This is the last generation of orcas in our care
But, they are still here and will be cared for at SeaWorld for decades to come.
Our goal is to help our guests, and the world, explore the wonders around them, and then inspire them to take action to protect wild animals and wild places. SeaWorld’s killer whales are vital to that mission, and while they will be the last generation of killer whales at SeaWorld, they will still be around for decades to come, inspiring millions of guests and people across the globe to take action with us today.
(Female, Age 2)
Amaya was born during a rare winter storm in San Diego.
(Female, Age 53)
She’s the oldest killer whale in all the SeaWorld parks, estimated to be 52 years old.
(Male, Age 14)
Ike is also known for having the largest blowhole and the biggest tongue of any of the whales in our pod.
(Female, Age 12)
Kalia came out of her shell at around nine months old, when she began interacting regularly with trainers.
(Male, Age 24)
Keet is a gentle giant and at just under 8,000 pounds, he loves nothing more than to spend quiet time with his trainers getting “loved on.”
(Male, Age 4)
Makani is a super playful whale that loves all toys, especially ones he can push and throw around the pool.
(Male, Age 15)
Nakai really enjoys learning new behaviors and it seems like he can almost guess what you’re going to ask him to do next!
(Female, Age 28)
Orkid is known as the puzzle solver and every day she impresses us with her intelligence by learning new and difficult behaviors very quickly.
(Female, Age 24)
Shouka loves to learn new behaviors and her favorite interactions seem to be playing with her behaviorists.
(Male, Age 39)
Ulises is SeaWorld San Diego's largest killer whale and is best known for splashing water with his massive tail flukes on our guests far beyond the Soak Zone at Shamu Stadium!
Research and Conservation
SeaWorld Supports Killer Whale Research and Conservation ProgramSeaWorld has committed $1.5 million over three years as part of a partnership with The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) through the Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program (KWRCP). Support of the KWRCP is part of SeaWorld’s $10 million pledge to fund research and conservation for killer whales in the wild – the largest private commitment of its kind. The KWRCP will focus on three strategies: increasing prey availability; improving habitat quality; and strengthening management through crucial research.
Science Supporting ConservationScientific research performed at SeaWorld is carried out by our own research staff, and by scientists from national and internationally-renowned universities and research organizations such as UCLA, the San Diego Zoo and the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute. We publish the results of our research in peer-reviewed journals, making it available to scientists, those who manage animal populations, and other interested people around the world. SeaWorld scientists have authored or co-authored hundreds of published papers.