a time when public opinion is against the capture and imprisonment
of wildlife in aquariums, zoos and circuses, the Vancouver
Aquarium insists to perpetuate the international marine mammal
slave trade. They even deal with infamous pro-whaling countries
such as Japan, that carry out bloody dolphin drives where most
animals are killed but some are captured for public display.
In captivity, whales and dolphins suffer physically and
psychological because their social and behaviour cannot be
provided for in an aquarium tank. These animals die prematurely -
in the wild orcas can live over 90 years, belugas 35 years and
other dolphin species 45 years. In 50 years, the Vancouver
Aquarium has an abysmal record in regards to whale and dolphin
breeding program. Three orca babies, two beluga babies, one
narwhal and one dolphin baby have died.
The following is a list of known cetacean deaths at the Vancouver
Aquarium (miscarriages are not reported to the media):
1. "Moby Doll", who
was actually a male orca, was harpooned to be killed as a model
for a sculpture in 1964. Since he didn't die, he was towed to
Vancouver by the harpoon rope, put on display and survived only 86
2. Orca "Natsidalia" was captured in 1968 and died seven months
later of heart failure.
3. The dolphin "Splasher" died of internal injuries in 1969 in
less than two years in captivity
4. A baby narwhal was captured in 1968 and shot due to severe rope
5-10. Six narwhals were captured in 1970 and died within four
bacterial infections and starvation.
11. Beluga "Bella" died in 1976 after 8.7 years in captivity.
12. Baby beluga "Tuaq" born to "Kavna" (pregnant when captured)
died in 1977 of malnutrition/bacterial infection at four months
13. Orca "Skana" was captured in 1967 and died in 1980 of a
general mycotic infection in less than 14 years in captivity.
14. Beluga "Lugosi" died from severe tissue trauma/leak in lung in
1980 in less than 13 years in captivity.
15. Dolphin "Arion" was captured in 1983 from Burrard Inlet (date
of death not known).
16. Beluga "Sanaq" captured in 1976 died from shock following an
antibiotic injection in 1985.
17. Beluga "Churchill" was the fifth beluga to die in Stanley
Park. He died of a massive bacterial infection in 1989 after 4
years of captivity.
18. Orca "Bjossa" had an unnamed first baby who died of starvation
at 22 days old in 1988.
19. Orca "Hyak II" ("Hyak I" was released for unknown reasons) was
captured in 1968 and died in 1991 after 22 years in captivity.
20. Orca "Bjossa" had a second baby "K'yosha" on September 30,
1991, who died alone a horrific, painful death caused by a brain
infection bumping against the sides of the tank 97 days after
21. Orca "Bjossa" had a third baby born March 1995 who blead to
death within 8 minutes after his umbilical cord ruptured. The
decaying body was left in the bottom of the tank for 5 days for
the paying public to flock to the aquarium to see the dead baby
22. Orca "Finna" died in October 1997 at only 21 years old.
23. Orca "Bjossa" was very sick so she was shipped to die at Sea
World-San Diego in April 2001 because the Vancouver Aquarium
wanted to go ahead and renovate her show tank before the busy
summer season, where they now keep dolphins purchased from the
infamous and bloody dolphin drives in Japan. Bjossa was the last
orca to suffer at the Vancouver Aquarium. She died alone in a
reserve tank in San Diego in October 2001, at only 25 years young.
24. Dolphin "Whitewings" died in 2002 from respiratory failure -
after the fourth time a staff's arm was inserted down the
dolphin's throat to remove pool debris from her stomach.
25. Beluga "Tuvaq" born to mother "Aurora" on July 20, 2002, died
unexpectantly at three years old on July 17, 2005. The aquarium
vet claims he doesn't know why.
26. Dolphin "Hana", purchased from the Enoshida Aquarium in Japan,
which collects dolphins from the bloody dolphin drive. Hana was
transported to the Vancouver Aquarium already pregnant on October
16, 2005. It took aquarium staff 6 months to finally realize that
Hana was pregnant and then she gave birth to stillborn baby on
June 7, 2006.
As of June 2006 at least 9 orcas, 7 narwhals, 6 Belugas, and 3
Pacific, white-sided dolphins have died.
Will you help the whales today?