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What does the future hold for the orcas of Antibes?

What does the future hold for the orcas of Antibes?

Mis à jour le 25 May 2022

Whilst SeaWorld has stopped the orca reproduction programme, in Antibes, the show opens again. Following the deaths last year of Freya, Valentin, Eclair and Mila, what does the future hold for the flood survivors?

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The lost children

Wikie, Inouk, Moana, Keijo… the four surviving orcas in the Antibes pool, hopefully now free from infected water. As if nothing has happened, Marineland is hoping that the show will go on. The early deaths of Freya at 34 and Valentin at 19 have been forgotten, along with those of Eclair and Mila, which by the way we had failed to report! The flooding which still poses a threat to the park has been forgotten! Under new management, Marineland launches a new season.


For the reopening, Marineland has announced a review of the orca shows. The previously theatrical shows will now be educational, mimicking natural behaviour "It's a new product, declares the park, reiterating SeaWorlds announcement, far removed from the 'Blackfish' effect. It is about listening to the public's desire to be entertained whilst learning at the same time". But by learning what? That orcas swim in groups of four, when in fact orca communities in the wild have up to two hundred members? That they hunt herrings together, when a fish would die within five minutes in the pool's chlorinated water? How can we imitate 'natural behaviour' in a concrete tank surrounded by stands?

Nothing changes

If they are really inspired by SeaWorld, they should also stop orca breeding programmes, as the American group has just announced to be doing. Artificial insemination based reproduction causes terrible suffering to the mothers who lose many babies and are often separated from them when they do survive. Marineland could go one step further in reinstating the orcas into marine sanctuaries. For one thing is certain, whatever the staging or the musical scores for this "new product", it will be performed by captive orcas. For them, educational or not, the show will always be their breadwinner, their drill in the prison court. And after the show: suffering, boredom and confinement. Nothing changes.

What does the future hold for the Antibes orcas?

Captive cetaceans die young. Up to now, the media does not seem affected by the numerous deaths in just one year, nor by the psychological situation and the strange "community" of orcas reduced to one female in charge of two youngsters and her deformed brother. However, if nothing is done, our four orcas will die young at the end of a grim, medicalised and meaningless life … The phasing out of theatrical orca shows by SeaWorld has sent a strong message, this slavery has reached its end! It is now time to repatriate the Antibes survivors to a marine sanctuary in Iceland, with the other inmates from SeaWorld. One Voice is ready to support this project. Let's join forces for their survival and freedom! 

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In the subject

Moana has just died in the chlorinated Marineland prison, the only place he has seen in his twelve years of life. One Voice is going to court again Orcas at Marineland: One Voice has succeeded in having an independent expert assessment arranged!

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Louve | Tuesday 05 October 2021

Les orques sont mal logées, leurs espaces sont petits, leurs bassins côté hygiène ne sont pas nettoyés. Pourtant, avec tout l'argent que ce parc prend, ils pourraient nettoyer. C'est honteux! Ces animaux marins doivent vivre hors du parc ainsi que les dauphins qui doivent vivre dans leurs espaces naturels .

Lilou | Tuesday 22 August 2017

Que de tristesse et de souffrance l'humain est vraiment pourri ; tant que des abrutis emmèneront leurs enfants dans ces mouroirs rien ne changera ; vous ne savez pas quoi faire ? Prenez un pique nique et baladez vous en forêt, laissez ces pauvres animaux tranquille, ils méritent de finir leurs jours dans un sanctuaire à l'abri de vos cris

Fuseebxl | Sunday 03 July 2016

Quel spectacle désolant! Ces animaux en captivité c'est du n'importe quoi. Leur place est en liberté et pas confinés dans des bassins en béton avec pour seule distraction d'amuser un public abruti!

Nicette | Tuesday 19 April 2016

On sait très bien que Marineland Antibes
lançait son nouveau programme .
Pourquoi ne pas libérer ces pauvres orques ?
Tout ça, c'est une question d'argent.
Il faudrait faire un dépliant expliquant le sort des orques.
Je suis pour la liberté des orques, j'espère qu'un jour ils seront vraiment libres.
J'ai vraiment de la peine pour eux .
Ils ont pris leur liberté et leur vie.

Il faut tout simplement que les personnes n'aillent plus voir des spectacles d'orques
Ça fera perdre de l'argent à Marineland.

Exemple ce qui s'est passé aux États-Unis
Ils ont perdu beaucoup d'argent
Avec impatience de la loi qui va sortir en 2017