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History of Captive Killer Whales


A list of those who died to entertain you

Orcas, better known as killer whales , have been the main performers at many aquariums and shows. Their lives have been gravely affected by humans trying to capitalize on their beauty and intelligence. As you read through this list, pay particular attention to how long these animals lived in captivity. Keep in mind the lifespan in the wild is somewhere between 50 and 80 years.

The listing below is arranged by the last aquarium to house these orcas. NOTE: Some of the whales have more than one name. In those cases you will find a note so indicating.

Name Mother Sex Origin Aquarium Capt./Born Died Time in captivity
no name ? M Iceland Acuarama Sao Paulo, Brasil 1983/11 1984? ?
Milagro ? M Argentina Acuario Mundo Marino, Buenos Aires 1985/08 1991/02 5,5 years
Belen ? F Argentina Acuario Mundo Marino, Buenos Aires 1988/01/06 2000/02/04 12 years
Father of Kshamenk ? M Argentina Acuario Mundo Marino, Buenos Aires 1992/09/17 1992/09/17 1 day
no name Belen ? captivity Acuario Mundo Marino, Buenos Aires 1998/02 1998/02 stillbirth
no name Belen ? captivity Acuario Mundo Marino, Buenos Aires 2000/02/04 2000/02/04 Belen dies during 4th month of pregnancy
Dzul-ha / Shamu ? M Iceland Aquarama on Parade, Mexico 1979/07 1983 4 years
no name ? M Iceland Clacton Pier, Great Britain 1981/10 1981/12 2 months
Neptune ? M Iceland Clacton Pier, Great Britain 1981/10 1983/06 1,5 years
Tula ? M BC, CAN Dolfinarium Harderwijck, Netherlands 1968/07 1968/10 3 months
Magnus ? M Iceland Dolfinarium Harderwijck, Netherlands 1977/10 1977/12 2 months
Cuddles J or L pod M WA, USA Dudley Zoo, Great Britain 1968/10 1974/04 5,5 years
Sacchi ? F Japan Enoshima Marineland, Japan 1982/02 1984/04 2 years
no name Sacchi M captivity Enoshima Marineland, Japan 1982/05 1982/05 10 days
Shachi ? F Japan Izu-Mito Sea Paradise, Japan 1986/02 1988/03 2 years
Yamato / Tanouk ? M Iceland Izu-Mito Sea Paradise, Japan 1989/10 2000/10/24 11 years
no name ? F Japan Japan, fishermen group 1986/02 1986/04 2 months
Benkei 3 ? M Japan Japan, "private home" 1982/02 1983 1 year
Chappy J, K or L pod F WA, USA Kamogawa Sea World, Japan 1970/08 1974/04 3,5 years
Jumbo J, K or L pod M WA, USA Kamogawa Sea World, Japan 1970/08 1974/07 4 years
Zero ? ? Japan Kamogawa Sea World, Japan 1972 1972/09 15 days
King ? M Iceland Kamogawa Sea World, Japan 1979/11 1983/10 4 years
Caren / Calen ? F Iceland Kamogawa Sea World, Japan 1979/11 1987/05 7,5 years
Freyja / Patty ? F Iceland Kamogawa Sea World, Japan 1984/11 1987/09 3 years
Magy / Maggie / Miss Piggy ? F Iceland Kamogawa Sea World, Japan 1987/10 1997/10/07 10 years
no name Magy M captivity Kamogawa Sea World, Japan 1995/03/03 1995/03/03 1 day
no name Magy F captivity Kamogawa Sea World, Japan 1997/10/05 1997/10/05 stillbirth
no name Kianu ? captivity Marine World California 1968 1968 stillbirth
Bonnie A5 pod? F BC, CAN Marine World California 1968/04 1968/08 4 months
no name Bonnie ? captivity Marine World California 1968/08 1968/08 stillbirth
Nepo A25? M BC, CAN Marine World California 1969/12 1980/07 10,5 years
Yaka A8? F BC, CAN Marine World California 1969/12 1997/10/29 28 years
Vigga ? F Iceland Marine World California 1980/11 2000/08/14 19,5 years
Calypso A25? F BC, CAN Marineland Antibes, France 1969/12 1970/12 1 year
Clovis J, K or L pod M WA, USA Marineland Antibes, France 1970/08 1973/02 2,5 years
Kim / Oum ? F Iceland Marineland Antibes, France 1976/10 1982/07 5,5 years
Betty ? F Iceland Marineland Antibes, France 1978/10 1987/09 9 years
no name Freya ? captivity Marineland Antibes, France 1991/03/03 1991/03/03 stillbirth
no name Freya ? captivity Marineland Antibes, France 1993/03 1993/03 stillbirth
no name Freya ? captivity Marineland Antibes, France 2001/03 2001/03 1 day
Ramu 2 ? M WA, USA Marineland Australia 1969/04 1970/05 1 year
Ramu 4 J, K or L pod M WA, USA Marineland Australia 1970/08 1971/08 1 year
no name ? F CA, USA Marineland California 1961/11 1961/11 1 day
Orky I11 pod M BC, CAN Marineland California 1967/07 1969/07 2 years
Corky A5 pod? F BC, CAN Marineland California 1968/04 1970/12 2,5 years
no name A25? M BC, CAN Marineland California 1969/12 1972/05 2,5 years
Patches A25? F BC, CAN Marineland California 1969/12 1971/08 1,5 years
no name Corky 2 M captivity Marineland California 1977/02/28 1977/03/16 18 days
no name Corky 2 M captivity Marineland California 1978/10/31 1978/11/10 11 days
no name Corky 2 ? captivity Marineland California 1980/04/01 1980/04/01 stillbirth
Kiva Corky 2 F captivity Marineland California 1982/06/16 1982/08/03 46 days
no name Corky 2 F captivity Marineland California 1985/07/22 1985/09/01 1 month
no name Corky 2 ? captivity Marineland California 1986/07/27 1986/07/27 miscarriage
Kandu 2 L pod M WA, USA Marineland Ontario 1971/08 1979/10 8 years
Kandy L pod F WA, USA Marineland Ontario 1973/08 1973/11 3 months
no name ? F Iceland Marineland Ontario 1979/11 1980/01 3 months
no name ? F Iceland Marineland Ontario 1981/10 1982? ?
Junior ? M Iceland Marineland Ontario 1984/11 1994/06 9,5 years
no name Kiska M captivity Marineland Ontario 1992/08/24 1992/10/25 62 days
Kanuck Kiska M captivity Marineland Ontario 1994/08/28 1998 4 years
Malik Nootka 5 F captivity Marineland Ontario 1996/04/21 2000/03/04 4 years
Nova Kiska M captivity Marineland Ontario 1996/11/06 2001/08 5 years
no name Nootka 5 F captivity Marineland Ontario 1998/05/27 1998/06/07 11 days
Hugo ? M WA, USA Miami Seaquarium, FL 1968/02 1980/03 12 years
Whale J, K or L pod F WA, USA Munich, Germany 1970/08 1971/10 1 year
Kianu A5 pod? F BC, CAN Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1968/04 1980/06 12 years
no name ? F Japan Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1979/02 1979/03 1 month
no name ? F Japan Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1979/02 1979/04 2 months
Benkei ? M Japan Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1979/02 1989/02 10 years
no name ? ? captivity Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1979/03 1979/03 stillbirth
Benkei 2 / Ushiwaka ? M Iceland Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1980/10 1983/07 2,5 years
Ai ? F Iceland Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1989/10 1995/08 6 years
no name ? F Japan Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1997/02/09 1997/06/17 4 months
no name ? M Japan Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1997/02/09 1997/06/14 4 months
no name ? ? captivity Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1997/04 1997/04 miscarriage
Ruka / Orca ? ? Iceland Nanki Shirahama Adventure World, Japan 1981/10 2000/03/29 18,5 years
Lupa ? F WA, USA New York, NY 1968/02 1968/09 7 months
Hoi Wai / Susie Wong ? F Iceland Ocean Park, Hongkong 1977/10 1997/04 19,5 years
Bubba / Prince ? M Iceland Ocean Park, Hongkong 1987/10 1991/07 4 years
no name ? M Iceland Saedyrasafnid, Iceland 1978/10 1979/02 4 months
no name ? F Iceland Saedyrasafnid, Iceland 1978/11 1979/02 3 months
no name ? M Iceland Saedyrasafnid, Iceland 1984/11 1985/01 2 months
Shamu J, K or L pod F WA, USA Sea World California 1965/10 1971/08/23 6 years
Kandu K pod F WA, USA Sea World California 1967/02 1971/06/16 4 years
Kilroy K pod M WA, USA Sea World California 1967/02 1978/09/23 11,5 years
Orky 2 A5 pod? M BC, CAN Sea World California 1968/04 1988/09/26 20 years
Nootka / Knootka / T5 T2? F BC, CAN Sea World California 1970/03 1990/03/13 20 years
Winston / Ramu J, K or L pod M WA, USA Sea World California 1970/08 1986/04/28 15,5 years
Kona L pod F WA, USA Sea World California 1971/08 1977/09/28 6 years
Kandu 3 L pod F WA, USA Sea World California 1971/08 1975/06 4 years
Canuck J pod M WA, USA Sea World California 1972/03 1974/12/01 2,5 years
Frankie L pod M WA, USA Sea World California 1973/08 1974/01/29 5 months
Canuck 2 ? M Iceland Sea World California 1977/10 1981/08/02 4 years
Kandu 5 ? F Iceland Sea World California 1977/10 1989/08/21 12 years
no name ? F Iceland Sea World California 1978/10 1979/09/03 1 year
Bjossa ? F Iceland Sea World California 1980/11 2001/10/08 21 years
Baby Shamu 2 Kenau ? captivity Sea World California 1986/01/05 1986/01/16 11 days
no name Kandu 5 ? captivity Sea World California 1986/01/31 1986/01/31 stillbirth
no name Corky 2 ? captivity Sea World California 1987/08 1987/08 miscarriage
Ramu K pod M WA, USA Sea World Florida 1967/02 1982/01/12 15 years
Sandy ? F WA, USA Sea World Florida 1973/03 1977/10 4,5 years
Kandu 4 / Kanduke T7? M BC, CAN Sea World Florida 1975/08 1990/09/20 15 years
Kenau ? F Iceland Sea World Florida 1976/10 1991/08/06 15 years
Gudrun ? F Iceland Sea World Florida 1976/10 1996/02/25 19,5 years
Kona 2 ? F Iceland Sea World Florida 1977/10 1987/10/15 10 years
Nootka 4 ? F Iceland Sea World Florida 1982/10 1994/09/13 12 years
no name Kona 2 ? captivity Sea World Florida 1987/10/15 1987/10/15 fetus found at necropsy of Kona 2
no name Kenau M captivity Sea World Florida 1991/08/06 1991/08/06 Kenau dies during 12th month of pregnancy
Nyar Gudrun F captivity Sea World Florida 1993/12/31 1996/04/01 2,5 years
no name Nootka 4 ? captivity Sea World Florida 1994/08/18 1994/08/18 stillbirth
no name Gudrun ? captivity Sea World Florida 1996/02/21 1996/02/21 stillbirth
no name Kalina ? captivity Sea World Florida 1997/02/27 1997/02/27 stillbirth
Kahana ? F Iceland Sea World Texas 1978/10 1991/05/14 12,5 years
Kotar ? M Iceland Sea World Texas 1978/10 1995/04/01 16,5 years
Haida 2 ? F Iceland Sea World Texas 1982/10 2001/08/01 19 years
Winnie ? F Iceland Sea World Texas 1977/10 2002/04/11 24,5 years
Samoa ? F Iceland Sea World Texas 1983/11 1992/03/14 8,5 years
Katerina Katina F captivity Sea World Texas 1988/11/04 1999/05/05 10,5 years
no name Kahana ? captivity Sea World Texas 1990/11/06 1990/11/06 miscarriage
no name Samoa F captivity Sea World Texas 1992/03/14 1992/03/14 Samoa dies during labor of near full-term fetus
no name Haida 2 F captivity Sea World Texas 1994/11/20 1994/12/28 38 days
Mamuk J or L pod M WA, USA Sea-Arama Texas 1968/10 1974/06 5,5 years
Lil Nooka J, K or L pod M WA, USA Sea-Arama Texas 1970/08 1971/03 7 months
Haida J or L pod M WA, USA Sealand Victoria, BC 1968/10 1982/10 14 years
Scarredjaw Cow / T3 T? F BC, CAN Sealand Victoria, BC 1970/03 1970/05 2 months
Chimo / T4 T3? F BC, CAN Sealand Victoria, BC 1970/03 1972/11 2,5 years
Nootka 2 K pod F WA, USA Sealand Victoria, BC 1973/08 1974/05 9 months
Nootka 3 T? F BC, CAN Sealand Victoria, BC 1975/08 1976/05 9 months
Miracle ? F BC, CAN Sealand Victoria, BC 1977/08 1982/01 4,5 years
no name ? M Iceland Sealand Victoria, BC 1982/10 1983/06 8 months
no name Nootka 4 M captivity Sealand Victoria, BC 1992/02/04 1992/03/09 33 days
Namu / C11 C5? M BC, CAN Seattle, WA 1965/06 1966/07 1 year
Katy K pod F WA, USA Seattle, WA 1967/02 1967/05 3 months
no name ? F WA, USA Seattle, WA 1969/04 1969? ?
no name ? ? WA, USA Seattle, WA 1970/02 1970? ?
no name ? M WA, USA Seattle, WA 1971/11 1972? ?
no name ? M WA, USA Seattle, WA 1971/11 1972? ?
no name ? M Japan Taiji Whaling Museum, Japan 1978/12 1978/12 5 days
Tai-chan ? M Japan Taiji Whaling Museum, Japan 1979/02 1982/06 3 years
Chi-chan ? F Japan Taiji Whaling Museum, Japan 1979/02 1979/06 4 months
no name ? M Japan Taiji Whaling Museum, Japan 1982/02 1982/06 4 months
Ahab J or L pod M WA, USA US Navy, Hawaii 1968/10 1974 5,5 years
Moby Doll J pod M WA, USA Vancouver Aquarium 1964/07 1964/10 3 months
Skana / Walter K pod F WA, USA Vancouver Aquarium 1967/02 1980/10 13,5 years
Natsidalia A5 pod? F BC, CAN Vancouver Aquarium 1968/04 1968/11 7 months
Hyak 2 / Tung-Jen A5 pod? M BC, CAN Vancouver Aquarium 1968/04 1991/02 23 years
Finna ? M Iceland Vancouver Aquarium 1980/11 1997/10/06 17 years
no name Bjossa F captivity Vancouver Aquarium 1988/11/13 1988/12/04 22 days
K'yosha Bjossa F captivity Vancouver Aquarium 1991/09/30 1992/01/04 96 days
no name Bjossa F captivity Vancouver Aquarium 1995/03/08 1995/03/08 1 day
Nemo ? M Iceland Windsor Safari Park, Great Britain 1981/10 1986/11 5 years

Saddened as we are by the loss of the animals above, there are still many that can be saved. YOU can make a difference, YOU can help.

Special thanks to Orca Home for the above information. For more information, visit Orca Home

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