Valentin, who was born at Marineland Antibes on February 13th 1996, just a night before Valentine's day. Valentin was Freya's only surviving calf out of five. The two were very close and could often be seen performing together up until her death in June 2015.
His mother Freya*, a wild-caught Icelandic orca, died in June from a long, unidentified illness. She was in her early thirties.
His wild-caught Icelandic father, Kim 2*, died at Marineland Antibes in November 2005 at 23-24 years of age.
Valentin's dorsal fin was partially collapsed and would have likely fully collapsed in time. He was intermittently put on medication for safety during orca water work sessions (he was aggressive towards his trainers on several occasions), as well as to curb excessive sexual behaviours with his half sister and brother, Wikie and Inouk, as well as his own mother, Freya. Semen samples were also collected from Valentin as part of the facility's Artificial Insemination programme.
Earlier 2000s, young Valentin pulled trainer John Hargrove under the water by his socks and tried to remove them, the behaviour continued for two weeks.
Sometime before May 2001, young Valentin swam at trainer Lindsay Rubincam open-mouthed and thrashing.
Valentin displayed several stereotypic behaviours (abnormal, repetitive behaviours indicative of stress), including burping, chewing concrete and bumping his head against tank walls and gates. He also had a pronounced skin condition on his chin.
On November 20, 2013, Valentin's half sister, Wikie, gave birth to her second calf, Keijo. The father has not been confirmed by Marineland, but Valentin is the suspected father.
Valentin passed on October 12, 2015, when he was 19 years old. He leaves behind Inouk, Wikie and Wikie's two calves, Moana and Keijo at Marineland Antibes.
Caption and video edit: @cetacean_videos
Video credits: Marineland Antibes and unknown