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SeaWorld Orlando- Shamu Stadium and pool complex
SeaWorld’s main attraction is its Orcas, several of which are housed in 7-million-gallon habitats that are each known as Shamu Stadium. Shamu was the name of the first Orca brought to SeaWorld San Diego in the 1960s from the Seattle Aquarium. ‘”Shamu” is now used as a stage name for adult Orcas in performances at SeaWorld parks. Currently, SeaWorld houses 20 killer whales in its three parks.
- Eight orcas live at Seaworld San Diego, California: Corky 2, Kasatka, Keet, Ulises, Orkid, Nakai, Kalia and Ikaika. Sumar died unexpectedly on September 7, 2010.
- Seven orcas live at SeaWorld Orlando, Florida: Katina, Tilikum, Kayla, Trua, Nalani, Malia and the young male Makaio born to Katina on October 9, 2010. Taima died on June 6, 2010 from complications while giving birth to a stillborn calf. Kalina died unexpectedly on October, 4, 2010.
- Five orcas live at SeaWorld San Antonio, Texas: Kyuquot, Unna, Takara, Sakari and Tuar. Taku died on October 17, 2007 after being infected with the West Nile Virus transmitted by a mosquito bite. Halyn died unexpectedly on June 15, 2008.
Click HERE to view The Orca Project’s collection of SeaWorld’s orca profiles (their own internal documents).
In all, 37 orcas have died in captivity at SeaWorld’s 3 parks. There have been 28 live births at the 3 parks (9 of which are deceased as well as 10 of their mothers) and numerous unsuccessful births.
Click HERE to view The Orca Project’s collection of SeaWorld orca necropsy reports for deceased orcas.
For more on SeaWorld and Tilikum’s attack on Dawn Brancheau on February 24, 2010 please visit The Orca Project’s SeaWorld vs OSHA page and the following:
The Killer in the Pool, by Tim Zimmermann (on the Web) Outside Magazine- When a 12,000-pound orca named Tilikum dragged his SeaWorld trainer into the pool and drowned her, it was the third time the big killer whale had been involved in a death. Many observers wondered why the animal was still working. But some experts, knowing the psychological toll of a life spent in captivity, have posed a darker question: Was it human error, or can a killer whale choose to kill?
The uncut e-book version of “Killer in the Pool” is now available at the iTunes store for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch and is available at Amazon for the Kindle.
Diary of a Killer Whale, by Tim Zimmermann (on the Web) Washington-DC based writer Tim Zimmermann digs a little deeper into some of the questions surrounding the tragedy of Tilikum and Dawn Brancheau.
For a collection of documents from the investigation of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau’s death including autopsy report, Orange County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Report, USDA-APHIS and OSHA freedom of information act documents, click HERE.
SeaWorld posts from The Orca Project:
SeaWorld Ponders Defeat in OSHA Ruling. Trainer Death May Alter Industry Forever
Investigation Finds Hazardous Chemicals with Killer Whale Food Supply at SeaWorld
Author of “Death at SeaWorld” on NPR Radio Orlando
Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity
Voice of the Orcas
Judge Rules Morgan should be moved to Loro Parque ASAP.
SeaWorld vs OSHA Hearing Concludes- Judge’s Decision Pending
New Photos of Killer Whale involved in Trainer Death at SeaWorld
A Better Way to See Orcas.
Secrets of Killer Whale Captivity being exposed in Courts around the World
SeaWorld PR attempts to save-face but rescue and conservation efforts fall short
The Case Against Killer Whale Captivity
SeaWorld vs. OSHA- Killer Whale Showdown in Florida
More Blood in the Water with SeaWorld’s Killer Whales and Trainers.
SeaWorld vs Marineland. Killer Whale Ikaika Caught in International Custody Battle
SeaWorld Trainer Death Theory Debunked as a Ponytail Tale
Killer Whale Tilikum Returns to SeaWorld Shows After 3rd Death
NOAA-NMFS Failures in Marine Mammal Inventory Management for Killer Whales
SeaWorld’s Proposed Multi-Million-Dollar Safety Gimmicks Don’t Measure Up
Exclusive Interview #3: Former SeaWorld Trainer Samantha Berg and the Perils of Orca Captivity (part 2)
Exclusive Interview #3: Former SeaWorld trainer Samantha Berg and the Perils of Orca Captivity (part 1)
SeaWorld will likely press Judge to have Closed Hearings
Keto and Tilikum Express the Stress of Orca Captivity
How Does SeaWorld Masturbate their Stud Killer Whales? Rocker Tommy Lee Says “Cow Vaginas” And He Is Almost Right.
Exclusive Interview #2: Former SeaWorld trainer Carol Ray talks orca safety & separation with T.O.P.
Exclusive Interview #1: Former SeaWorld trainer John Jett PhD talks Tilikum with T.O.P.
Dr Naomi Rose Speaks Out on GMA about Premature Captive Orca Deaths
Death Toll Rises At SeaWorld. Original Baby Shamu, Kalina is 4th Orca Casualty This Year
The Hidden Cost Of Captivity- Oral Health of Killer Whales Exposed
SeaWorld Former Trainers Tell OSHA Spare Air Is No Solution
What It’s Like To Be Banned From SeaWorld’s Facebook Page
Sumar, the Killer Whale, dead at the age of 12
Poll: Should Tilikum be retired?
Seeing is Believing: Tilikum’s Lonely Life after Dawn.
Is This the Beginning of the End for Killer Whale Shows?
SeaWorld Obstructing Federal Safety Probe in Trainer Death?
Could “Spare Air” Save Marine Park Trainers During Orca Attacks?
OSHA vs. SeaWorld: A Case Study Of DC In Action