Orcas

in

Captivity
Kim 2 (Marineland Antibes, France)

A look at killer whales in aquariums and parks

Current number of known orcas in captivity: 55



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sorted by date of capture/birth
NAME MOTHER SEX ORIGIN CAPT./BORN AQUARIUM REMARKS
1960<
Corky 2 / A16 A23? F BC, CAN 1969/12/12 SeaWorld California Corky was about 3 years old when captured. She is a member of the Northern Resident killer whale population. Reportedly she is blind on one eye. She experienced 7 (seven!) unsuccessful pregnancies, with no calf surviving more than 46 days. Corky measures about 20 feet and weighs in at around 8,200 pounds (2009).
1970<
Lolita L pod F WA, USA 1970/8/8 Miami Seaquarium Lolita, also known as Tokitae, was about 4 years old when captured. She is a member of the Southern Resident killer whale population. According to an older newspaper article, Lolita was pregnant a few times when she was still together with her mate Hugo but never delivered a live offspring. She measures about 20 feet and weighs in at around 7,500 pounds (February 2004).
Katina ? F Iceland 1978/10/26 SeaWorld Florida Katina, also known as Kandu 6, was about 2 years old when captured. She became the first "successful" mother in captivity with her calf Kalina. Katina measures about 18 feet and weighs in at around 5,400 pounds (2006).
Kasatka ? F Iceland 1978/10/26 SeaWorld California Kasatka was about 1 year old when captured. She became the first whale to be artificially inseminated in 2000, using Tilikum's semen. Kasatka measures about 17 feet and weighs in at around 5,000 pounds (2009).
Kiska ? F Iceland 1979/10 Marineland Ontario Kiska was about 3 years old when captured. She measures about 20 feet and weighs in at around 6,500 pounds (July 2006).
Ulises ? M Iceland 1980/11/19 SeaWorld California Ulises, sometimes spelled Ulysses, was about 3 years old when captured. He spent a long time alone in Barcelona, Spain. Ulises measures about 20 feet and weighs in at around 9,400 pounds (2009).
1980<
Freya ? F Iceland 1982/10 Marineland Antibes, France Freya was about 1 year old when captured. She measures about 20 feet and weighs in at around 6,700 pounds (2008).
Tilikum ? M Iceland 1983/11/9 SeaWorld Florida Tilikum, sometimes spelled Tillikum, was about 2 years old when captured. He is probably the biggest captive orca, weighing in at 12,000 pounds. He measures about 22.5 feet and weighs in at around 12,000 pounds (Winter 2009/2010).
Stella ? F Iceland 1987/10 Port of Nagoya Aquarium, Japan Stella was about 1 year old when captured. She measures about 17 feet and weighs in at around 4,850 pounds (2012).
Orkid Kandu 5 F captivity 1988/9/23 SeaWorld California Orkid is sometimes mispelled Orchid. Her mother Kandu 5 died in August 1989. Orkid's father was Orky 2, who died three days after her birth. She measures about 19 feet and weighs in at around 6,000 pounds (2009). Orkid has been artificially inseminated several times, but so far without success.
Kayla Kenau F captivity 1988/11/26 SeaWorld Florida Kayla's mother Kenau died in August 1991. Her father was Orky 2, who died before her birth. Kayla measures about 20 feet and weighs in at around 6,000 pounds (2007).
1990<
Takara Kasatka F captivity 1991/7/9 SeaWorld Texas Takara measures about 17 feet and weighs in at around 5,000 pounds (December 2010). Her father was Kotar, who died in April 1995.
Kyuquot Haida 2 M captivity 1991/12/24 SeaWorld Texas Kyuquot's mother Haida 2 died in August 2001. His father is Tilikum. Kyuquot, also known as Ky or mispelled as Kyuquet, was born at Sealand Victoria, Canada. He measures about 22 feet (October 2010) and weighs in at around 9,000 pounds (June 2014).
Kshamenk ? M Argentina 1992/9/19 Mundo Marino, Buenos Aires Kshamenk, sometimes mispelled as Sharmenk or Shamenk, was about 4 years old when captured. He was forced to strand. Kshamenk measures about 19.5 feet and weighs in at around 7,800 pounds (March 2005). He is owned by the State of Argentina, not the aquarium Mundo Marino.
Keet Kalina M captivity 1993/2/2 SeaWorld California Keet was separated from his mother at the age of 1 year 8 months to support Kalina's next pregnancy. His father was Kotar, who died in April 1995. Keet measures about 19 feet and weighs in at around 7,000 pounds (February 2012).
Shouka Sharkan F captivity 1993/2/25 SeaWorld California Shouka measures about 17 feet and weighs in at around 4,800 pounds (2008). Her father was Kim 2, who died in November 2005.
Keto Kalina M captivity 1995/6/17 Loro Parque Tenerife, Spain Keto, sometimes mispelled as Kito, measures about 18.3 feet and weighs in at around 7,500 pounds (2013). His father was Kotar, who died before his birth.
Valentin Freya M captivity 1996/2/13 Marineland Antibes, France Valentin measures about 19.7 feet and weighs in at around 7,500 pounds (2011). His father was Kim 2, who died in November 2005.
Unna Katina F captivity 1996/12/27 SeaWorld Texas Unna measures about 17 feet and weighs in at around 4,500 pounds (December 2010). Her father is Tilikum.
Lovey Stella F captivity 1998/1/11 Kamogawa Sea World, Japan Lovey, also known as Oyako, became the first surviving captive born calf in Japan after 5 unsuccessful pregnancies. Her father is Bingo. Lovey measures about 16.7 feet and weighs in at around 4,630 pounds (April 2013).
Inouk Sharkan M captivity 1999/2/23 Marineland Antibes, France Inouk measures about 15.4 feet (2008) and weighs in at around 3,150 pounds (2005). His father was Kim 2, who died in November 2005.
Tuar Kalina M captivity 1999/6/22 SeaWorld Texas Kalina's latest calf first had been named Flash but people were unhappy with that name. Then he was named Tuar in an on-line poll. His father is Tilikum. Tuar measures about 19 feet and weighs in at around 6,000 pounds (June 2014).
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Tekoa Taima M captivity 2000/11/8 Loro Parque Tenerife, Spain Tekoa's mother Taima died in June 2010. His father is Tilikum. Tekoa measures about 14.4 feet (2007) and weighs in at around 5,500 pounds (December 2010).
Lara Stella F captivity 2001/2/8 Kamogawa Sea World, Japan Lara measures about 16,4 feet and weighs in at around 4,410 pounds (April 2013). Her father is Bingo.
Wikie Sharkan F captivity 2001/6/1 Marineland Antibes, France Wikie, sometimes mispelled Wiki, measures about 15.4 feet and weighs in at around 2,200 pounds (2008). Her father was Kim 2, who died in November 2005.
Nakai Kasatka M captivity 2001/9/1 SeaWorld California Nakai measures about 16 feet (2012) and weighs in at around 5,500 pounds (May 2014). His father is Tilikum, via artificial insemination.
Kohana Takara F captivity 2002/5/3 Loro Parque Tenerife, Spain Kohana (Japanese for "little flower") had been referred to as Makea on the internet prior to her official naming. Her father is Tilikum, via artificial insemination. Kohana measures about 14.4 feet (2007) and weighs in at around 5,500 pounds (2013).
Ikaika Katina M captivity 2002/8/25 SeaWorld California Ikaika measures about 17 feet and weighs in at around 4,000 pounds (October 2010). His father is Tilikum.
Skyla Kalina F captivity 2004/2/9 Loro Parque Tenerife, Spain Skyla measures about 11.5 feet and weighs in at around 2,100 pounds (January 2008). Her father is Tilikum.
Kalia Kasatka F captivity 2004/12/21 SeaWorld California Kalia's father is Keet. She weighs in at around 4,000 pounds (April 2014). Kalia is pregnant, being due around December 2014. Ulises is rumoured to be the father through artificial insemination.
Trua Takara M captivity 2005/11/23 SeaWorld Florida Trua (Icelandic for "believe") weighs in at around 3,500 pounds (January 2014). His father was Taku, who died in October 2007.
Ran 2 Stella F captivity 2006/2/25 Port of Nagoya Aquarium, Japan Ran 2 (Japanese for "orchid"), sometimes spelled Lan, measures about 13.8 feet and weighs in at around 2,646 pounds (December 2011). Her father is Bingo.
Nalani Katina F captivity 2006/9/18 SeaWorld Florida Nalani weighs in at around 3,000 pounds (March 2014). Her father was Taku, who died in October 2007.
Malia Taima F captivity 2007/3/12 SeaWorld Florida Malia (Hawaiian for "calm and peaceful") weighed in at around 2,800 pounds (March 2014). Her father is Tilikum.
Earth Lovey M captivity 2008/10/13 Kamogawa Sea World, Japan Earth measures about 11.5 feet and weighs in at around 1,543 pounds (2011). His father is Oscar.
2010<
Sakari Takara F captivity 2010/1/7 SeaWorld Texas Sakari weighs in at around 2,000 pounds (June 2014). Her father is Tilikum.
Morgan ? F Norway 2010/6/23 Loro Parque Tenerife, Spain Morgan (Welsh for "bright shining sea") was about three years old when captured in the Netherlands. She measures about 15.45 feet and weighs in at around 3,570 pounds (September 2013).
Makaio Katina M captivity 2010/10/9 SeaWorld Florida Makaio (Hawaiian for "gift of god") measures about 7 feet and weighs in at around 550 pounds (December 2010). His father is Tilikum.
Adán Kohana M captivity 2010/10/13 Loro Parque Tenerife, Spain Adán (Spanish for "Adam") measures about 9.8 feet and weighs in at around 1,192 pounds (October 2011). His father is Keto.
Moana Wikie M captivity 2011/3/16 Marineland Antibes, France At birth Moana (Polynesian for "Ocean") measured about 6.5 feet and weighed in at around 330 pounds. His father is Ulises, via artificial insemination.
Luna Lovey F captivity 2012/7/19 Kamogawa Sea World, Japan Luna measures about 7.8 feet and weighs in at around 620 pounds (November 2012). Her father is Oscar.
Narnia ? F Russia 2012/8 Moscow Dolphinarium and Aquarium, Russia Narnia measures about 16.4 feet, which suggests that she was about six years old when captured.
Rin / Lynn Stella F captivity 2012/11/13 Port of Nagoya Aquarium, Japan Rin, also called Lynn, measures about 9.35 feet and weighs in at around 926 pounds (June 2013). Her father is Bingo.
Makani Kasatka M captivity 2013/2/14 SeaWorld California At birth Makani (Hawaiian for "Wind") measured about 6.5 feet and weighed in between 300 and 350 pounds. His father is Kshamenk, via artficial insemination.
no name ? F Russia 2013/9 Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, China about 4-year-old female, weighing about 1,300 pounds at time of capture, so far still not on public display
no name ? M Russia 2013/9 Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, China about 8-year-old male, weighing about 2,900 pounds at time of capture, so far still not on public display
no name ? F Russia 2013/9 Seaside Dolphinarium, Nakhodka, Russia adult female, weighing about 6,200 pounds at time of capture, there are rumours that this orca has been moved to China as well
no name ? ? Russia 2013/10 Seaside Dolphinarium, Nakhodka, Russia there are rumours that this orca has been moved to China as well
no name ? M Russia 2013/10 Moscow Dolphinarium and Aquarium, Russia -
Keijo Wikie M captivity 2013/11/20 Marineland Antibes, France Keijo (Finnish for "Elf" or "Supernatural Being") weighs about 330 pounds (Jan 2014). His father is Wikie's half-brother Valentin.
Kamea Takara F captivity 2013/12/6 SeaWorld Texas Kamea (Hawaiian for "Precious One") measured about 7 feet at time of birth and weighs in at around 600 pounds (June 2014). Her father is Kshamenk, via artificial insemination.
no name ? ? Russia 2014/7 China, unknown facility -
no name ? ? Russia 2014/7 China, unknown facility -
no name ? ? Russia 2014/7 Russia, unknown facility -
no name ? ? Russia 2014/7 Russia, unknown facility -
Growth rate defined by Duffield and Miller (1988) was used to estimate the age from the length at time of capture.

If you wonder how many orcas were in captivity because they had to be rescued, the answer is not many. To my knowledge the only cases have been Washington State's Sandy in 1973, British Columbia's Miracle in 1977, California's Surfer Girl in 1979, Mexico's Pascuala in 2007 (none of them survived very long in captivity) and Morgan in 2010, who I still hope will one day be rescued out of Loro Parque and get back to her native Norwegian waters. The marine park industry might mention Argentina's Kshamenk as well, but he was actually forced to strand and didn't have be rescued from anything except human greed...

captive orcas by aquarium
captive orcas by origin

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Thank you very much to Andreas Stüger for overhauling the captivity pages regarding statistics and links!

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Cetacean Cousins has a very nice overview about which whales were at a certain marine park in any given year, here's the link. Just scroll down to "Marine Parks" and click on the park you'd like to know more about. You'll find the information either directly on the park's page or when you click on a "Transfer" link on the left side of the park's page. Cetacean Cousins also have more detailed information on the individual whales. Check it out, they are well worth a visit!

Caty Brandon from the University of Victoria has created a great Google Map on captive orcas. Here's the link!


Take a look at orcas deceased in captivity (last updated September 3, 2014)

These facilities are keeping orcas captive (last updated September 9, 2014)

About orcas that escaped or were released from captivity (last updated October 23, 2013)

Violent incidents between humans and orcas in captivity (last updated August 27, 2014)

A look at separation of mothers and calves in captivity (last updated June 11, 2014)

Study about the life expectancy of orcas in captivity

Study about the impact of the 1962-1973 captures on the Southern Resident orcas

Study about the Icelandic live-capture fishery for killer whales, 1976-1988

The Story of the Taiji 5

The Story of Whale and Eagle

Thoughts on keeping cetaceans captive

On the Makah whaling issue



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