Knootka was one of the first transient (mammal eating) orcas to be captured for captivity at the age of 4. Knootka was bought by Sealand of the Pacific where she was forced to eat dead frozen fish, something very new and unnatural for her, but she was forced to eat it during her entire captive life. She started raking fellow transient, Chimo (the albino orca) and decisions were then made to send her to Japanese Deer Park in California. She was only there for about year when she was moved to Seven Seas Texas. There are rumours she was abused and treated very poorly there. Knootka lived there for 3 year, until she was moved back up to Canada, but this time at Marineland in 1975. Knootka had been alone for four and a half years at the previous parks, so this was yet another adjustment for her. She never settled in very well at Marineland, but spent 10 and a half years there. The only orca she seemed to get along well with was Kandu 2 and the duo often performed together. In 1986, after 16 years in captivity, Knootka was moved yet again! This time, to Seaworld San Diego. She didn’t fit in very well, but seemed to get along with Kandu 5. She was used in shows very soon after her transfer. Knootka died in 1990, four years after arriving at Seaworld. Her official cause of death is pneumonia though Seaworld claims she had been battling an infection, and that old age played a factor. Knootka was only 24 when she died.
She had spent 20 years on captivity, at a whopping 5 different parks. Having to adjust to so many environments, change her diet, and meet so many different whales more than likely took a tole on her mental and physical health.