port of nagoya


Bingo was captured 29 years ago this month. He was stolen from Icelandic waters, just like Tilikum. Bingo is the most successful breeding male in Japan. Bingo spent most of his life at Kamogawa, but was moved to Port of Nagoya in Dec 2011. He is father of the first calf born in Japan, Lovey. He has gone on to sire four more daughters, Lara, Sarah, Ran 2 and Rin.  He had two unsuccessful pregnancies with Maggie. Bingo is also known as Thor.


Gender: Female
Pod: N/A
Place of Capture: Hatajiri Bay, Japan
Date of Capture: February 9, 1997
Age at Capture: Approx. 5 years

A group of 10 Orcas were captured on February 9, 1997 in Hatajiri Bay in Japan. Five of the whales were released, while the remaining five whales were kept and sold to marine parks.

One of the females, known as Ku, was sold to the Taiji Whaling Museum. When she arrived, her health immediately began to deteriorate and she lost weight. She reportedly had several tumors that were removed after being discovered. She was sickly for about a year until she finally began to recover and eat properly.

Ku was soon placed with the Museum’s other female, named Nami. However, Nami was an aggressive whale, and the pair were separated as they did not get along. Ku was the friendlier whale who was often used to interact with guests, sometimes being touched by them.

In October 2003, Ku was sent to the Port of Nagoya Aquarium on a 5 year breeding loan. Ku was trained for Artificial Insemination and staff hoped she would become pregnant; but she disliked the procedure and it was stopped with her.

Ku performed alongside several smaller dolphins and was typically a very friendly whale. In the mid-2000’s, however, she was recorded lunging at a trainer standing on the slideout who had been reaching over into a bucket of fish.

In July 2008, Ku began refusing to eat and became very ill. She was moved to the medical pool where she slowly got better and recovered in August.

Unfortunately, on September 19, 2008, Ku was found dead at the bottom of the medical pool due to apparent heart failure. She had reportedly contracted a Herpes virus that weakened her immune system.

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Gender: Female
Pod: N/A
Place of Capture: Taiji, Japan
Date of Capture: October 1985
Age at Capture: Approx. 3 years

Sometime in October 1985, several Orcas were captured in Taiji, Japan. Three of the whales were released, while two were sent to the Taiji Whaling Museum; a male named Goro and a female named Nami. Goro was sold within a month, but Nami remained and was placed inside of a sea pen.

However, Nami was often very temperamental and aggressive towards her trainers, and was never used for waterworks or allowed to interact with the public. She was mostly used to perform basic behaviors.

During her time at the Museum, she would meet 3 other whales; Shachi, Asuka, and Ku. Unfortunately, Ku and Nami did not get along, and were separated for the 6 years they were at the Museum until Ku was sent to the Port of Nagoya Aquarium in 2003.

In 2008, it was believed that Nami was to be sold to a marine park in China, but was, instead, sold in February 2010 to the Port of Nagoya Aquarium for 5 million yen as part of a breeding program. When she arrived, she was placed with a dolphin and managed to befriend it, despite her negative history with other captive cetaceans.

Nagoya had made plans with Kamogawa Sea World to transfer two of their whales, Bingo and Stella, to Nagoya in 2011. It was hoped that Bingo and Nami would mate and produce a calf, but the tsunami in Japan that year delayed the transfer.

Unfortunately, Nami died on January 14, 2011 due to Pneumonia and a Fungal Infection (Pulmonary Zygomycosis with Cunninghamella bertholletiae). She had become sick twice but never fully recovered before her death.

During her necropsy, it was discovered that while she was still being held at the Taiji Whaling Museum, Nami had swallowed 491 stones, weighing a total of 180lbs.

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Gender: Female
Pod: N/A
Place of Capture: Born at Port of Nagoya Aquarium, Japan
Date of Capture: Born November 13, 2012
Age at Capture: Captive born
Current Location: Port of Nagoya Aquarium, Japan

On November 13, 2012, the Icelandic female Stella gave birth to her fifth calf at the Port of Nagoya Aquarium; a female named Rin, sired by the Icelandic male Bingo.

Stella, Bingo, and one of their daughters, Ran II, were all moved to the Port of Nagoya Aquarium in December 2011 following the devastating 2011 Tsunami. At the time of their move, Stella was already 7 months pregnant with Rin.

Unfortunately, Bingo died in August 2014, leaving behind Stella and 2 of her daughters - Ran II and Rin.

Today, Rin is 2 years old and remains at the Port of Nagoya Aquarium with her mother and sister. It is unclear if there are any future plans to breed them, as the only way would be through Artificial Insemination of the transfer of an unrelated breeding male to the Aquarium.

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Orca Captivity Facts
  • At least 144 orcas have been taken into captivity from the wild since 1961 (including Pascuala and Morgan).
  • 125 of these (or 87%) orcas are now dead.  
  • In the wild, male orcas live to an average of 30 years (maximum 50-60 years) and 46 years for females (maximum 80-90 years).
  • Of the 33 orcas that have been born in captivity and have since died (excluding stillbirths), they survived an average of 4.5 years.
  • In total, 158 orcas have died in captivity, including 28 miscarried or still-born calves.
  • SeaWorld holds 23 orcas in its three parks in the United States and owns (at least) a further four at Loro Parque in Spain (ownership of Adan and Morgan not verified). At least forty-four orcas have died at SeaWorld.

This photo of Stella’s dorsal was uploaded to the Kamogawa SW page by a visitor. 



We introduce in the photo the status of injuries Stella


It went to the sympathy of injuries that Stella’s yesterday and today, it has to go to the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, has received a loan from the Kamogawa Sea World. State of injury is as shown in the photograph, but sometimes, you can have a new bleeding, mood is a look evil so it is often painful. Stella is hurt, it is about 35 days, but training is also modest, treatment of injuries is likely far from over. I wish Stella injuries to heal as soon as possible.

Photos of Bingo trying to mate with his 7 year old daughter Ran.

Photos appeared last year of 30 year old Bingo attempting to mate with Ran, and new photos show that it’s still happening. By captivity standards Ran is will be old enough to have a calf soon, sparking fears that we may soon have yet another inbreed orca calf being born. 

They are housed at Port of Nagoya in Japan.