The deadly history of captive killer whales

Current number of known orcas that died in captivity: 167



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sorted by date of death
Name Mother Sex Origin Aquarium Capt./Born Died Time in captivity
1960<
Wanda ? F CA, USA Marineland California 1961/11/18 1961/11/20 2 days
Moby Doll J pod M WA, USA Vancouver Aquarium 1964/7/16 1964/10/9 3 months
Namu / C11 C5? M BC, Canada Seattle Marine Aquarium, WA 1965/6/23 1966/7/9 1 year
Katy K pod F WA, USA Seattle Marine Aquarium, WA 1967/2/15 1967/5 3 months
no name Kianu ? captivity Marine World California 1968 1968 stillbirth
Bonnie A5 pod? F BC, Canada Marine World California 1968/4 1968/7/30 3 months
no name Bonnie ? captivity Marine World California 1968/7/30 1968/7/30 stillbirth
Lupa ? F WA, USA New York Aquarium 1968/2 1968/9/6 7 months
Tula ? M BC, Canada Dolfinarium Harderwijck, Netherlands 1968/7 1968/10 3 months
Natsidalia A5 pod? F BC, Canada Vancouver Aquarium 1968/4 1968/11 7 months
Orky I11 pod M BC, Canada Marineland California 1967/7/29 1969/7 2 years
no name ? F WA, USA Seattle Marine Aquarium, WA 1969/4 1969? ?
1970<
Scarredjaw Cow / T3 T? F BC, Canada Sealand Victoria, BC 1970/3/1 1970/5/5 2 months
Ramu 2 ? M WA, USA Marineland Australia 1969/4 1970/5/21 1 year
Calypso A25? F BC, Canada Marineland Antibes, France 1969/12/12 1970/12 1 year
Corky A5 pod? F BC, Canada Marineland California 1968/4 1970/12 2,5 years
no name ? ? WA, USA Seattle Marine Aquarium, WA 1970/2 1970? ?
Lil' Nooka J, K or L pod M WA, USA Sea-Arama Texas 1970/8/8 1971/3 7 months
Kandu K pod F WA, USA SeaWorld California 1967/2/15 1971/2/3 4 years
Ramu 4 J, K or L pod M WA, USA Marineland Australia 1970/8/8 1971/8 1 year
Patches A25? F BC, Canada Marineland California 1969/12/12 1971/8 1,5 years
Shamu J, K or L pod F WA, USA SeaWorld California 1965/10/31 1971/8/29 6 years
Wally / Whale J, K or L pod F WA, USA Munich, Germany 1970/8/8 1971/10/4 1 year
Kenny A25? M BC, Canada Marineland California 1969/12/12 1972/5/20 2,5 years
Zero ? F Japan Kamogawa Sea World, Japan 1972/8 1972/9 15 days
Chimo / T4 T3? F BC, Canada Sealand Victoria, BC 1970/3/1 1972/11/2 2,5 years
no name ? M WA, USA Seattle Marine Aquarium, WA 1971/11 1972? ?
no name ? M WA, USA Seattle Marine Aquarium, WA 1971/11 1972? ?
Clovis J, K or L pod M WA, USA Marineland Antibes, France 1970/8/8 1973/2 2,5 years
Kandy L pod F WA, USA Marineland Ontario 1973/8 1973/11/16 3 months
Ahab J or L pod M WA, USA US Navy, Hawaii 1968/10/15 1974 5,5 years
Frankie L pod M WA, USA SeaWorld California 1973/8 1974/1/29 5 months
Cuddles J or L pod M WA, USA Dudley Zoo, Great Britain 1968/10/15 1974/2/6 5,5 years
Chappy J, K or L pod F WA, USA Kamogawa Sea World, Japan 1970/8/8 1974/4 3,5 years
Nootka 2 K pod F WA, USA Sealand Victoria, BC 1973/8 1974/5/1 9 months
Mamuk J or L pod M WA, USA Sea-Arama Texas 1968/10/15 1974/6/14 5,5 years
Jumbo J, K or L pod M WA, USA Kamogawa Sea World, Japan 1970/8/8 1974/7 4 years
Canuck / J24 J pod M WA, USA SeaWorld Florida 1972/3/12 1974/12/1 2,5 years
Kandu 3 L pod F WA, USA SeaWorld Florida 1971/8 1975/6 4 years
Nootka 3 T? F BC, Canada Sealand Victoria, BC 1975/8/16 1976/5 9 months
no name Corky 2 M captivity Marineland California 1977/2/28 1977/3/16 18 days
Kona L pod F WA, USA SeaWorld California 1971/8 1977/9/28 6 years
Sandy ? F WA, USA SeaWorld Florida 1973/3 1977/10/22 4,5 years
Magnus ? M Iceland Dolfinarium Harderwijck, Netherlands 1977/10/12 1977/12/18 2 months
Kilroy K pod M WA, USA SeaWorld California 1967/2/15 1978/9/23 11,5 years
Spooky Corky 2 M captivity Marineland California 1978/10/31 1978/11/10 11 days
no name ? M Japan Taiji Whaling Museum, Japan 1978/12 1978/12 5 days
no name ? F Iceland Saedyrasafnid, Iceland 1978/11 1979/2 3 months
no name ? M Iceland Saedyrasafnid, Iceland 1978/10/26 1979/2 4 months
no name ? ? captivity Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1979/3 1979/3 stillbirth
no name ? F Japan Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1979/2/26 1979/3 1 month
no name ? F Japan Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1979/2/26 1979/4 2 months
Chi ? F Japan Taiji Whaling Museum, Japan 1979/2/26 1979/6 4 months
Surfer Girl ? F CA, USA Marine World California 1979/5/26 1979/6/3 9 days
Shawn? ? F Iceland SeaWorld California 1978/10/26 1979/9/3 1 year
Kandu 2 L pod M WA, USA Marineland Ontario 1971/8 1979/10 8 years
1980<
no name ? F Iceland Marineland Ontario 1979/11 1980/1 3 months
Hugo ? M WA, USA Miami Seaquarium, FL 1968/2 1980/3/4 12 years
no name Corky 2 ? captivity Marineland California 1980/4/1 1980/4/1 stillbirth
Kianu / Clyde A5 pod? F BC, Canada Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1968/4 1980/6 12 years
Nepo A25? M BC, Canada Marine World California 1969/12/12 1980/7/10 10,5 years
Skana / Walter K pod F WA, USA Vancouver Aquarium 1967/2/15 1980/10/5 13,5 years
Canuck 2 ? M Iceland SeaWorld California 1977/10/12 1981/8/2 4 years
no name ? M Iceland Clacton Pier, Great Britain 1981/10 1981/12 2 months
Miracle ? F WA, USA Sealand Victoria, BC 1977/8/9 1982/1 4,5 years
Ramu K pod M WA, USA SeaWorld Florida 1967/2/15 1982/1/12 15 years
no name Sacchi M captivity Enoshima Marineland, Japan 1982/5 1982/5 10 days
no name ? M Japan Taiji Whaling Museum, Japan 1982/2 1982/6 4 months
Tai ? M Japan Taiji Whaling Museum, Japan 1979/2/26 1982/6 3 years
Kim / Oum ? M Iceland Marineland Antibes, France 1976/10/25 1982/7/24 5,5 years
Kiva Corky 2 F captivity Marineland California 1982/6/16 1982/8/3 48 days
Haida J or L pod M WA, USA Sealand Victoria, BC 1968/10/15 1982/10/3 14 years
no name ? F Iceland Marineland Ontario 1981/10 1982? ?
Benkei 3 ? M Japan "private home", Japan 1982/2 1983/12 1,5 years
Dzul-ha / Shamu ? M Iceland Aquarama on Parade, Mexico 1979/7 1983 4 years
no name ? M Iceland Sealand Victoria, BC 1982/10 1983/5/29 8 months
Neptune ? M Iceland Clacton Pier, Great Britain 1981/10 1983/6 1,5 years
Benkei 2 / Ushiwaka ? M Iceland Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1980/10 1983/7 2,5 years
King ? M Iceland Kamogawa Sea World, Japan 1979/11 1983/10/4 4 years
Sacchi ? F Japan Enoshima Marineland, Japan 1982/2 1984/4 2 years
no name ? M Iceland Saedyrasafnid, Iceland 1984/11 1985/1 2 months
no name Corky 2 F captivity Marineland California 1985/7/22 1985/9/1 1 month
Baby Shamu 2 Kenau ? captivity SeaWorld California 1986/1/5 1986/1/16 11 days
no name Kandu 5 ? captivity SeaWorld California 1986/1/31 1986/1/31 stillbirth
no name ? F Japan fishermen group, Japan 1986/2 1986/4 2 months
Winston / Ramu J, K or L pod M WA, USA SeaWorld California 1970/8/8 1986/4/28 15,5 years
no name Corky 2 ? captivity Marineland California 1986/7/27 1986/7/27 miscarriage
Nemo ? M Iceland Windsor Safari Park, Great Britain 1981/10 1986/11/17 5 years
Caren / Calen ? F Iceland Kamogawa Sea World, Japan 1979/11 1987/5/4 7,5 years
no name Corky 2 ? captivity SeaWorld California 1987/8 1987/8 miscarriage
Betty ? F Iceland Marineland Antibes, France 1978/10/26 1987/9/8 9 years
Freyja / Patty ? F Iceland Kamogawa Sea World, Japan 1984/11 1987/9/16 3 years
no name Kona 2 ? captivity SeaWorld Florida 1987/10/15 1987/10/15 fetus found at necropsy of Kona 2
Kona 2 ? F Iceland SeaWorld Florida 1977/10/12 1987/10/15 10 years
Shachi ? F Japan Izu-Mito Sea Paradise, Japan 1986/2 1988/3 2 years
Nandu ? M Iceland Acuarama Sao Paulo, Brasil 1983/11/14 1988/3/2 4,5 years
Orky 2 A5 pod? M BC, Canada SeaWorld California 1968/4 1988/9/26 20 years
no name Bjossa F captivity Vancouver Aquarium 1988/11/13 1988/12/4 22 days
Benkei ? M Japan Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1979/2/26 1989/2 10 years
Kandu 5 ? F Iceland SeaWorld California 1977/10/12 1989/8/21 12 years
1990<
Nootka / Knootka / Newtka / T5 T2? F BC, Canada SeaWorld California 1970/3/1 1990/3/13 20 years
Kandu 4 / Kanduke / T9 T7? M BC, Canada SeaWorld Florida 1975/8/16 1990/9/20 15 years
no name Kahana ? captivity SeaWorld Texas 1990/11/6 1990/11/6 miscarriage
Hyak 2 / Tung-Jen Natsidalia M BC, Canada Vancouver Aquarium 1968/4 1991/2/16 23 years
Milagro ? M Argentina Mundo Marino, Buenos Aires 1985/8/8 1991/2/10 5,5 years
no name Freya ? captivity Marineland Antibes, France 1991/3/3 1991/3/3 stillbirth
Kahana ? F Iceland SeaWorld Texas 1978/10/26 1991/5/14 12,5 years
Prince / Bubba ? M Iceland Ocean Park, Hongkong 1987/10 1991/7 4 years
Kenau ? F Iceland SeaWorld Florida 1976/10/25 1991/8/6 15 years
no name Kenau M captivity SeaWorld Florida 1991/8/6 1991/8/6 Kenau dies during 12th month of pregnancy
K'yosha Bjossa F captivity Vancouver Aquarium 1991/9/30 1992/1/4 96 days
no name Nootka 4 M captivity Sealand Victoria, BC 1992/2/4 1992/3/9 33 days
no name Samoa F captivity SeaWorld Texas 1992/3/14 1992/3/14 stillbirth (Samoa dies during labor of near full-term fetus)
Samoa ? F Iceland SeaWorld Texas 1983/11/14 1992/3/14 8,5 years
"Father of Kshamenk" ? M Argentina Mundo Marino, Buenos Aires 1992/9/17 1992/9/17 1 day
no name Kiska M captivity Marineland Ontario 1992/8/24 1992/10/25 62 days
no name Freya ? captivity Marineland Antibes, France 1993/3 1993/3 stillbirth
Junior ? M Iceland Marineland Ontario 1984/11 1994/6 9,5 years
no name Nootka 4 ? captivity SeaWorld Florida 1994/8/18 1994/8/18 stillbirth
Nootka 4 ? F Iceland SeaWorld Florida 1982/10 1994/9/13 12 years
no name Haida 2 F captivity SeaWorld Texas 1994/11/20 1994/12/28 38 days
no name Maggie M captivity Kamogawa Sea World, Japan 1995/3/3 1995/3/3 1 day
no name Bjossa F captivity Vancouver Aquarium 1995/3/8 1995/3/8 1 day
Kotar ? M Iceland SeaWorld Texas 1978/10/26 1995/4/1 16,5 years
Ai ? F Iceland Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1989/10 1995/8/25 6 years
no name Gudrun ? captivity SeaWorld Florida 1996/2/21 1996/2/21 stillbirth
Gudrun ? F Iceland SeaWorld Florida 1976/10/25 1996/2/25 19,5 years
Nyar Gudrun F captivity SeaWorld Florida 1993/12/31 1996/4/1 2,5 years
no name Kalina ? captivity SeaWorld Florida 1997/2/27 1997/2/27 stillbirth
Hoi Wai / Suzie Wong ? F Iceland Ocean Park, Hongkong 1977/10/12 1997/4/21 19,5 years
no name ? ? captivity Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1997/4 1997/4 miscarriage
no name ? M Japan Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1997/2/9 1997/6/14 4 months
no name ? F Japan Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1997/2/9 1997/6/17 4 months
no name Maggie F captivity Kamogawa Sea World, Japan 1997/10/5 1997/10/5 stillbirth
Finna ? M Iceland Vancouver Aquarium 1980/11/19 1997/10/6 17 years
Maggie / Magy / Miss Piggy ? F Iceland Kamogawa Sea World, Japan 1987/10 1997/10/7 10 years
Yaka A8? F BC, Canada Marine World California 1969/12/12 1997/10/29 28 years
no name Belen ? captivity Mundo Marino, Buenos Aires 1998/2 1998/2 stillbirth
no name Nootka 5 F captivity Marineland Ontario 1998/5/27 1998/6/7 11 days
Kanuck Kiska M captivity Marineland Ontario 1994/8/28 1998 4 years
Katerina Katina F captivity SeaWorld Texas 1988/11/4 1999/5/5 10,5 years
2000<
Belen / Bethlehem ? F Argentina Mundo Marino, Buenos Aires 1988/1/6 2000/2/4 12 years
no name Belen ? captivity Mundo Marino, Buenos Aires 2000/2/4 2000/2/4 Belen dies during 4th month of pregnancy
Malik/E-Day Nootka 5 F captivity Marineland Ontario 1996/4/21 2000/3/4 4 years
Ruka / Orca ? ? Iceland Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1981/10 2000/3/29 18,5 years
Vigga ? F Iceland Marine World California 1980/11/19 2000/8/14 19,5 years
Yamato / Tanouk ? M Iceland Izu-Mito Sea Paradise, Japan 1989/10 2000/10/24 11 years
no name Freya ? captivity Marineland Antibes, France 2001/3 2001/3 stillbirth
Haida 2 ? F Iceland SeaWorld Texas 1982/10 2001/8/1 19 years
no name Haida 2 M captivity SeaWorld Texas 2001/8/1 2001/8/1 Haida 2 dies during 5th month of pregnancy
Nova Kiska M captivity Marineland Ontario 1996/11/6 2001/8/20 5 years
Bjossa ? F Iceland SeaWorld California 1980/11/19 2001/10/8 21 years
no name Nootka 5 ? captivity Marineland Ontario winter 2001/2002 winter 2001/2002 miscarriage
Winnie ? F Iceland SeaWorld Texas 1977/10/12 2002/4/11 24,5 years
Algonquin Nootka 5 M captivity Marineland Ontario 1999/12/18 2002/8/13 2,5 years
no name Freya ? captivity Marineland Antibes, France 2003/4 2003/4 stillbirth
no name ? F Russia Utrish Dolphinarium, Russia 2003/9/26 2003/10/24 28 days
April Nootka 5 F captivity Marineland Ontario 2004/4/7 2004/5 1 month
no name Neocia ? captivity Marineland Ontario 2004/7 2004/7 miscarriage
Neocia / Baby October Nootka 5 F captivity Marineland Ontario 1992/10/21 2004/8/1 12 years
no name Ran F? captivity Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 2004/8/26 2004/8/28 2 days
Ran ? F Iceland Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1989/10 2004/8/29 15 years
Kyu ? M Japan Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1997/2/9 2004/9/18 7,5 years
Hudson Kiska M captivity Marineland Ontario 1998/9/15 2004/10/20 6 years
Goro ? M Japan Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1985/10 2005/1/21 19 years
Splash / Katak Nootka 5 M captivity SeaWorld California 1989/8/15 2005/4/5 15,5 years
Kim 2 ? M Iceland Marineland Antibes, France 1982/10 2005/11/23 23 years
Kandu 7 ? M Iceland Marineland Ontario 1984/11 2005/12/21 21 years
no name ? M Japan Kamogawa Sea World, Japan 2006/2/10 2006/2/13 3 days
Sarah Stella F captivity Kamogawa Sea World, Japan 2003/5/31 2006/4/26 3 years
no name Unna F captivity SeaWorld Texas 2006/4 2006/4 stillbirth
no name Nootka 5 ? captivity Marineland Ontario 5/2006? 5/2006? miscarriage
no name Kayla M captivity SeaWorld Florida 2007/4 2007/4 stillbirth
Pascuala ? F Mexico Vallarta Adventures Dolphin Center, Mexico 2007/4/10 2007/6/10 2 months
Asuka ? F Japan Izu-Mito Sea Paradise, Japan 1997/2/9 2007/9/19 10,5 years
Taku Katina M captivity SeaWorld Texas 1993/9/9 2007/10/17 14 years
Nootka 5 ? F Iceland Marineland Ontario 1981/10 2008/1/8 26 years
Halyn Kayla F captivity SeaWorld Texas 2005/10/9 2008/6/15 2,5 years
Ku ? F Japan Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, Japan 1997/2/9 2008/9/19 11,5 years
Sharkan ? F Iceland Marineland Antibes, France 1989/10 2009/1/3 19 years
Athena Kiska F captivity Marineland Ontario 2004/8/8 spring 2009 4,5 years
Taima Gudrun F captivity SeaWorld Florida 1989/7/11 2010/6/6 21 years
no name Taima ? captivity SeaWorld Florida 2010/6/6 2010/6/6 stillbirth (Taima dies during labor of near full-term fetus)
Sumar Taima M captivity SeaWorld California 1998/5/14 2010/9/7 12 years
Kalina Katina F captivity SeaWorld Florida 1985/9/26 2010/10/4 25 years
Nami ? F Japan Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, Japan 1985/10 2011/1/14 25 years
no name Takara ? captivity SeaWorld Texas 3/2012 3/2012 miscarriage
Oscar / Wolfie ? M Iceland Kamogawa Sea World, Japan 1987/10 2012/12/20 25 years
Vicky Kohana F captivity Loro Parque Tenerife, Spain 2012/8/3 2013/6/16 10 months
Bingo / Thor ? M Iceland Port of Nagoya Aquarium, Japan 1984/11 2014/8/2 29,5 years
Freya ? F Iceland Marineland Antibes, France 1982/10 2015/6/20 32,5 years
Valentin Freya M captivity Marineland Antibes, France 1996/2/13 2015/10/12 19,5 years
Unna Katina F captivity SeaWorld Texas 1996/12/27 2015/12/21 19 years
Tama Tiger ? M New Zealand Tauranga Harbour, New Zealand 2016/8/3 2016/8/6 3 days
Tilikum ? M Iceland SeaWorld Florida 1983/11/9 2017/1/6 33 years
Kyara Takara F captivity SeaWorld Texas 2017/4/19 2017/7/24 3 months
Kasatka ? F Iceland SeaWorld California 1978/10/26 2017/8/15 39 years

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