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AWFUL! Footage Shows Stressed SeaWorld Orca Banging Head Over And Over Against Enclosure!

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This is so infuriating!

An orca (AKA killer whale) at an aquatic attraction in the Canary Islands was captured on video in distress, banging its head against the enclosure as it tried to escape its small confinement.

Ric O'Barry's organization, Dolphin Project, captured the video (above) at Loro Parque, an attraction in the Spanish island territory just off the coast of Africa, and it shows some distressing moments.

Related: Blackfish's Documentary Subject Is Dying!

The attraction apparently has six orca whales on premises, all of which are owned by SeaWorld. Four were sent there to breed, while one was born at the park, and the sixth was rescued from the wild.

It's that sixth whale — named Morgan — that O'Barry's activists believe is the one banging its head against the enclosure wall in the video.

Activists contend that she is stressed and scared in her enclosure, with one citing a study that observed her having trouble with a larger, more aggressive male orca that is affecting her quality of life:

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SeaWorld Is Going To STOP Breeding Killer Whales — Sea Their Announcement About A 'New Direction'!

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There has been a lot of pressure put on SeaWorld for its questionable treatment of its animals — particularly after the release of the hit documentary Blackfish.

After the declining health of famous orca Tilikum, the popular animal park has finally decided to cave to protestors.

SeaWorld announced Thursday morning they will end their killer whale breeding program and take a "new direction".

Related: Salma Hayek Thanks Fans After The Shocking Shooting Of Her 'Beloved' Dog

The 24 orcas that are spread out across three theme parks will ultimately be the final generation of killer whales kept in captivity.

The company released a statement saying:

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SeaWorld's Famous Killer Whale Tilikum — Subject Of The Documentary Blackfish — Is Dying!

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This breaks our heart!

SeaWorld has announced one of the park's most popular killer whales is close to death.

On Tuesday, representatives from the marine park say Tilikum — the whale who was the subject of CNN's documentary Blackfish — has a bad bacterial infection.

Related: Endangered Baby Dolphin Killed After Tourists Passed It Around For Selfies

Over the past few weeks, the Orca has become "resistant to treatment" for a possible infection in his lungs, and has exhibited increasingly "lethargic" behavior.

The park issued the following statement about Tilikum's health:

"We are saddened to report that over the past few weeks, Tilikum's behavior has become increasingly lethargic, and the SeaWorld veterinary and animal care teams are concerned that his health is beginning to deteriorate. The suspected bacteria is very resistant to treatment and a cure for his illness has not been found."

The roughly 35-year-old animal has lived at SeaWorld for 23 years, captured from his wild family when he was just two years old.

Related: SeaWorld Is Finally Phasing Out Their Orca Shows!

During his captivity, the whale has been involved in at least three human deaths — including the 2010 death of park trainer Dawn Brancheau, who one day was pulled into the water by Tilikum and aggressively played with until she died.

After Dawn's death, Tilikum was isolated from the rest of the whales, but kept at the center of SeaWorld's artificial insemination program — he's fathered 21 of the park's calves, only half of which are still alive today.

Though it sounds like the orca won't make it, some have not given up hope.

Check out the video (below) to hear SeaWorld's medical experts discuss Tilikum's treatment:

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SeaWorld Is Finally Phasing Out Their Orca Shows! But Was This Their Decision Or The Law Forcing Their Hand..?

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Finally!

According to an investor's webcast that took place on Monday afternoon, SeaWorld is phasing out their orca shows at their San Diego location after guests responded strongly over the past several years.

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An unnamed park representative, speaking on the webcast for investors, said of the decision to cut back on the park's killer whale shows:

"The main point is we are listening to our guests. We are evolving as a company, we are always changing."

While the park can say they are listening to their guests, this news may actually be in direct response to recent changes of the law in California.

Congressman Adam Schiff recently announced that he's going to introduce

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Watch Chris Hemsworth Take On The Scariest Whale Ever In The New Trailer For In The Heart Of The Sea!

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If you think sharks should be the most feared beasts in the ocean, you haven't seen the trailer for In the Heart of the Sea!

The Ron Howard epic recounts the story that inspired Herman Melville's Moby Dick — and features a whale that will probably make you reevaluate movie monsters!

Chris Hemsworth plays one of the crew members of a ship that was sunk by a large bull sperm whale.

Photos: Chris Hemsworth Is The Hottest Nerd EVER In This Ghostbusters Pic!

The crew is then forced to survive on the open ocean for 90 days, and tries to take on the swimming beast that sunk their ship!

Check out the newest trailer (above) and go see In the Heart of the Sea in theaters December 11!

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Drew Barrymore Loves The Smell Of Whale Vomit! Quote Of The Day!

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"When a whale would eat squid, I believe they would digest [it] in the whale's stomach, and the whale would throw it up out and everything that was in his stomach to break down the squid. It has this most potent, amazing, knee-buckling scent to women. I became voracious, I was like, 'I want it! I need more!' I kept grabbing it and smelling it like a little piglet."

- Drew Barrymore, on her love of perfume ingredient ambergris, AKA whale vomit.

[ Note: The scent of ambergris is now copied molecularly to safely remove whales from the equation. Yay science! ]

[Image via Dave Bedrosian/Future Image/WENN.]

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This Guy Thought It Would Be A Good Idea To Surf On Top Of A Dead Whale! Until He Was Almost Eaten By Sharks!

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Harrison Williams learned about the dangers of dead whale 'surfing' the hard way!

Well here's something you certainly don't hear everyday!

Harrison Williams has always had a flair for the extreme, but he took things to a whole new level with his latest "stunt" this weekend when he decided to climb onto a dead whale carcass!

On Saturday afternoon, the Quinns Rocks, Australia native was out on a boat with a few of his buddies when he spotted the dead whale and thought it would be funny to "surf" on it!

The only problem (other than the fact that this is TOTALLY disgusting) is once he mounted the whale, he noticed he was completely surrounded by tiger sharks looking for a meal!

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