Marineland animals suffering, former staffers say

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Re: Marineland animals suffering, former staffers say

Postby SoCalCoasters » Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:28 pm

gisco wrote:The only thing I noticed on the trip was that some of the deer didn't look all that healthy.

Someone one told me on the TPR trip, and I don't remember who, that the orca came from Seaworld with the understanding that they were to build a larger performing stadium and breed them. Since none of that came about Seaworld wants the orca back but they refuse. Probably don't want to lose one of their star attractions. Take that rumor with a grain of salt.


http://www.torontosun.com/2011/11/12/killer-whale-moved-from-marineland

Was this the incident you're referring to? The killer whale was already removed I thought...
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Re: Marineland animals suffering, former staffers say

Postby gisco » Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:39 pm

SharkTums wrote:^^I think I told you that, and I'm pretty sure it's fact and not a rumor at all.


I just looked it up. The orca in question has already been transfered to Seaworld San Diego leaving the one we saw there.

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Re: Marineland animals suffering, former staffers say

Postby Blind Idiot God » Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:00 pm

Rollercoaster Rider wrote:
DJeXeL wrote:Heart breaking read. Makes you respect Busch parks that much more.



And Six Flags Discovery Kingdom


SFDK has a pretty horrible reputation itself.

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Re: Marineland animals suffering, former staffers say

Postby scbt » Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:02 pm

Wow, just wow, What a disgrace and shame for those animals.

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Re: Marineland animals suffering, former staffers say

Postby Ed Farmer » Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:14 pm

Hercules wrote:
Rollercoaster Rider wrote:Where's PETA in this?


They have been involved with this place for a long time. It's sad that it takes interviews with former staffers to get this to be news. When PETA has said anything in the past people have just rolled their eyes.


To a large degree, they have only themselves to blame for that.
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Re: Marineland animals suffering, former staffers say

Postby Chroniq » Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:30 pm

Marineland is a "bit" sketchy. When you walk around a park that clearly hasn't spent a dollar on renovating even basic things (like their single restaurant) in 30 years, it's a good sign they are also probably cutting corners in the back of the house (animal care) as well. Didn't see anything overtly out of the normal in animal care during the day there though.. The trainers, feeders, etc, seemed to be acting exactly like I've seen at other aquariums/parks..I guess the only strange things I saw were the killer whale's dorsal fin was curling (think free willy), but I guess they all do that in captivity and a beluga whale that was all cut up, (like he was saved from a net)...I also found it interesting that they staffed security guards on either side of the shared killer whale/ beluga pool to prevent you from walking around to the back of pool which is currently being used as a holding tank for something, but was originally "on stage".
On the bright side of things, they are currently building the "worlds largest aquarium", which will probably relinquish any of these concerns (someone PLEASE post a pic ).
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Re: Marineland animals suffering, former staffers say

Postby chadster » Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:43 pm

I'm working on my report now ;)
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Re: Marineland animals suffering, former staffers say

Postby TxChoice » Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:55 pm

Here's an article about the whale that went back to SeaWorld. Looks like the park had to pay SeaWorld $255,000 and transport the whale back to SeaWorld after a court ruling:

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1061114--send-killer-whale-back-to-florida-court-tells-marineland

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Re: Marineland animals suffering, former staffers say

Postby Chroniq » Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:59 pm

Thanks Chad--- Note: This was originally announced in 2006. Their website (which is awesome because it still says copyright- 2009 ) lists some amazing details of this nearly completed attraction (read: baron land that hasn't been touched in years)


http://www.marinelandcanada.com/attractions/future_development/
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Re: Marineland animals suffering, former staffers say

Postby Carnage » Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:46 pm

It's sad, but it doesn't surprise me.

Marineland has had a bad reputation for years about their animal care. They've been in the news in recent years for having killer whales die well before their life expectancy.

They also still market Dragon Mountain as the worlds largest steel roller coaster. ;)
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