Marineland, Antibes has just announced the death of the 19 year old male orca, Valentin. It was reported last week that the French park was devastated by torrential floods and the tanks holding the orcas were polluted with the muddy flood waters. Electrical supplies in the area were also affected and WDC understands that the park will now remain closed until next year.
Valentin’s mother, Freya, a wild-caught Icelandic orca died at the park in June aged approx. 33 years.
Valentin in captivity. Photo © Anne-Sophie Ring