Sheila Pell 11 a.m., Oct. 22
New killer whale at Sea World has shown aggression toward trainers
Sea World San Diego has taken possession of a new killer whale, bringing the number of orcas in local captivity to nine. Shouka, a 19 year-old female, was born at an aquatic park in France and spent time at another facility in Ohio before landing at her most recent home, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California.
Shouka flew to San Diego via Oakland on Monday, and is reportedly getting along well with Corky, another female orca in Sea World’s collection. She was previously the only killer whale in residence at Discovery Kingdom, where she had allegedly formed bonds with bottlenose dolphins before their being removed to another tank for undisclosed reasons.
Like other whales in Sea World San Diego’s history, Shouka comes with a checkered past. She recently was captured on video lunging aggressively at a trainer, a misbehavior that caused Six Flags to move all trainers beyond a protective barrier when working with her.
Sea World plans to incorporate her into the amusement park chain’s popular daily shows once she acclimates to her new surroundings, the Los Angeles Times reports. She may also be used as part of the park’s captive breeding program.