"Junior was a young male Icelandic orca that was captured (I believe around the same time as Keiko). But although Junior was "for sale" no buyer was found.
Orcas that fail to “adapt” to captive conditions, or otherwise find themselves “surpuls to requirements” are often kept in a back-pen until and unless a buyer can be found. Instead of rehabilitating and letting Junior go home to his family, or even putting him in a sea-pen, Junior was forced to live out the rest of his short life languishing in solitary confinement, without fresh air or daylight, forced to endure the almost constant noise of overhead fans, and in a holding tank that would make even Lolita’s look massive.
Marineland denied his very existence, although he was filmed in the warehouse on at least two occasions.
When he died in the summer of 1994, aged 13 years old, he was reportedly lethargic and psychotic.
Juniors case makes me especially angry, they didn’t just kill that poor orca, they destroyed him, until the poor thing was virtually catatonic. ” — Caroline Cogger