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Many of you may remember the Russian orca Narnia (suspected to be transient), captured from the Okhotsk Sea in 2012. She was kept in a sea pen for two years while more orcas were taken captive from Russian waters, the total of which is unknown (though there are at least seven). Two orcas were taken to the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in Hong Kong, China, but no recent pictures or information has come out on them – we don’t even know if they are still alive. Meanwhile, Narnia was moved to a warehouse with another male named Nord (meaning “north” in Russian), who is about the same age as her. They have been trained to take fish from trainers, and even SeaWorld from the U.S. is assisting in teaching them show tricks. To me, it only looks like a matter of time before they’re importing the poor whales. Just recently, Narnia and Nord were finally moved to their permanent residence in the All-Russian Exhibition Centre in Moscow (bottom photo). A recent video put out by the aquarium shows the two whales joined by a third orca nicknamed Malishka (meaning “little one” in Russian), who reports say was transferred from the Sochi Dolphinarium. Malishka (who will soon be performing under the name Juliet) is smaller than her tank mates, estimated to be around four years old. She has taken to swimming beside Narnia (shown in the top photo), “adopting” her as her surrogate mother. It is heartbreaking to me to see these three orcas in these conditions. Wild captures have not ended. All the orcas taken from Russian waters in the past years have been stripped of the only home and freedom they’ve ever known. Especially seeing Malishka and Narnia, both so young, depending on each other for companionship only solidifies how traumatized they must all be. No mothers, no families, no home.

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