Valentin's body was too big to hide
Update: Responding to demands by animal protection organizations, including Friends of Animals, an inspection of Marineland by the Direction départementale de la protection des populations (DDPP, préfecture Alpes-Maritimes) hours ago, revealed hydrocarbon pollution in the orca tanks. The water analysis results contradict announcements by Marineland's public relations department, which insists that the "water is now clean and the filters are working."
Scrambling to do public relations damage control, the Groupe Parques Reunidos Europe fired Bernard Giampolo, its director of Marineland in Antibes, France today, following the controversial death of Valentin, a 19 year-old orca. Mr. Giampolo leaves his post at Marineland after nine years. Jesus Fernandez Moran, director of Parques Reunidos Europe, will take over as interim director of Marineland, Antibes on November 2.
Pressure from the animal protection movement is mounting on social media. A protest organized by Sans Voix PACA is scheduled for October 25 outside the troubled marine park.