On January 6th 2017 Tilikum died and his life in captivity finally ended. Tilikum’s story - as portrayed in the documentary Blackfish - was an immensely important contributing factor to the setting up of Orca Rescues Foundation. Although it’s too late for him, he has many offspring all in captivity. We will continue raising funds to one day see them swim free.
Together We Can Help Free These Intelligent Creatures and Return Them to Their Natural Environment.
This is a list of Captive Orca around the globe. It does change regularly with deaths in captivity becoming more and more common and we will endeavour to keep it up to date as best as we can.
There is also a continuation of Cetaceans still being captured and sold to Marine Parks around the world despite the general way of thinking changing.
Corky was estimated to have been born in 1965. Her mother, designated A23, nicknamed "Stripe", died in 2000. Around the age of four, Corky was captured in Pender Harbour off the coast of British Columbia on December 11, 1969. Corky, along with a young unnamed male and a young female later named Patches, were sold to Marineland of the Pacific, in Palos Verdes, California. Of the animals captured on that day, only Corky still survives.
Lolita is a 22-foot-long (7 m), 7,800 pounds (3,500 kg)orca who has lived at the Miami Seaquarium since 1970.On August 8, 1970 Lolita was caught in Penn Cove, Puget Sound, Washington. She was one of seven young whales sold to marine parks around the world from a roundup of over 80 orcas conducted by Ted Griffin and Don Goldsberry.
Katina (c. 1975) is a female Orca who lives in SeaWorld Orlando in Florida. She was captured off Iceland at approximately three years of age on October 26, 1978. She is the most successful breeding female Orca in captivity.Upon her capture, Katina was purchased by Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, where she was first named Kandu 6. She was shipped to the facility soon after. However, she did not spend much time there. Sometime between April and June 1979, Katina was bought by SeaWorld.
Kiska is a 42 year old female orca who lives at Marineland Ontario. She was captured in Iceland in October 1979 at about 3 years old.
Ulises is a 41 year old male orca who lives at SeaWorld San Diego. He is the oldest male orca in captivity and the largest.
Port of Nagoya
Stella is a 32 year old female orca who lives at the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. She was captured from Iceland in October 1987.
Orkid is a 30 year old female orca who lives at SeaWorld San Diego. Her parents are Kandu 5 and Orky 2. She was born in San Diego on September 23, 1988 and was the first orca successfully born at the park. She was apparently born about a month early. Orkid was named after her father Orky, who died just days after her birth. She is the oldest captive born orca. The first successful birth in captivity was 3 years before in September 1985.
Kayla was a 30 year old female orca who lived at SeaWorld Orlando. Her mother is Kenau and her father is Orky 2. She was the first killer whale to be born at SeaWorld San Antonio on November 26, 1988. She passed away on January 28, 2019 at SeaWorld Orlando.
Kakara is a 28 year old female orca who lives at SeaWorld San Antonio. She was born at SeaWorld San Diego on July 9, 1991. Her mother is Kasatka and her father is Kotar.
Kyuquot is a 27 year old male orca who lives at SeaWorld San Antonio. His mother is Haida 2 and his father is Tilikum. He was born on Christmas Eve 1991 at Sealand Victoria.
Kshamenk is a 30 year old male orca who lives at Mundo Marino. He was captured in 1992, though Mundo Marino claims he was stranded.
Keet is a 26 year old male orca
who lives at SeaWorld San Diego. He was born at SeaWorld San Antonio on February 2, 1993. His mother, Kalina was moved to Orlando leaving Keet behind when he was a year and a half.
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