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‘Heartbreaking’ Footage of Orca Training in Iceland

Never-before-seen footage of an orca (or killer whale) training camp in Iceland in the 1980s, described as “disturbing” and “heartbreaking,” was broadcast for the first time on CNN last week. The whales were captured and trained for SeaWorld and other marine parks.

U.S. marine biologist Jeff Foster, who took the images, also led the hunting and training of the orcas. He is now against such treatment of animals and campaigns for their release, as reported on takepart.com.

The training camp was based at the Hafnarfjörður aquarium and zoo, which was in operation from 1969 to 1987. The capturing of orcas off the coast of Iceland and their training before they were transferred to marine parks overseas was an important part of its income, visir.is reports.

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