Six Flags Marine World
2001 Marine World Parkway, Vallejo, CA 94589
SHOUKA'S SAD STORY
Shouka, an 11-year-old female orca, was taken from her family in France in May 2002 (Shouka was born in captivity. She was purchased by Six Flags and shipped to an amusement park in Ohio,where she has lived in solitary confinement in a tank for nearly two years. Now Marine World has brought her to Vallejo where her sad story continues. Orcas are highly social with strong family bonds. (In the wild, female orcas stay with their mothers for life.
Solitary confinement for an orca is a death sentence. By keeping her alone and away from her family (mother, siblings), Marine World is condemning Shouka to the same fate as other orcas at
the park - including Yaka and Vigga - who died prematurely in the park - tanks in 1997 and 2000 respectively. In the wild, orcas can swim 40 to 100 miles a day in the open sea. At Marine World, Shouka will spend her life in a small concrete, chlorinated pool that does not come close to a natural
MARINE WORLD HISTORY OF KILLING ORCAS & DOLPHINS
Since Six Flags bought Marine World in 1997 more than 28 animals have died - including two orcas (Vigga and Yaka, who died in their 20s), five elephants, two dolphins, and a dozen kangaroos and wallabies.
Current research shows that wild orcas live from 50-90 years. But Six Flags will never tell you this. Six orcas have died prematurely under Marine World's care. The death toll at the park totals six orcas and 39 dolphins, including at least 13 babies.