Welcome Green Monsters! We're your online guide to making conscious choices that help people, animals and the planet.
Download food monster: the biggest, baddest, yummiest vegan food app!



Buzz Petition

It is common knowledge that orcas are remarkably intelligent creatures with astonishingly complex communication skills and a strong sense of family and community. Recently, scientists from France released findings from a study that showed how orcas have the ability to mimic human speech, reiterating words like “hello,” “one, two,” and “bye bye.” However, there is no proof from the study that shows that orcas understand the words they are mimicking.

Wilkie is a fourteen-year-old female orca who was used in the experiment. Although the study’s findings revealed something interesting about orcas, the research was conducted on a captive orca who is deprived of the basic necessities of wild orcas, like being kept in a small enclosure rather than swimming wide expanses of ocean with her family pod.

A petition has been set up on Care2 to demand freedom for Wilkie who is being held at Marineland Antibes. The petition’s author points out that to learn more about orcas, scientists should be focusing on humane non-disruptive research on wild orcas, not captive ones. The petition also points out the irony that the study proves yet again how intelligent orcas are, yet they keep Wilkie captive, which undoubtedly adds tremendous stress to the intelligent and emotionally complex whale.

If you would like to see Wilkie live a life free from experimentation in captivity, please take a moment to sign the petition.

There can be great power in public opinion, so please make sure to share this with your network to increase support for Wilkie!

Buzz Petition

Image Source: Pixabay

Want to read more posts like this? Sign up for our newsletter below!​

Browse through some recent posts below:

Taiwan to Ban All Single-Use Plastics by 2030!

Cat Who Spent 2 Years Locked in a Pet Carrier Looks Totally Different Thanks to Rescuers (PHOTOS)

Richard Branson Pens Urgent Call to Action to Protect the Last Remaining Orangutans From Conflict Palm Oil

The Future of Food Is Vegan! Report Finds 39% of Consumers Across Europe Opt for Plant-Based Products

Disclosure: One Green Planet accepts advertising, sponsorship, affiliate links and other forms of compensation, which may or may not influence the advertising content, topics or articles written on this site. Click here for more information.

0 comments on “Help Free the Captive Orca Scientists Taught to Imitate Human Speech!”

Click to add comment
16 Days ago


17 Days ago

Hopefully, this orca will say in perfect, well enunciated English to his captors f... off!


Subscribe to our Newsletter

Follow us on

Do Not Show This Again


Submit to OneGreenPlanet

Terms & Conditions ×