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Опубликовано: March 11, 2023 в 5:49 am


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Third orca death in 18 months at theme park

Loro Parque tourist attraction in Tenerife, Spain has announced the death of Kohana, a 20-year-old orca transferred to the facility from SeaWorld in the US in 2006.

Kohana is the third orca who has died at the facility within 18 months after Skyla (17 years old) died in March 2021, and Ula (three years old), died in August 2021.

According to Loro Parque, Kohana had health issues that were identified some time ago, but the cause of death is unknown at this point.

At the age of only two years old, Kohana was transferred from SeaWorld San Diego to SeaWorld Orlando together with her mother Takara. Two years later, she was separated from her mother and transported to Spain together with three other young SeaWorld orcas.

Separation and transportation are extremely stressful for these highly social and intelligent marine mammals. In 2010, at the age of only eight years old, Kohana gave birth to a male calf, later called Adàn. However, Kohana showed no interest in the calf and Adán was raised by the trainers at the facility. He is still alive at present, however his sister Victoria, Kohana’s 2nd calf born in 2012, died at the age of only ten months old. As Kohana had never learnt how to raise a calf, she also showed little interest in Victoria.

In the wild, the bond between orca mothers and calves are extremely close and last for a lifetime. Captivity can never replicate their complex social structures or give them the space they need.

WDC is working towards a phase out of whale and dolphin captivity and creating sanctuaries for individuals already in held in tanks.



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Loro Parque commemorates the 10th anniversary of the rescue of the orca Morgan



This Wednesday 24th June, Loro Parque commemorated the 10th anniversary of the rescue of the orca Morgan. Taking advantage of this occasion, the Park uploaded an emotional documentary to its social networks in which it tells its story of overcoming and survival, as well as a report in which the protagonists of the rescue tell their experience. In addition, it wanted to draw attention to the serious consequences that underwater noise has on the lives of cetaceans, this being a possible cause of the deafness that Morgan suffers.

Taking advantage of this date and the fact that Morgan is deaf, the Park wanted to draw attention to the serious consequences of underwater noise on the lives of cetaceans…

For this reason, Loro Parque assures that it is time to take action to protect the animals from the negative effects of noise, something that Loro Parque Fundación is already working on through different projects. One of these projects is the demand to extend the moratorium on medium frequency military sonar in the Canary Islands to the whole of Macaronesia, in an initiative that has the unanimous support of the Government of the Canary Islands and the MEPs from the European Outermost Regions. Although this cannot be known for sure, an increasing number of cetaceans appear to be stranded with hearing problems. And scientists have shown that noise caused by human activities at sea is disturbing underwater soundscapes, animals and marine ecosystems.

Also noteworthy is CanBIO, a project co-financed by Loro Parque and the Government of the Canary Islands with 2,000,000 euros to study the effects of climate change on the sea in the Canary Islands and Macaronesia. Thanks to this project, two permanent underwater monitoring stations for acoustic quality in the archipelago analyze the evolution of noise over time and monitor the underwater soundscapes of the Canary Islands. One station is already in operation in the Bay of Gando, in Gran Canaria, and another one will be operational by the end of the year in El Hierro.

Morgan: a survival story with a happy ending

It was on 24 June 2010, now 10 years ago, that this killer whale appeared on the coast of the Netherlands. It was just a baby and found itself alone, dehydrated and malnourished, almost on the verge of death. Thanks to her rescue and the efforts of many people to ensure that she did not die, she was able to recover completely in a few months at the Harderwijk Dolphinarium in the Netherlands.

However, her family could not be found, so she could not be returned to the sea and there were only two alternatives: euthanasia or integration into a group of killer whales under human care. The Dutch authorities, after studying her case, decided that the best place for her was Loro Parque and the Zoo of Puerto de la Cruz accepted their request for help.

Soon after, her caretakers detected that Morgan was not responding to acoustic signals and a group of experts found that she was deaf, which would prevent her from hunting, orienting herself and communicating underwater. However, in order to interact with her, the trainers at Orca Ocean in Loro Parque devised and developed a light-based communication system that is unique in the world.

As a result, Morgan was able to integrate more easily and has managed to establish such positive social bonds within the group that, in September 2018, she gave birth to her first baby, Ula, who is the youngest and growing up healthy and strong. Today, both live in perfect harmony with each other.

Orcas and Sea World

Red indicates the Sea World parking lot. Green is where killer whales spend their entire
own life

11:01, 13 July 2020

Author: maria_Iv

Comments I have been to Loro Parque, which is also a branch of Sea World twice. For the first time, there was a sea of ​​emotions. different. At first, I almost burst into tears when I saw gorillas behind the glass. I was embarrassed in front of them. I am generally silent about the killer whale show. I have always dreamed of seeing them. But how I was crushed, not to convey. I did not think that these 2 troughs are their lifelong habitat.

For some reason, some kind of semi-artificial pools with access to the ocean were imagined. Kind of like in some movie. And there is just a trough. The park itself is awesome. For people. Heaps of space. For people. And all the animals are in very cramped conditions. And this is given the popularity of the park. And everything is presented under the hypocritical sauce of caring for the environment. Only 1 killer whale was rescued from the wild (was injured). The rest you know how. On our next visit, we went after watching films about killer whales in captivity, where I knew what to look for. And my fears, unfortunately, were confirmed. This is obesity, and curved fins. And the obvious caution of the coaches. There is no friendship between people and wild animals, and kisses on the gums, as they try to present. But at least I hope the money for tickets for their food will be spent. I support zoos only as a means of preserving rare species or those animals that cannot survive on their own. nine0003



When I was in Loro Parque in Tenerife, it was said during the tour that the first killer whales were brought to Tenerife in Loro Parque from the Sea World Aquarium, where they were born there. It is believed that if animals breed in captivity, then very acceptable living conditions have been created for them.

I have never been to Sea World, because I am not really a fan of such entertainment, but under the influence of green shows with killer whales, they have either already closed or will be closed. But releasing them, born and raised in captivity, into the ocean … is not a guarantee that they will survive in the ocean. nine0003


What is the speech about? Killer whales will not breed in the wild (i.e. in these parks) (it has been forbidden for 4 years already), they will not be caught for Sea World in the ocean either. Additional pools have been built. It is not possible to release already trained fish into the open ocean, they will die. What are you offering? I was lucky enough to get to performances with killer whales before people were banned from participating in them (i.e. 10 years ago). It was phenomenal. What is shown now is nothing at all. I just love to watch the fish as they hang out in those pools that they built additionally. For me, this park (in San Diego) is one of my favorites. Almost all animals in such parks are either animals crippled for some reason and saved by humans or already born in captivity, i.e. They have almost no chance of surviving in the wild. The people involved in and caring for these animals are great professionals. If you care so much about the animals in these parks, donate. There are opportunities for this at any of the sites (there are 3 such parks in the USA). I will also tell you that a lot of people with disabilities are employed in these parks. Children and adults in these parks learn kindness towards people and animals. nine0003


They are caught while still young, separated from their mother. Mothers vainly trying to save their cub die. Many cubs also die.


Even from this photo you can see that the pools next to the green line are also used by killer whales, and the red zone captures more than the parking actually exists. This, of course, does not make the situation any better, but why lie even in the smallest?

Killer whale show – Stock Editorial Photo © hamikus #55758361

Killer Whale Show – Stock Editorial Photo © hamikus #55758361 Editorial

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PUERTO DE LA CRUZ, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 10: Killer whale (orca ocean) in a jump on September 10, 2014 in Loro Parque, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain.