Credit: Echobeluga

Keet is a 27 year old male orca who lives at SeaWorld San Diego. He was born at SeaWorld San Antonio on February 2,1993. His mother is Kalina and his father is Kotar.

Kalina became pregnant with her second calf and she was moved to Orlando leaving Keet behind when he was a year and a half. During his second stay in San Diego, he sired his first calf, Kalia. She was born to Kasatka on December 21, 2004. The two met when he returned to San Diego for the third time on February 27, 2012. Keet became a grandfather when Kalia gave birth to her first calf, Amaya, on December 2, 2014.

He sired his second calf when he returned to San Antonio in 2004. She was born on October 9, 2005 to Kayla and was named Halyn. Kayla rejected Halyn soon after birth and once she was older, was introduced to her father. 




Birth Place-SeaWorld San Antonio

Type of Birth-Tail First

Time of Birth-12:00 (CST)






Half Sisters

  • Takara (1991), Skyla (2004)


  • Keto (1995)

Half Brother

  • Tuar (1999)


  • Katerina*, Unna*, Nalani


  • Taku*, Ikaika, Makaio


  • Kohana, Sakari, Victoria*, Kamea, Kyara*, Ula


  • Trua, Adan


  • Trua, Unna's Stillbirth*, Nalani

Origin of Keet

  • Tlingit Indian for "Orca"
  • Pronounced: kee-T

Also Known as

  • Grandbaby Shamu


  • 350 lbs (1993)
  • 7,000 Ibs (February 2012)
  • 7,700 lbs (2015)
  • 8,000 lbs (March 2016)


  • 7 ft (1993)
  • 19 ft (2015)


  • 75% Icelandic
  • 25% Southern Resident

Keet is a very gentle orca and was a perfect companion for Halyn. Usually fathers don't play a role in raising calves, though he did very well with her. Sadly, Halyn died on June 15, 2008. He may have also been the father of Unna's stillborn in 2006 and Kayla's miscarriage in 2007.

Keet returned to San Diego again on February 27, 2012. Keet is gentle with other whales and his trainers. Even though he is a submissive orca, he gets along with all of the orcas in San Diego, while in San Antonio the dominant orcas would tend to pick on him more. Keet has never shown aggression towards his trainers and used to do waterworks before they were stopped in 2010. Keet is usually seen with Corky 2, Shouka, Ikaika and Makani, though he spends time with all of the whales. He has done very well with the young calves, occassionally playing with them. Keet is a very lazy whale, often seen relaxing throughout the day. 


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