Hugo: The killer whale that beat his head to death in the tank he had inhabited for 10 years

Miami.- Kiska has not been the only killer whale in history that has hit its head against the tank it inhabits, but it does remind us of the tragic history Hugo, an orca who lived in Miami after being captured at the age of three and who would take his own life at 15 after hitting himself violently against a wall.

After performing an autopsy on Hugo’s body, specialists discovered that he suffered brain aneurysm and accumulation of blood in the brain after hitting the edge of the residue so hard so repeatedly, and to date it is a case cited by activists seeking to show that animals of its kind should not be in marine parks.

Lolita was Hugo’s partner in the Miami Seaquarium In Florida, who is still there 50 years after his arrival as the second oldest whale in captivity and in solitude since Hugo’s death on March 4, 1980, they are currently in legal battles for the release of the killer whale.

Hugo’s story began in the waters of Vaughan Bay off the coast of Washington when he was three years old and where he was captured by hunters, he was transferred to the Seaquarium about 3,000 miles away from where he was found, there it was kept in a small pool for two years until the construction of “The Whale Bowl” enclosure.

Hugo: The killer whale that beat his head to death in Miami

After spending so much time in isolation, Hugo’s demeanor deteriorated, he became aggressive against his trainers by shoving them with his head and biting them, he also began to self-injure while striking against the side of his tank.

“When I fed Hugo, his tail was at the bottom and his head was completely above the water.”said Richard O’Barry, founder of the Dolphin Project, a former animal trainer “It was pathetic, they wanted me to train him. I refused and left in disgust.”.

Among the injuries he performed on himself, Hugo broke the tip of his nose, it was an inch and a half that was left with a flap of skin, which had to be surgically replaced.

Hugo’s death came after repeated blows, many activists call his end a “suicide.”

The body of the 10,000-pound killer whale was removed by a harness and crane, while the report writes that Hugo’s movements slowed in the weeks leading up to his death.

Hugo: The killer whale that beat his head to death in Miami

Do killer whales injure themselves?

According to reports from specialists, orcas in the wild have displayed self-destructive behaviors, such as those manifested by Morgan, the captive orca who ended up stranded on a concrete slab for 10 minutes and who, it was suggested, was trying to kill herself, after presenting the Same muzzle injuries as Hugo.

“If you have evolved to move great distances in search of food and a mate, then you are adapted to that type of movement, whether you are a polar bear, an elephant or a killer whale” said Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist at the Animal Welfare Institute, a nonprofit organization, emphasizing that because of their size and intelligence, orcas do not do well when kept indoors and that no marine mammal is adapted. to thrive in a concrete box

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The main self-destructive actions in this type of animals were studied in 2017 where it was discovered that 25 percent of all orcas in captivity have severe tooth damage and 70 percent have at least some tooth problems, this due to They grind their teeth into the tank walls to the point that the nerves are exposed, leaving them with open and open cavities.


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