‘World’s loneliest killer whale’ filmed repeatedly smashing head against tank

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A caged killer whale has been filmed repeatedly ramming her head into the side of her tank in a shocking video.

Kiska the orca's alarming behaviour was reportedly filmed at MarineLand in Niagara Falls, Canada.

Whistleblower Phil Demers, who used to work at the park, claims 44-year-old Kiska was caught off the coast of Iceland and has been in captivity since 1979.

For the last decade Kiska has been alone after outliving her five calves, to earn the sorry title of the loneliest whale in the world, iNews reports.

In a 30-second aerial clip taken by Mr Demers, Kiska can be seen ferociously whacking her head and body against a wall.

He urges shocked viewers to share the footage to help raise awareness and 'free Kiska'.

It was shared online with the caption: "This video was taken on Sept 4th, 2021. Anti-captivity activists entered MarineLand and observed Kiska, their last surviving orca bashing her head against the wall. Please watch and share. This cruelty must end. #FreeKiska."

A second video uploaded to Twitter by Mr Demmers, shows a much closer side view of the whale's concerning behaviour.

He claimed: "Another angle. This is dangerous and self harming behaviour. Kiska is in distress."

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The aerial footage has been viewed more than 190,000 times on Twitter and has almost 3,000 retweets.

Mr Demmers added: "I want to see Kiska taken to an interim facility with other orcas until the Whale Sanctuary Project (in Nova Scotia) is built.

"Visitors can support find the Whale Sanctuary as well as support animal abuse whistleblowers at The Whale Sanctuary Project."

In a follow up tweet, the campaigner, who has over 36,000 followers on the social media platform, wrote: "Whales should never be on planes. Whales should never be in pools. Whales need to be in the ocean."

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Rob Lott, end captivity campaigner at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation, said the behaviour "is a direct, stress-related result of wild-caught Icelandic orca, Kiska being raised in an artificial, concrete environment for the last four decades".

He continued: "Sadly, this isn’t unique and the repetitive, self-inflicted behaviour shown by Kiska has been seen in other captive orcas where years of boredom in barren, featureless tanks with little or no stimulation manifests itself this way.

"Chronic stress can compromise captive orcas’ immune systems and physiology causing illness and sometimes death.

"Kiska has been without an orca companion since 2011 and is deprived of every aspect of the social culture she would have experienced in the wild.

"Orcas, and indeed all whales and dolphins, are extremely poor candidates for life in captivity."

Mr Demers is also raising money to help marine mammals with a Gofundme page which had raised over £150,000 by Saturday evening.

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