does anyone still have that post which showed images of Hugo’s nose injury/stitched up nose?
Not the one you’re talking about, but I found this:
thats exactly the one! thanks!
Kiska’s dorsal fin is deteriorating fast.
THE FOLLOWING IS GRAPHIC:
Phil Demers, former senior marine mammal trainer, described the aftermath of killer whale Kandu’s death in late December 2005. Kandu was the whale that spent 19 years of his life at Marineland, much of it confined to the little gated holding pool off the King Waldorf Stadium pool. His death hit staffers hard. Trainers stood around crying as the dead whale was hoisted by crane out of the pool and onto a trailer.
A necropsy was completed and the whale was buried in one of the park’s mass graves. Two weeks later, Demers said he was “pulled into the office by (a vet) and asked to go and dig up Kandu,” because they had failed to obtain brain tissue samples.
It was half-raining and half-snowing, Demers said, and he looked down into about six inches of water in the deep grave and saw Kandu’s head. He and another trainer jumped into the grave and began sawing into his skull. “He was not frozen and it smelled so bad and there was blood all over the place. I was elbow deep in the pit of reddish orangey sludge and we both kept coming up to vomit.”
Phil Demers on the death of Kandu, this blog’s namesake and the father of all calves born at Marineland. He was the longest killer whale in captivity at 23.5 feet, and his trainers called him “Baby” for his sweet nature.
photo (c) Laurie Neron and displayed at orcahome.de
Rest in peace, Kandu. I’m sorry.
They don’t care about the whales, only about lining their pockets. This is a perfect, yet gruesome, example.
I believe that tissue samples from deceased animals are very important because they can actually further studies on research about the species, however in this case I find it to be unnecessary. If they forgot to do it, oh well. Digging the whale’s body up was not needed.
I agree completely, the necropsy is very important and we do know Kandu’s cause of death was cancer due to it. However, what kind of working condition is this?? Sending your trainers into a mass grave to get a chunk of whale out that you forgot? He’s in there, it’s done. They could have gotten so sick, not to mention the disrespect to Kandu who performed for 20 years for them.
Photo and caption by Isabelle Dupre
Back flip of a wild orca (Orcinus orca) in the waters off Norway. This young female did the same breach three times close to our boat. I have never ever seen a breach like that from a wild orca. I cannot recall any picture taken of such a breach in the wild. The second time she breached, I was able to capture the reflection of the female on the still water of the sea which was like a mirror. It is one of my best memories in my photographing experience.
Location: Norway - Vesteralen Islands - Offshore
Near Victoria Island, BC. An encounter between a killer whale and a kayakist… by Jacques-Andre Dupont
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This is our Mohawk Video Festival submission. It is a 15 minute documentary showcasing what ex employees say is going on at Marineland,
whichever side you’re on, anti or pro, everyone needs to see this and see what’s going on in this little hell hole named marine land canada. anyone who cares about animals at all, even a little, needs to see this.