Valentin was sometimes medicated to curb aggressive tendencies toward trainers and other orcas, claims Lott. In fact, Hargrove says he gave drugs to Val "to suppress his testosterone levels when we swam with him because management was so fearful of an aggression by a sexually mature male, despite my protests against it."
Eventually, Hargrove claims, "we stopped, because the medication affected his mental state so greatly." Although the claims of drug administration can't be independently verified by The Dodo, this isn't entirely uncommon: Trainers at SeaWorld, for example, have admitted in court documents to administering drugs such as benzodiazepines to orcas in captivity.
Meanwhile, concern grows for the remaining orcas at Marineland. "[There is] speculation that a 2-year-old male, Keijo, was spending a lot of time at the bottom of the tank in the aftermath of the flood," Lott says.
Another orca, named Wikie, is also living in compromised conditions at the park, according to a Facebook post by Sea Shepherd France. According to a Facebook translation of Dauphins libres and dauphins captifs, the 14-year-old orca has stopped eating and her condition "is deteriorating by the hour." (This information could not be independently verified by The Dodo.)