French Riviera never really cared
about a whale named Valentin
French Riviera never was prepared
against the storm that did him in
Halfway ‘round the world San Diego Seaworld
wanted to build bigger tanks
Couldn’t care less about Antibes muddy mess
and soon doomed to join their ranks
A Sting-ray has stung his last
Muddy bay approaching fast
Sea Turtle, Sand Shark
Lights out, darkened park
Complacency is what we’ve got
Orcas in the parking lot
Sea Lions you can’t see
Waters of turbidity
Stop the madness shut them down
Mighty orca’s not your clown
Write a letter, demonstrate
Stand outside of Seaworld’s gate
Their time is coming, they will fall
Free the orcas, free them all
The drama continues to unfold in Antibes France, at Marineland, largest marine park in Europe. The park owners ignored the warning in 2011 when they were hit by a major flood, and re-built the park, even adding new buildings that served to funnel the storm surge waters in from the ocean when the hurricane hit last week. The entire park was inundated, with 90% mortality being reported by activists fighting their way around a total press blackout.
Wilkie and Keijo in 2014:
Valentin has already died in a tank of filth and mud, and now there are unconfirmed reports that keijo has died as well, with Wilkie’s condition deteriorating. According to french activists, the crane pictured was rented and is being used to move the orca bodies to a secret location for low-key necropsies.
Obviously this was a preventable tragedy, and a crime against nature, and it has grave implications for the Seaworld tank expansion in San Diego. How could Seaworld San Diego protect their captive orcas from such a storm driven surge? The answer is simple- they couldn’t.
Stand by for updates.
love and respect
RIP Valentin, Freya, Keijo