Winter 2016

Winter 2016

Born in August 2010 in Parc Astérix, Aicko was transferred to Planète Sauvage in 2015. In autumn 2016, his health worsened, his healers talked about eating disorders which led to an abnormal and quick loss of weight. Aicko died on the 6th of November. Causes of death are still unknown. He was only 6 years old! He’s the 4th dolphin to die in Planète Sauvage since the opening of Marine City in 2009. Two adults, Théa (19 years old) and…

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An orca dies at Marineland

An orca dies at Marineland

I’m speechless… Valentin passed away today. Freya‘s son (Freya passed away on June 20th) is reunited with his mother. Dressers and the veterinary team did assure everyone that the orcas were doing fine, what can we believe now?? Born on February 13th 1996, baptised because of Valentine’s Day, has lived 19 years in captivity and died in muddy waters. He wasn’t the youngest of the orcas : Wikie’s 14, Moana’4 and Keijo is barely 2. I’m so worried about their…

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Oct 2015, Marineland floods

Oct 2015, Marineland floods

Debrief after the storm that hit the South of France on October 3rd, and of course Marineland at the same time. One only has to google “Marineland storm” to see tons of articles on the subject. Awful pictures were available on the web as Bernard Giampaolo, the director, wishes to reassure everybody and tells “the animals’ situation is stabilizing”. 6 days after the storm, the park finally reveals the extent of the damages : we learn that 4 turtles, some…

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Marineland France 12/07/2015

Marineland France 12/07/2015

First major event in Europe against dolphin captivity and half a thousand people showed up in front of Marineland France on July 12th 2015. Three weeks after Freya’s death, the oldest orca in the park, and one day only after the launching of the new “swim-with” program, many famous people made the trip for this protest, including Ric O’Barry and John Hargrove. After the worldwide impact about the Cove and Blackfish, there is a growing awareness among people towards this…

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RIP Freya

RIP Freya

Sad news in the world of captivity, Freya, the oldest orca in Marineland France, passed away today. According to the park, the orca had been ill for some time (but let’s all be reassured, apparently, she did not suffer thanks to all the care from the veterinary team) and an autopsy will be carried out to figure out the causes of death. Let’s hope the results of that autopsy will be published. A little background story: Freya was born in…

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