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Spring 2018

Spring 2018

Vancouver Aquarium will no longer keep whales and dolphins in captivity Mid-January, The Vancouver Aquarium announced the end of its captive cetacean programme, saying public debate was hindering its conservation work. Photo by Ed Bierman What a great news! I fulfilled my dream to see wild orcas on Vancouver Island. While there, we were advised to visit the aquarium. I even glimpsed at its tanks with animals swimming in circle while flying over the city in a harbour plane. I…

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Birthday

Birthday

My website is five years today. I want to take a moment to thank all of you who’ve stayed through my articles so far, and want to let you know there will be a proper English version soon! 5 years 75 articles (soon 76 in one week!) 26 130 clicks Visits Record on October 12th 2015 23 reading countries

Summer 2017

Summer 2017

HUGE STEP AGAINST CAPTIVITY: France has banned captive breeding of dolphins and killer whales. The new legislation also states new rules for the 4 marine parks in France: – Expand the tanks – Prohibit the use of chlorine to treat the water – Periodic control of the temperature and lighting as well as air and water parameters – Ending of all public contact – Respect of resting and recovery time for the animals – … This is but the beginning…

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Spring 2017

Spring 2017

We can safly say that these past three months have had their share of intense news. First of all, on the 4th of January, we had to admit to ourselves that the orca Granny, had past away. The oldest matriarchal female, also known as J2, had not been seen since October 2016. Scientists had to admit the sad truth. She was about 105 years old. Something to argue with procaps: yes, orcas can live as long as we do. No,…

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Farewell Tilikum

Farewell Tilikum

Breaking news: The orca Tilikum died on the 6th of January 2017. Causes of death have not been communicated yet (though we’ve been used to fact of never knowing them!) Tilikum (“friend” in Chinook) was the main protagonist of the award-winning documentary in 2013, Blackfish. The documentary exposed the truth behind the death of the dresser Dawn Brancheau, killed by Tilikum. “Tilly” was captured at only two years old in Iceland in 1983. We can go ahead and say he…

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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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