Never-before-seen footage of orca whale captures has just been released by a former orca hunter. On Anderson Cooper's "AC360," Jeff Foster, who now works on projects to rescue whales, shared footage of himself and others capturing young orcas off the coast of Iceland.
See the capture footage here.
Foster, who captured "a couple dozen" orcas from 1972 to 1990, told CNN that orcas are one of the most expensive animals in the world, besides a racehorse. He said that over time he became more unhappy with capturing the animals for display in marine parks like SeaWorld.
"They cry just like a baby's crying," said Foster. "It tugged at your heart."
Several of the whales at SeaWorld were captured in the waters off Iceland, including Tilikum, the infamous whale who was involved in the deaths of three people. He was captured in Berufjörður off the east coast of Iceland in 1983, when he was two years old. A female orca named Katina, now living at SeaWorld Orlando, a male named Ulises at SeaWorld San Diego and a female named Kiska at Marineland in Canada were all captured in Iceland as well. Other Icelandic whales live at the Port of Nagoya Aquarium in Japan.