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Name- Seaworld San Diego

Location- San Diego California

Built- March 1964

Orcas Held Since- December 1965

Current Number of Orcas- 7 (4 females, 3 males)

Number of Births- 7

Number of Deaths- 15

Total Orcas kept altogether- 32

Tanks- The current show pool is 36 feet deep, 180 feet long and 90 feet wide, and holds 2,491,400 gallons of water. The two side pools are 15 feet deep and 150 feet long and 80 feet wide, and holds 1,058,500 gallons of water. The closeup tank, where the underwater viewing area is located is 30 feet deep, and the medical pool is 8 feet deep, and holds 67,600 gallons of water.

Seaworld San Diego opened up in 1964, by a group of UCLA graduates who had originally planned to create an underwater restauraunt, when that idea failed to work out they turned it into a Marine Zoological park and Seaworld San Diego was born. It did not acquire its first orca until 1965, a female named Shamu*. Since then they have housed a total of 32 orcas all together, have had births and deaths as well at the park. Seaworld San Diego, unlike the other two seaworld parks, seems to have more educational exhibits.

More photos: http://orcahome.de/sandiego.htm

-Seaworld California Aerial tank view


 

 

Name- Seaworld Orlando Florida

Location- Orlando Florida

Built-1973

Orcas Held Since- 1975

Current Number of Orcas- 9 (7 females, 2 males)

Number of Births- 15

Number of Deaths- 8

Total Orcas kept altogether- 30

Tanks- The current show pool is 36 feet deep, 190 feet long, and 90 feet wide. The two tanks behind the show pool are both 70 feet in length, and 25 feet deep. The shading tank is 20 feet deep, and 100 feet in length, the medical pool is 20 feet long, and the closeup tank consisting of the underwater viewing area is 36 feet deep, 220 feet long, and 70 feet wide.

Seaworld Orlando first opened in 1973, but it wasnt until 1975 when they acquired their first two orcas, a male by the name of Ramu*, and female named Sandy*. Today Seaworld Orlando is perhaps the more popular parks in the Seaworld chain, considering its location in Orlando, near many other attractions such as Disney World, Universal Studios, Aquatica, and Discovery Cove. Since it's opening, Seaworld Orlando has been the home to atleasy 30 orcas, and was the birthplace of the first successful captive born calf, Kalina, who remains there to this day.

More Photos: http://orcahome.de/orlando.htm

-View of Seaworld Orlando Orca tanks from Sky Tower


 

 

Name- Seaworld San Antonio

Location- San Antonio Texas

Built- 1988

Orcas held since- 1988

Current number of Orcas- 4 (3 males, 1 female)

Total Births- 3

Total Deaths- 8

Total Orcas kept altogether- 18

Tanks- The current show pool is around 40 feet deep, 220 feet long, 150 feet wide, and holds 2,110,000 gallons of water. The two side pools are both 25 feet deep, 115 feet long, 69 feet wide, and hold 998,000 gallons of water. The Medical pool is 10 feet deep, 26 feet long, 42 feet wide, and holds 60,000 gallons of water.

Seaworld San Antonio was the 4th Seaworld constructed over the years (the third being Seaworld Ohio which was sold to Six Flags and closed down). It has more of an ammusement park theme to it, with more thrill rides than the other Seaworld parks. Out of the three parks, it has the deepest show tank, at 40 feet deep. Throughout the years, Seaworld Texas has housed around 18 orcas, and to this day is a popular Texas tourist destination.

More Pictures: http://orcahome.de/sanantonio.htm

- Aerial view of Seaworld Texas' Orca tanks


 

 

Name- Miami Seaquarium

Location- Miami Florida

Built- 1955

Orcas held since- 1968

Current number of Orcas- 1 female

Total Births- 0

Total Deaths- 1

Tanks- The current show pool is only 35 feet wide, 80 feet long, and 18 feet deep, while the back pool is 38 feet wide, 60 feet long, and 10 feet deep.

Miami Seaquarium opened its doors in 1955 as a small marine park on the Miami Coast. However it didnt acquire its first orcas until 1968, when a female named Lolita, and a male named Hugo* were purchased and sent there. Hugo died in 1980 from a brain aneurism after ramming his head into the side of the tank, Lolita however is still alive today. Miami Seaquarium is the target of many extremist attacks to this day, accusing it of the conditions of their orca tank, and continously press for Lolita's release. The orca tanks are by law, too small to house orcas, however MSQ has managed to get away from this, their funds are too insufficiant to construct a larger tank, despite many past efforts. Due to the fact the tank is so small, Lolita's tail is almost always touching the tank bottom. Despite these facts, Lolita is still well cared for and loved, and is very healthy.

More Photos: http://orcahome.de/miami.htm

-Miami Seaquarium Orca tank


 

 

Name- Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Location- Vallejo California

Built- (SFDK itself opened in this area in 2001, however it is on the sight of an old marine park that was built in 1968_

Current number of orcas- 1 female

Total Births- 0

Total Deaths- 0

Tanks- The current show pool is 130 feet long, 65 feet wide, 28 feet deep, and holds 1,650,000 gallons of water. There are also 3 back pools.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom sits on the sight of the old Marine World Africa marine park, which started holding orcas in 1968, until their final orca Vigga*, died in 2000. After the sale of Seaworld Ohio, which eventually became Six Flags Ohio, Six Flags Ohio purchased the land where Marine World Africa once stood, and moved their park there, thus in 2004, Six Flags Ohio closed down, and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo California opened its doors. Currently the park houses only one orca, a female by the name of Shouka, attempts have been made to acquire Kshamenk, the lone bull at Acurio Mundo Marino in Argentina, to be transferred to Six Flags, and provide the posibility for Shouka to have a tankmate, however all attempts have failed, due to the fact Kshamenk was captured in Argentinian waters, and is not allowed to leave the country. SFDK not only holds orcas, but other animals as well such as sealions and dolphins etc, and has the atmosphere of a basic theme park, with thrill rides etc.

More Photos: http://orcahome.de/vallejo.htm

Vigga (left) and Yaka     -SFDK Orca tanks


 

 

Name- Marineland Canada

Location- Niagara Falls Ontario Canada

Built- 1961

Current number of Orcas- 3 (2 females, 1 male)

Total Births- 11

Total Deaths- 1

Total Orcas held- 23

Tanks- The exact specifications of the tanks at MLF are unknown, however the orcas are currently in an enviroment divided into 3 tanks, simply named A, B, and C.

Marineland Canada opened its doors in 1961, originally just called Niagara Game Farm. It acquired it's first orcas in 1972, one simply called Whale, and a male named Kandu 2. Orcas here have adapted to the cold climates that reach Canada during the winter. The park is relatively quaint, it also houses dolphins and belugas, and a few rides commonly found at theme parks. Throughout its years in service, it has held 23 orcas.

More Photos: http://orcahome.de/ontario.htm

 Nootka 5, Kiska and Hudson (top to bottom)-Marineland Canada Orca tanks


 

 

Name- Acuario Mundo Marino

Location- Beunos Aires Argentinia

Built- 1978

Current number of Orcas- 1 male

Orcas held since- 1985

Total Births- 0

Total Deaths- 3

Total Orcas held- 4

Tanks- The current show pool is 108 feet long, 49 feet wide, 20 feet deep, and holds 449,100 gallons of water. There are also two other pools ahead of the show pool, a birds eye view of the tanks makes it look like it has a Mickey Mouse shape.

Mundo Marino opened up in 1978, however didnt acquire its first orca until 1985, when a male named Milagaro* was brought to the park. Later on in 1988, they acquired their second orca, a young female named Belen*, and finally in 1992, acquired their final whale, a male named Kshamenk, who is the only survivor of the three. Supposedly the tank has a poor heating system, thus temperatures vary deeply in the enviroment for its current lone orca.

More Photos: http://orcahome.de/acuariomm.htm

-Mundo Marino Orca Tanks


 

 

Name- Kamogawa Seaworld

Location- Chiba-Prefecture Japan

Built- 1970

Orcas held since- 1970

Current number of Orcas- 5 (3 females, 2 males)

Total Births- 5

Total Deaths- 9

Total Orcas Held- 17

Tanks- The current show tank is about 102 feet long, 65 feet wide, 270 feet around, 21 feet deep, and holds around 924,703 gallons of water. The rear tank is 60 feet long, 42 feet wide, 15 feet deep, and holds around 343,500 gallons of water.

Kamogawa Seaworld opened its doors in 1970, and acquired its first orcas, Jumbo*, and Chappy*, the same year. KSW is perhaps the most famous of the Japanese parks currently holding orcas. The parks orca tanks arent entirely known for their size, however they seem fit for the current number of orcas held at the park. In 1998, KSW became the first Japanese park to have a successfully born captive orca, a little female named Lovey. Lovey today is now also expecting a calf of her own, due sometime in October.

More Photos: http://orcahome.de/kamogawa.htm

-Kamogawa Seaworld Orca tanks


 

 

Name- Taiji Whaling Museum

Location- Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan

Built- 1969

Orcas held since- 1978

Current number of Orcas- 1 female

Total Births- 0

Total Deaths- 5

Total Orcas Held- 6

Tanks- The orca holding facility isn't necessarily a tank, but more so a secluded seapen with access to the ocean, which is blocked off by a concrete wall. The pen is around 395 feet long, 164 feet wide, around 6 1/2- 20 feet deep, depending on the area, and holds around 6,465,000 gallons of water.

Taiji Whaling museum opened in 1969, but didnt get their first orca until 1978, when a male by the name of Taiji arrived. The whaling museum is home to numerous whaling artifacts of today and yesteryear, as well as many whale specimins on display. Today only one orca remains, a female by the name of Nami. Plans have been made to move Nami to an aquarium in Bejiing China, along with another female named Ku, who is currently residing at the Port of Nagoya public Aquarium in Nagoya Japan, however the results of this move are uncertain due to the fact that Ku and Nami have a history of dominance with eachother.

More Photos: http://orcahome.de/taijimuseum.htm

-Taiji Whaling Museum Orca cove


 

Name- Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

Location- Nagoya Japan

Built- ?

Orcas held since- 2003

Current number of Orcas- 1 female

Total Births- 0

Total Deaths- 0

Total Orcas held- 1

Tanks- The current show pool is around 195 feet long, 98 feet wide, and is 39 feet deep. The two rear pools are both 39 feet deep as well

The Port of Nagoya Aquarium acquired their first orca in 2003, a female named Ku who had been moved from the Taiji Whaling Museum. The aquarium is the first Japanese park to experiment around with artificial insemination in an attempt to impregnate Ku, however this has not happened yet. They have the largest orca tanks currently held in Japan, however no one is sure how much longer Ku will call Nagoya her home, plans have been made for her to be moved along with another female named Nami to a soon to be constructed aquarium in Beijiing China.

More Photos: http://orcahome.de/nagoya.htm

-Port of Nagoya Orca tanks


 

Name- Marineland Cote D' Azur

Location- Antibes, France

Built- 1969

Orcas held since- 1969

Current number of Orcas- 5 (3 females, 2 males)

Total Births- 4

Total Deaths- 5

Total Orcas held- 14

Tanks- Marineland Antibes has the largest holding facility for it's orcas. The current tank is 210 feet long, 100 feet wide, and 40 feet deep. The tank however has barriers, thus making it seem as though their are more tanks than their actually are.

Marineland Antibes is perhaps one of the largest oceanariums in existance. It has the largest holding tanks for its Orcas, roughly the size of a lagoon. The owner and builder of Marineland wanted to create an educational enviroment for people to learn about the magnificant creatures of the sea, and it seems as though he did just that. In 1993, MLF became famous to raise the first captive born orca in France, a little girl named Shouka, who now currently resides at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in California. Plans have been made for later in 2008, to transfer MLF's two only males; Inouk and Valentin, to a park on the Spanish mainland, leaving only females at Marineland, perhaps sooner or later they will try to experiment with artificial insemination, however rumors are also going around that a Seaworld male will sooner or later be sent there on a breeding loan.

More Photos: http://orcahome.de/antibes.htm

-Marineland Antibes Orca Tank


 

Name- Loro Parque

Location- Tenerife, Spain (Canary Islands)

Built- 1972

Orcas held since- 2006

Current number of Orcas- 4 (2 males, 2 females)

Total Births- 0

Total Deaths- 0

Total Orcas- 4

Tanks- The show tank is around 395 feet in length and has a depth of 39 feet. Their are also rear pools, however their specifications aren't exactly known

Loro Parque opened up in the Canary Islands in 1972, at first it was just a bird park, but throughout the years, their collection and variety of animals began to expan. They currently have Europes largest dolphin pool, and are considered saviors for many of their animals who have either been beaten by their previous owners or outcasts in their previous groups. In 2006, Loro Parque constructed Orca tanks, and acquired their first orcas, Keto, Kohana, Tekoa, and Skyla, on a breeding loan from Seaworld, however they were later purchased by the park and are now regulars who perform in 3 shows daily.

More Photos: http://orcahome.de/loro.htm

- Loro Parque Orca Tanks