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Meet the Whales: Orcas Recently Lost to Inaction


Kiska the Orca Whale in her captive pool in Marineland Canada, Haida Orca Sanctuary, We Belong to the Sea, Orca Conservation

Kiska (Female, 47 years old at time of death)


  • Kiska was captured in 1979 at the age of 3

  • She was held captive originally in Iceland, but was sold to Marineland Canada

  • She gave birth to 5 babies in her lifetime: Athena, Hudson, Nova, Kanuck, and one who didn't survive long enough to be named. All 5 died, leaving Kiska alone in grief and trauma

  • She only had brief companionship with other Orcas

  • Kiska died alone from a bacterial infection in 2023

  • There was no sanctuary to give her back her freedom

  • She was dubbed "The Loneliest Whale in the World"


Kiska the Orca Whale floating in her captive pool at Marineland Canada, Kiska lived over 40 years in captivity, We Belong to the Sea, Save the Whales, Haida Orca Sanctuary

Moana the Orca does tricks at Marineland Antibes in France, End Orca Captivity, We Belong to the Sea, Haida Orca Sanctuary, Endangered Animal nonprofit in Canada

Moana (Male, 12 years old at time of death)


  • Moana died in Marineland Antibes in France at only 12 years of age

  • He never new natural life in the ocean as he was born in captivity

  • One Voice had seen him display stereotypical behavior indicating severe psychological distress. This behavior is typical of Orcas and other marine animals in captivity

  • His death was sudden

  • He was the fourth Orca to die in the EU in three years

  • Moana is survived by his mother, Wikie, his brother Keijo, and his uncle, Inouk


Moana the male Orca alone in his captive pen at Marineland France, Orca captivity, Haida Orca Sanctuary, Endangered Orca whales, Canadian nonprofit for animals, We Belong to the Sea

Naya and her baby calf swimming in their captive tank at Moskvarium in Russia, The last Orca alive in Russia, End Orca Captivity, Orca Sanctuary in Canada, We Belong to the Sea

Naya's Baby (less than 1 month old at time of death)


  • Naya's Baby was born on December 29th, 2023

  • She died after less than a month due to a congenital heart defect

  • Naya is alone in her grief and the last Orca alive at the Moskvarium in Russia


Naya and her baby calf swimming in their captive tank at Moskvarium in Russia, The last Orca alive in Russia, End Orca Captivity, Orca Sanctuary in Canada, We Belong to the Sea

Tokitae the killer whale performing at a marine amusement park, Orca in captivity, Lolita the Orca performs in her tank, Haida Orca Sanctuary, We Belong to the Sea, Save the Orcas

Tokitae (Female, 57 years old at time of death)


  • Tokitae was abducted in 1980 during the Penn Cove captures near Seattle, Washington at the age of 4

  • She was nicknamed Toki, a nod to her region of origin in the Salish Sea, which translates to "nice day, pretty colors"

  • To crowds viewing her in captivity, she was known as Lolita

  • She spent the rest of her life in a tiny tank at Miami Seaquarium in Florida performing circus tricks for food

  • The Lummi Nation began efforts to bring her home to the Salish Sea around 2018

  • She was being prepared for the travel home to the Sanctuary, but died before the Sanctuary was built


Tokitae the killer whale performing at a marine amusement park, Orca in captivity, Lolita the Orca performs in her tank, Haida Orca Sanctuary, We Belong to the Sea, Save the Orcas








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