Update on death of Skyla

image courtesy Marine Connection

Loro Parque has released their statement following the necropsy on Skyla which was undertaken by cetacean pathologists from the University of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.

The cause of death is said to have been intestinal torsion, which was inoperable leading to acute septicemia, which would have led to her showing signs of suffering for several days prior to her death.

Skyla the orca has died at Loro Parque

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Loro Parque has reported on the death of 17-year old female orca, Skyla.

The young orca started showing some signs of discomfort a couple of days ago and died on 11 March at the facility.  Having been brought to Spain from the SeaWorld USA in 2006, and before the arrival of Morgan from Harderwijk and the birth of her daughter Ula two years ago, Skyla was the youngest of the orcas at the park.    Her death follows just four years after that of her father Tilikum, who died at SeaWorld, Orlando in January 2017.

Flemish Minister pushes for decision on ending dolphin captivity

Flemish Minister of Animal Welfare, Ben Weyts expects to come to a decision by next year on the keeping of dolphins in Belgium, if passed, this would result in the closure of Boudewijn Sea Park, the only facility in Belgium holding captive dolphins.

In August last year, Victoria Austraet, Member of the Brussels Parliament initially requested the government consider a ban be put in place to end the keeping of dolphins in captivity.  Dolphinaira-Free Europe wrote to both Ms Austraet and Bernard Clerfayt, Minister for Animal Welfare in Brussels region, adding our support and are therefore delighted to learn that Minister Weyts is pushing for a decision to be made on this issue.

Joint letter regarding porpoises at Fjord & Baelt, Denmark

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As part of DFE’s ongoing efforts to address the issue of wild-caught harbour porpoises being held at Danish facility Fjord & Baelt for research purposes, a joint letter from Dolphinaria-Free Europe (DFE),  and our member organisation World Animal Protection (WAP) Denmark, has been sent to Lea Wermelin, the Danish Minister for the Environment, and Rasmus Prehn, Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, asking for an independent assessment to be undertaken of the two most recently acquired harbour porpoises at the facility to determine their suitability for a careful, monitored release back into the wild.

It is our belief that keeping porpoises for the purpose of research is not a valid reason to hold them captive. We are therefore asking for an end to granting exemption permits to Fjord & Baelt that legally authorise them to retain bycaught harbour porpoises. We are also asking the authorities to prohibit any future retention of ‘rescued’ or ‘bycaught’ porpoises at Fjord & Baelt.

Joint letter (English)
Joint letter (Danish)
Media Release

Parc Astérix transfer seven dolphins to other facilities in Europe

The theme park has confirmed that along with two of its dolphins recently moved to Kölmarden Wildlife Park, Sweden, three dolphins have now been transported to Oceanografic in Valencia, Spain and two others to Mundomar in Benidorm, Spain.

On the advice of vets, the female dolphin named Femke has however been euthanized.  She had been suffering from Cushing’s syndrome for a number of years and, according to CEO Nicolas Kremer, Femke was too ill to be moved to Planète Sauvage park in France as planned.

DFE open letter to CEO Park Asterix

Femke, Parc Asterix courtesy One Voice

Further to our previous report regarding the transfer of male dolphins, Guama and Cessol sent from Parc Astérix to Kolmården Wildlife Park in Sweden on Saturday 23 January 2021,  Dolphinaria-Free Europe has today written to CEO Nicolas Kremer, regarding this transfer and also plans for the future of their other dolphins at Parc Astérix, including Femke whose health is giving us cause for concern.

Our open letter can be read here:
English version
French version