Orca Underwater Viewing at SeaWorld San Diego

Orca Underwater Viewing

See orcas up-close like never before with underwater viewing.

 

This underwater viewing area outside Orca Encounter gets you up-close to orcas like never before with the opportunity to come face-to-face with these majestic animals. This one-of-a-kind experience is one that the family is sure to never forget as you watch these beautiful animals swim, glide and play in the water right before your eyes.

Meet the Orcas

Amaya the Whale

Amaya

Amaya

Amaya, whose name means “night rain,” is the youngest orca and enjoys spending time with her mother Kalia and father Ulises. Amaya is one of the most playful whales in our pod and loves interacting with her animal care specialists. She has helped us gather and share critical information about calf development for researchers studying wild populations.
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Corky the Whale

Corky

Corky

Corky is the oldest whale (over 55 years old) and largest female in the pod. Despite her age, she has incredible energy and continues to inspire millions of guests. It’s easy to tell Corky from the other whales due to her distinctly tall, straight dorsal fin.
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Ikaika the Whale

Ikaika

Ikaika

Ikaika’s name means “strength.” He enjoys learning new things and spending time with his trainers. Ikaika is easily identified in presentations by his signature tongue-wagging behavior. He has participated in hearing studies that help scientists better understand the impact on wild Orcas of noise from ships and other human activity.
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Kalia the Whale

Kalia

Kalia

Kalia is easily spotted among other members of her pod thanks to the three black “freckles” on her left eye patch. She lives here with her daughter Amaya and her brothers Makani and Nakai. Kalia is one of the most playful whales in the pod. She loves seeing her reflection in mirror toys and getting the attention of her trainers.
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Keet the Whale

Keet

Keet

Keet is fondly known as the “gentle giant.” Though he’s one of the larger males in the pod, he has a very calm and patient demeanor.
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Makani the Whale

Makani

Makani

Makani was born on Valentine’s Day in 2013. He is a very energetic and playful whale who loves interacting with his animal care specialists and learning new behaviors. Makani loves spending time with Corky and his sister Kalia. He loves to play with a variety of environmental enrichment devices, but his favorite is the “donut.”
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Nakai the Whale

Nakai

Nakai

Nakai was born in September 2001. He is a very quick learner, often picking things up just by observing other whales. Because of his ability to learn quickly, Nakai has participated in hearing studies that help scientists better understand the impact on orcas of noise from ships and other human activity. He spends time with all the whales, but his favorite is Orkid.
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Orkid the Whale

Orkid

Orkid

Orkid was born on Sept. 23, 1988. She is an extremely fast learner and continues to impress us with her ability to innovate and adapt to new experiences. Orkid often assists the other whales in learning new behaviors.
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Shouka the Whale

Shouka

Shouka

Shouka was born in Antibes, France in February 1993 and joined the pod in 2012. She knows a variety of unique vocalizations that the other whales have learned to mimic. Shouka thrives from learning new behaviors and enjoys snowballs.
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Ulises the Whale

Ulises

Ulises

Ulises weighs close to 10,000 pounds, making him the largest whale. Despite being the biggest whale in his pod, he has the softest vocalizations. One of his favorite forms of reinforcement is extra-large ice cubes.
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