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A baby orca born in captivity at the Moskvarium facility in Russia has died. The mother Naya, an eleven-year-old captive female gave birth in December, but the baby died after just a few weeks. 

Naya was captured very young in Russian waters and brought to Moscow with two other young orcas - Nord and Narnia. The two died shortly after each other last year . After the death of her baby, Naya is now the only remaining orca in captivity in Russia.

Another 15 orcas captured in Russian waters in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk between 2013 and 2016 have been sold to China where the captivity for entertainment industry is booming. Of the more than 3,600 whales and dolphins currently kept in captivity worldwide, over 1,000 individuals are in over 80 dolphinariums in China. Further facilities are being planned or are currently being built. WDC is committed as a member of the China Cetacean Alliance , together with other NGOs and local partners, to provide educational work and, in the long term, to stop the growth of dolphinaria in the country.

Orcas have been kept in captivity since 1961. They are the defenceless victims of a cruel industry that is responsible for dozens being taken from their families in the wild and condemned to a life in tiny tanks with artificially assembled groups.

Learn more about captivity for orcas here.