Kalina makes a good poster girl for Seaworld! Sorry it’s an inarticulate mess. I might make more of these in the future, I’m not sure!
Kalina-“The Original Baby Shamu”
- Kalina was born at Seaworld Orlando on September 26th, 1985 and made history being the first killer whale to born and thrive under human care which resulted her to be dubbed “Baby Shamu”
- Kalina was born to an Icelandic mother and had a Southern Resident father making her an unnatural hybrid who would not have occurred in the wild.
- At the age of 4, Kalina was separated from her mother and shipped to Seaworld Aurora in Ohio
- Kalina went on a “victory tour” across all Seaworld parks and was transferred 4 different times in a span of 4 years.
- At the young age of 7, Kalina had her first calf, a son named Keet who was born at Seaworld San Antonio. In the wild, female orcas don’t typically have their first calf until 14 (on average).
- Kalina went on to be pregnant 5 times before the age of 20, with only two year intervals between her first 4 pregnancies. The 3rd pregnancy resulted in a stillborn calf. After the birth of Tuar, Kalina got a 5 year break until her next calf and never had another calf after. In the wild female killer whales typically take intervals of anywhere from 3-10 years between calves.
- Kalina is often regarded as a gentle natured whale, and was a good mother to her calves. Even though she was an excellent mother to all of her live calves were separated from her at very young ages. She was separated from Keet when he was less than 2 years old. The oldest of her offspring at separation was Tuar, who was separated at age 4.
- To date, Kalina is the only captive whale to be separated and returned to her mother. Kalina was sent back to Orlando at the age of 9 to support her pregnancy with Keto. She never regained much of a relationship with her mother, but she remained in Orlando for the rest of her life.
- Like many captive orcas, Kalina had very worn down teeth and several were drilled.
- On October 4th, 2010, Kalina died of Septicemia, an infection that possibly entered through her drilled teeth. Kalina was the 3rd captive born orca to die at Seaworld that year, and the 4th if you include Taima’s stillborn calf. Wild females, on average live to be 40-50 years old, some have lived up to 80! Only two other captive born orcas have reached 25, both of which are still alive today.