|PHOTO BY TED TRAVER|
While we are on the subject of the Marineland billboard located at the intersection of Fallsview Blvd. and Main St. in the city of Niagara Falls, you'll notice a little false advertising. The billboard shows three orcas while Marineland hasn't had that many Killer Whales in years. Kiska is the last remaining orca at Marineland and the highly social orca has been alone for almost two years. Her longtime tank mate Nootka died in 2008 and in 2011 Seaworld repossessed their orca Ikaika after terminating a breeding loan and fighting Marineland in a lengthy court battle.
Not only does the billboard mislead people about the animal attractions at the park but a closer inspection shows it is in decrepit condition. The orcas, presumably made of some kind of metal are rusting and have peeling paint. They appear to be precariously attached to the billboard with loose or missing bolts and feature holes near their attachments. It seems like a severe gust of wind could send those fictitious orcas falling into the busy intersection and traffic. Ironically the dilapidated condition of the billboard accurately reflects the conditions tourists might encounter when visiting the park itself.