Marineland Teaching Orca to ‘Speak’ Only Highlights the Cruelty of Captivity

Wikie the orca made international waves last week week when the world heard her successfully mimicking human speech. Marineland – the amusement park in Antibes, France where 16-year-old Wikie lives – announced the news with a splash that got the whole world talking, too. Wikie’s big reveal was the result of a paper published last week in Proceedings of the Royal Society B detailing the findings of a group of researchers who had been working with Wikie to study the importance of social learning for orcas. In this recording published by The Guardian, Wikie can be heard saying “hello,”...

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