52 Orcas in Captivity

52_orcas_300Kudos to the Creators of 52 Orcas

Each week the creators of 52Orcas.com profile a different whale in captivity, in an effort to increase awareness. These whales aren't just numbers, they had families and actual lives before being kidnapped and confined to their watery jail.

Visit www.52orcas.com to read the complete profile on these orcas or to sign up for regular posts.

Here is the list up to May 18, 2014:

19. Earth: 5 years in captivity, currently found in Kamogawa SeaWorld

18. Unknown: Recent capture of 3 whales to be put on display for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, have been sold to China for their new "Ocean Kingdom" theme park.

17. Kalia: 9 years in captivity, currently being held at SeaWorld San Diego

16. Wikie: 13 years in captivity, currently being held at Marineland Antibes, France

15. Tekoa: 13 years in captivity, currently being held in Loro Parque, Spain

14. Nakai: 12 years in captivity, currently being held at SeaWorld San Diego

13. Katina: 35 years in captivity, currently being held at SeaWorld Orlando

12. Inouk: 15 years in captivity, currently being held at Marineland Antibes, France

11. Takara: 22 years in captivity, currently being held at SeaWorld San Antonio

10. Stella: 26 years in captivity, currently being held at Port of Nagoya Aquarium, Japan

9. Morgan: 4 years in captivity, currently being held at Loro Parque, Spain

8. Unknown: 5 months in captivity, currently being held at Seaside Dolphinarium, Russia

7. Valentin: 18 years in captivity, currently being held at Marineland Antibes, France

6. Freya: 32 years in captivity, currently being held at Marineland Antibes, France

5. Kayla: 25 years in captivity, currently being held at SeaWorld Orlando

4. Kshamenk: 21 years in captivity, currently being held at Mundo Marino

3. Kasatka: 35 years in captivity, currently being held at SeaWorld San Diego

2. Corky (also known as Shamu): 44 years in captivity, currently being held at SeaWorld San Diego

1. Lolita: 43 years in captivity, currently being held at Miami Seaquarium - Lolita has lived in captivity since age 2, in a 20 foot deep tank. Her mother and pod are still alive.


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Why are there still orcas being taken from the wild? it is akin to whaling, wanton slaughter and exploitation. This should not be happening. Who gives people approval for this kind of thing?
This one comes from Carla on Aug 29th, 2014.

Fellow Earthlings should not be considered personal property but have a new judiciary Animal Status to prevent their mistreatment and abuse!
This message was contributed by Kirsten Lassen-Smith on May 24th, 2014.