Smiling dolphin by Kristoffer Larsen
This day in captive killer whale history — 2013 Dec. 12, Thu.
- Keiko died in Taknes Bay, Norway, 10 years ago in 2003.
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I need to change my normal seating one day. Awesome shot.
I love noticing which whales can’t do which behavior. For example, Trua still doesn’t know how to kick. Katina can’t front flip. It’s interesting.
For my SS. I told you there were more than 1 :) These are all pretty crappy quality, but they mean a lot to me.
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Malia, Makaio, and Trua playing hide and seek with me at the glass on 11/26/13.
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Orca, Ulises - SeaWorld San Diego
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Captured in Iceland in 1978 aged around 2, Katina is a 34 year old female captive orca - the reason i wanted to do a little piece on her is because of how she is the most ‘successful’ breeding female orca.
At only 34 she has had 7 children from which there have been 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Only 4 of her children are still alive, all 5 of her grandchildren remain and of her great-grandchildren only 2.
One of her children however is also her grandchild as her son Taku impregnated her resulting in Nalani whom is still alive.
Many of her calves were taken away from her at an early age as well. If Katina were still a wild whale she probably would have only had a maximum (if she had had her first calf at 18 years like most wild orca and had the average minimum range of 3 years between them) 5 calves and a minimum of 2/3 (based on the average maximum) and all would still be traveling with her in her pod, possibly with her own mother. (if alive)
One / Two / Three
She is also one of only four Orcas ever to be put on display where the public had open access to interact with them. The other three were Kasatka, Kotar, and Canuck II. Only Kasatka and Katina are still alive. They were in this display for over a year where they interacted with thousands of visitors to the park and no one was ever hurt. They were all friendly and gentle towards people who showed them respect and trust and were not teasing them with fish trying to touch them.
Now 3 decades later as a result of all the operant behavior training, food and social deprivation they have been subjected to, Sea World considers them both “problem animals”
Did you know that I bonded with katina before she was captured? It’s so crazy, she even invited me into the water for a quick ride!
What a coincidence. I’ve had an interaction with one of the past touch pool whales myself.
Barring the hilarity presented here, Katina is 37. Math.
It really agitates me when a go-to argument for some anticaps is rake marks. It’s been all over Instagram recently, and it’s annoying when people say it’s a direct result of captivity. I get the “they can’t escape” argument, but rakes are a dominance thing, something that all groups of animals have.