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Seaworld’s Gene Puddle

You’re going to have to look at the high res version to read it!

I’ve had this planned out for a while now, took quite a while to complete! This was a collaboration with the wonderful AnoOrca on deviantart who edited it together and helped make my ideas literate facts. I did all of the graphics and math, they did everything else. 
The subject is obviously Seaworld’s breeding program. We tried our best to keep the information fact based.

This was definitely a fun piece to due, and really awesome digital practice! 


Name: Kanduke

Sex: Male

Bloodtype: 100% Bigg’s Transient

Estimated Birth Date: 1974

Age at Capture: 1

Date of Capture:  Aug 16th 1975

Place of Capture: Pedder Bay, BC

Captured With: Nootka 3

Transfers & Tankmates: 
Pedder Bay Seapen: Aug 16th 1975 – Sep 18th 1975: Nootka 3
Marineland Ontario: Sep 18th 1975 – Jan 9th 1987: Kandu 2, Nootka, Katina, Kiska, Keiko, Caren, King, Nootka V, Junior, Kandu VII SAE-OO-C8106, SAE-OO-C7906
SeaWorld Orlando: Jan 9th 1987 – Sep 20th 1990: Kahana, Kasatka, Kona 2, Kotar, Kalina, Katina, Gudrun, Katerina, Taima

Mother: Innis T-7

Siblings: Arrow T-7A, Spiller T-7B, Blunden T-7C

Nephews and Nieces: T-7B1, T7B2, T7B4

Offspring: SWF-OO-U8701 (Died with mother) Katerina (deceased) Taima (deceased)

Grand-Offspring: Sumar (deceased) Tekoa, Malia

Age at Death: 15

Date of Death: Sep 20th 1990

Place of Death: SeaWorld Orlando

Cause of Death: Bacterial Pneumonia

Size & Identifiers: 12,275lbs and 22ft long. He is still to this day the largest recorded orca ever to be held in captivity. Tilikum is the second largest by only a few pounds. Kanduke had beautifully abstract eyepatches, as well, probably due to being a Bigg’s Transient.

Kanduke and his podmate Nootka 3 were both captured and put in a seapen until they were sold to a marine park in Canada called Marineland Ontario. They were transferred there and soon joined by Jandy 2, the park’s resident male orca. Kanduke spent time in the infamous warehouse indoor pool before being allowed into the main pool. Marineland purchased many new orcas in 1978-79. Even with all the new additions, Kanduke, Nootka 3 and Kandu 2 were the only performers at the park. In 1987, SeaWorld bought Kanduke and moved him to SeaWorld Orlando. There, he met two females and eventually mated with both of them. He also met another male named Kotar and unfortunately, Kanduke didn’t get along well with him. Kotar actually bit Kanduke’s penis, injuring him pretty severely. The two were permanently separated  after the incident and Kotar was sent to the new Texas park. In 1988, Kanduke’s first daughter was born to Katina, and in 1987, Gudrun gave birth to Taima. It is not known if he met his daughters before he died on September 20th, 1990.

 Kanduke’s death is one of the most traumatic orca deaths in captivity, next to Kandu 5. At SeaWorld Orlando, Kanduke was mainly kept alone unless he was participating in shows, so he spent a lot of time logging at the surface of the water where clouds of mosquitos would swarm on his back. According to Dean Gomersall, who was present at the time of Kanduke’s death, no one paid any mind to the fact that he could get bitten and contract a virus that was going around due to mosquitos, but he did.

On September 20th, Dean Gomersall and another trainer were called to Shamu Stadium to help with an orca that was potentially dying. They arrived to see Kanduke in a stretcher, held up above the water in a med pool. Dean was told to hold his pectoral flipper and attempt to keep him calm. He was standing close enough to his head that he could see Kanduke’s eye and Dean was told that if his eye turns red, to back away, because he would be starting the “death swim”. The death swim consists of the animal’s eyes turning red, then throwing it’s body left and right violently until the animal dies. When Kanduke’s eye turned red, Dean backed away and watched in horror as Kanduke attempted to violently writhe in the stretcher and then he opened his mouth and began spewing gallons and gallons of blood until he rolled over and died. It was horribly traumatic for everyone involved to watch him die, then to witness his body being chopped up into pieces for disposal. It is rumored that Kanduke’s corpse was made into dog food. 




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. 

Captivity kills