic waters when she was young. And she has been at Marineland since the early 70′s. She used to be the main whale who did all of the whale shows at Marineland. She also birthed a few young but most of them have died. Now because of her age, she is considered “retired”.

She lives alone in a pool with artificial salt water (the park adds what they feel is the correct amount of salt to the fresh water) to keep the whale buoyant and to artificially replica the ocean.

There are a couple of rocks at the bottom of her tank and rock formations around the edges of the pool. She circles these rocks over and over again…

Her dorsal fin is wobbly and not strait. Her eyes stare deep to the bottom of the pool as she circles over and over again…

It is very sad.


I will be shooting a film this summer 2012 on Vancouver Island featuring the killer whales in their natural habitat. Support an Orca Whale Documentary here:

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How are humans affecting the Orca whales? How do our choices have an affect on the whales? This documentary will give Canadians insight into the lives of the Orca whales that live in the northern Vancouver Island waters. Their habitat is changing fast and their population is also at risk. Principal photography will be shot this summer July/Aug 2012 on the Johnstone Strait. I will be working in cooperation with Orcalab, a whale research station for 30+years in Canada that uses non-invasive research techniques to study the whales in their natural habitat.

This will be my first feature film. I am excited about the opportunity to work with OrcaLab to tell their story and inspire others to take action and make this world a better place. As a 2011 graduate of TV and Film, I am inspired to make a film that will have an impact and make a difference in our world.

As a filmmaker my goal is to raise awareness of the plight of orca whales, but more importantly to inspire viewers to take action to help protect our natural world. Ultimately, it is not just the orca whale that is at risk, but our own health and well being depend on conserving this treasured species and our planet.

See the fundraising campaign here: - Your support is needed and appreciated!

Watch a promo video for the documentary:

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