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Killer Whale Might be Released off Iceland’s Shores

The Icelandic Ministry of Fisheries has received a request to release a killer whale (orca) into the ocean off the coast of Iceland, mbl.is reports.

killer_whales_video_screenshot_oliver_gelisonA screenshot from a video of killer whales off West Iceland by Oliver Gelison.

Icelandic whale specialist Gísli Víkingsson confirms that last summer he declined an invitation to participate in the project.

The killer whale in question is most likely Tilikum, an animal that has been used in shows in marine amusement parks Sealand in British Columbia, Canada, and Seaworld, Orlando, USA.

The Ministry of Fisheries has yet to address the request.

Tilikum was captured off the shores of Iceland in 1983, at the age of two, before being transferred to Canada. There he was trained to perform tricks in front of a large number of Sealand’s audiences.

During its thirty years in captivity, the animal has caused the deaths of three people.

Fifteen years have passed since the famous killer whale Keiko was returned to Iceland and released into the open seas in 2002.

Related:

01.03.2010 | Killer Whale to Return to Iceland?

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