06 October 2010

Another tragic killer whale death occurs at SeaWorld Orlando

In the latest in a string of sad incidents to happen at SeaWorld Orlando this year, it was reported yesterday that yet another killer whale has died at the park.

Kalina, a 25 year old whale, showed no signs of illness or distress over the weekend, but died suddenly on Monday evening. Kalina was the first orca to be born and raised in captivity at the SeaWorld parks, and is the second whale to die there in the last few months. Taima, 20 years old, passed from complications while trying to give birth in June. It is thought that she was unable to pass the calf, whose father was Tilikum the largest killer whale in captivity, and the whale responsible for the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in February.

In their natural environment, female killer whales are expected to reach the age of between 50 and 80 years according to the National Marine Fisheries Service, while males typically live for 30 to 60 years. Of the 24 whales that have died at SeaWorld Marine parks over the last 25 years, all of them were under 30 years old.

SeaWorld has said it will conduct an autopsy to pinpoint the exact cause of death - the results will take up to six weeks.

Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

Photo credit: cc: flickr.com/photos/diogocortiz


  1. It's time for joins like Sea Torture to shut their doors. Enough with humans using animals as sick forms of entertainment. Watch TV or go to a movie if you are really that bored.

  2. There has been 4 whales to die there in 4 months-
    Taima and her baby which was pulled out from Taima using chains & a wench, Sumar and now Kalina

  3. I disagree. These parks do NOT torture their animals. It's in fact quite the opposite. My father has work for Busch parks for over 25 years. These parks are meant to help increase animal preservation.

    While I do disagree with the concept of the "show" and training these animals, I disagree that they torture their animals. They're only trying to help.

  4. When is the public going to realize the horrible price these sentient creatures are paying for their entertainment? It's like asking a human being to perform in a phone booth.

  5. Anonymous,

    What occurs at these theme parks equates to a form of torture regardless of the intent of those who are responsible.

    If you were being held in a room the size of a phone booth for the rest of your life by a person who didn't really mean you harm, is that okay in your opinion? Or are you a prisoner nonetheless? These creatures need space to roam, without it they are nothing prisoners, period.

  6. Taima's calf was not pulled out using chains and a wench. He was removed during her necropsy.

  7. And Sumar lived in at SeaWorld San Diego, not Orlando.

  8. Taima's calf was not pulled out using chaines and a wench... Really?? Not even close. A few members of my family work with SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, and Scripps for as long as I can remember, and I never once remember seeing them abuse these animals or even talk about it. They really and truely do the best they can to take care of these animals, that's why it makes me laugh when I hear people say that trainers beat them and starve them and what not. I'm not saying I'm for or against captivity, but I don't think that if they're released that they'll survive. And if it's going to come to that, and you think they should be released, then I think all zoos and other marine parks should release their animals as well because... Aren't they doing the same thing?Lets see how well they do too. And I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be good.