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Credit: Valerie Broesch

Makani is an 8 year old male orca who was born on February 14, 2013 at SeaWorld San Diego. His mother is Kasatka and his father is Kshamenk through artificial insemination.

Kalia was present for the birth and assisted her mother through labor. On June 14, 2013, it was announced that he had been named Makani. The name was chosen by a poll.

Sex-Male

Age-8

Birthday-2/14/13

Birth Place-SeaWorld San Diego

Type of Birth-Tail First

Time of Birth-6:33 AM (PST)

Family

Parents

Half Sisters

  • Takara (1991), Kalia (2004), Kamea (2013)

Half Brother

  • Nakai (2001)

Nieces

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

Nephews

  • Trua, Adán

Origin of Makani

  • Hawaiian for "Wind"
  • Pronounced: mah KAH nee

Other Names Considered

  • Hako ("Chosen Son" in Scandinavian)
  • Valentino ("Strong" in Italian)

Weights

  • 350 lbs (February 2013)
  • 1,100 lbs (February 2014)
  • 1,600 lbs (2015)
  • 2,130 (October 2015)
  • 2,700 lbs (July 2017)

Lengths

  • 7 ft (February 2013)
  • 11 ft (February 2014)
  • 13 ft (July 2015)

Breed

  • 50% Icelandic
  • 50% Argentinian Transient


Makani is a very playful and energetic whale. At five months old, he could already be seen playing on the slide out. He spends most of his time with Corky, Keet and Ikaika, though he can be seen with any member of the pod. He can often be seen playing with guests in the underwater viewing area. He spent a lot of time with his mother, before she passed away in August 2017.

Kasatka_Giving_Birth_to_Makani

Kasatka Giving Birth to Makani

Meet_Makani_SeaWorld®

Meet Makani SeaWorld®

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