Place of Capture: Hornafjöður, Iceland
Date of Capture: October 1989
Age at Capture: Approx. 4 years
In October 1989, the last group of whales were captured in Iceland and transferred immediately to the Hafnarfjordur Aquarium.
The government was determining whether to ban the capture of wild Orcas, resulting in the whales having to wait for their transfer from the Aquarium to be properly authorized.
In January 1990, a female named Sharkan and the male named Tanouk were moved to Marineland Antibes in France. Here they met the resident whales, a female named Freya and a male named Kim II. They seemed to get along well and were soon performing alongside each other.
During her time at the park, Sharkan shared dominance with Freya until the birth of Sharkan’s first calf in 1993 when she was just 8 years old; a female named Shouka.
In 1999, Sharkan gave birth to her second calf, a male named Inouk, and in 2001, a second female named Wikie. Shouka resides at SeaWorld San Diego today, while both Wikie and Inouk reside at Marineland Antibes.
After Kim II’s death in 2005, staff at the park hoped to artificially inseminate Sharkan, who apparently did well in learning the procedure.
Unfortunately, Sharkan died on January 3, 2009 due to an infection caused by Bacillus Pyocyanique.