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Kasatka performing "The Shamu Adventure". The stage at Shamu Stadium has since been redesigned to accommodate the new "One Ocean" show.

Kasatka is a female orca who lives at SeaWorld San Diego and the mother of Takara,[1] Nakai,[2] Kalia.[3] and Makani. She was captured off the coast of Iceland on October 26, 1978, at the age of less than two years.[4] She was estimated to be born around late 1976. Her name probably comes from the Russian word Kasatka (Russian: Косатка), a generic name for orcas. She is 17.7 feet (5.4 m) long and weighs 5,950 pounds (2,700 kg).[5]

Kasatka became a grandmother for the first time when her daughter Takara gave birth to her first calf, a female born May 3, 2002, named Kohana. Takara gave birth a second time, on November 23, 2005, to a male named Trua in SeaWorld Orlando. Kasatka was separated from Takara on April 24, 2004, where she was moved to SeaWorld Orlando. Takara has since given birth in 2010, to a female calf named Sakari. Takara had another daughter in 2013, named Kamea. Kalia gave birth to Kasatka's fifth grandchild and fourth granddaughter, Amaya, on December 2, 2014 at 12:34 pm. Takara is currently pregnant with Kasatka's sixth grandchild and her fifth calf, which is due in spring 2017.

Kasatka has shown aggression to humans. In 1993 Kasatka tried to bite a trainer during a show, and again in 1999.[6] On November 30, 2006, Kasatka grabbed the same trainer from the 1999 incident, Ken Peters, and dragged him underwater twice during their show.[7] The trainer survived with minor injuries.[8]

Kasatka gave birth to her fourth calf, a male, on February 14, 2013.[9] He was later named Makani. "At birth Makani (Hawaiian for "Wind") measured about 6.5 feet and weighed in between 300 and 350 pounds. His father is Kshamenk, via artificial insemination."[10]


  1. ^ "A whale of a birth: Crowd gets rare show". The Item. 10 July 1991. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Whale gives birth to baby at SeaWorld". Reading Eagle. 3 September 2001. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "CBS News: A 'Killer' Birth In San Diego". Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "How Orky and Kasatka almost sank Seaworld". Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Kasatka" Beyond the Blue. Retrieved 14 February 2009.
  6. ^ Repard, Pauline (2006-11-30). "Killer whale bites trainer, takes him to tank bottom". SignOnSanDiego.com. Archived from the original on 2009-05-01. 
  7. ^ "Near Death At SeaWorld: Worldwide Exclusive Video" Huffington Post July 24, 2012.
  8. ^ "Killer whale attacks Sea World trainer" CNN November 30, 2006.
  9. ^ [1] 10 News February 20, 2013.
  10. ^ http://www.orcahome.de/orcastat.htm