Orkid was born into captivity during a Shamu show at SeaWorld San Diego in 1988. In her 29 years of living in a tank, Orkid has experienced great loss.
Three days later after her birth, on the 26th of September 1988, her dad Orky 2 passed away after loosing an incredible amount of weight, his cause of death was records as “Acute Bronchopneumonia, Nephropathy” . At that point Orkid was still "name-less" and it was then that in memory of Orky 2 she was named Orkid.
When Orkid was 11 months old Kandu 5 had rammed into Corky II, which ended up injuring her and tearing an artery. She was drowning in her own blood and exhaling it through her blowhole. After her 45 minute ordeal, she bled to death. Her daughter, Orkid, was with her the entire time.
One of Orkid’s closest companions was Splash- a young whale with epilepsy. During epileptic episodes, Orkid would come to his aid and keep him afloat. In 1995, he suffered a seizure while playing with Orkid and crashed into a gate. This shattered his lower jaw and Splash was moved to the medical pool.
A week before his death Splash lost his appetite and was put onto antibiotics. He did not improve and his perforated stomach claimed him as his companions Orkid and Sumar watched from the medical pool gates.
While separated in different holding tanks, Orkid watched her friend Sumar die from Intestinal/Mesenteric Volvulus.
Sumar and Orkid were very close. During his final moments, Orkid would not leave Sumar’s side even while he was being removed from the tank.
Orkid has not progressed to killing a person – but she has been involved in 17 of 87 publicly recorded attacks on humans by SeaWorld whales.
After she dragged a trainer underwater in 2006, she was not allowed to do waterworks. Although Orkid is loved by her trainers and gets along well with most other orcas.
She has been AI’d (artificially inseminated) on numerous occasions and not one of these highly invasive procedures has ever resulted in a confirmed pregnancy.
She is an incredebly intelligent whale and has been observed many times, freeding the birds before trying to catch them.
Caption received and video edit: @cetacean_videos
Video credits: CetusCetus