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Kalina was a 25 year old female orca who was born on September 26, 1985 at SeaWorld Orlando. She was the first killer whale calf to be successfully born and raised in captivity and the first killer whale born at any SeaWorld park. Her mother is Katina and her father is Winston. Kalina passed away from bacteremia septicemia on October 4, 2010.

Kalina was used as a starter whale for trainers learning waterworks but was not the main one. This was Katina, her mother. She was very energetic and loved to please and get attention from trainers. She was known for wanting multiple trainers in the water with her at once.




Birthplace-SeaWorld Orlando

Type of Birth-Head First

Time of Birth-6:21 PM (EDT)

Date of Death-10/4/10

Place of Death-SeaWorld Orlando

Cause of Death-Bacteremia Septicemia





Great Grandchildren

Half Sisters

  • Baby Shamu 2 (1986)*, Katerina (1988)*, Unna (1996)*, Nalani (2006)

Half Brothers

  • Taku (1993)*, Ikaika (2002), Makaio (2010)

Unknown Siblings

  • Kandu 5's Stillbirth (1986)*


  • Nalani


  • Trua

Also known as

  • Original Baby Shamu
  • Kali
  • Lina


  • 4,444 lbs or 2,016 Kg (October 1993)
  • 5,000 lbs or 2,268 Kg (June 1999)
  • 5,960 lbs or 2,703 Kg (2008)


  • 16.9 ft or 5 m (1994)
  • 17 ft or 5.2 m (1999)
  • 18 ft or 5.5 m (2008)


  • 50% Icelandic
  • 50% Southern Resident

Katina gave birth to her second calf, Katerina, in 1988. Kalina assisted her mother with Katerina and was able to learn how to take care of a calf. On February 12, 1990, Kalina was transferred to SeaWorld Aurora and made her way to the other SeaWorld parks. While staying at SeaWorld San Antonio, Kalina became pregnant with her first calf after mating with Kotar. Kalina gave birth to her son Keet on February 2, 1993. 

Soon she became pregnant again, also with Kotar's calf. She was transferred back to SeaWorld Orlando on October 29, 1994, leaving Keet behind in Texas. On June 17, 1995, she gave birth to her second son Keto. On February 27, 1997, Kalina gave birth to a stillborn calf, this time sired by Tilikum.

She became pregnant two more times with Tilikum's calves. On June 22, 1999, she gave birth to another male calf. Originally he had been named Flash, but later a poll was held where he had been named Tuar. In November 2000, Kalina's best friend Taima gave birth to her son Tekoa. The four were often seen together. When Taima became aggressive towards Tekoa, Kalina raised him alongside Tuar. The two calves formed a close bond from there and became good friends.

Kalina gave birth to her first daughter on February 9, 2004. The female calf was named Skyla. Kalina was still raising Tekoa at the time of Skyla's birth. Eventually, her calves and Tekoa were moved to other parks. Although Kalina never went on to have more calves, she often cared for other calves throughout the years. When Taima gave birth to her daughter Malia, Kalina was often with them to help raise Malia. Kalina did very good with other calves and was often around to help teach them waterworks. 

Kalina was a rather submissive orca. Ocassionally, Kayla would show aggression to her but Kalina would later put her back in her place. She was a very energetic whale and would put a lot of effort into behaviors. She excelled at double and triple waterworks. She was also very bulky like her mother.

On October 4, 2010, trainers noticed Kalina had started showing signs of illness. Nothing unusual had been observed in the days leading up to her death. Unfortunately she passed away later that day.

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