Tragic Death Of Orca 'Valentin' In Muddy Tank Waters At Marineland Antibes, France Is International News
"The captive industry insists that killer whales get the highest standard of care, and that the whales are safer in tanks than they would be in the ocean (where dangerous things like sharks lurk). Repeatedly we are told that the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums are self-monitoring organizations that ensure that orcas are kept in standards that meet or accede government regulations – yet there were no backup measures in place at Marineland even though the park has been flooded and closed in the past."
Read more: http://blog.seattlepi.com/candacewhiting/2015/10/12/killer-whale-dies-following-the-muddy-disaster-at-marineland/
Code Animal in France have written a blog about Valentin's life and death. They have also released a video of Valentin displaying stereotypic behaviour at Marineland Antibes, recorded by the organisation when they visited the park on August of this year.
You can read the blog (French) & watch the video here: http://www.code-animal.com/valentin-1996-2015/
The BBC have also released an article about Valentin's death and the horrific situation in France that still continues for the remaining orcas: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/34515872/french-water-park-marineland-criticised-after-killer-whale-dies