SeaWorld Tragedies Continue As Female Killer Whale Dies While Giving Birth to Stillborn Calf

June 7th, 2010 by Webmaster


Killer whale Taima, bottom, nudges her newborn calf toward the surface of the water for her first breath at SeaWorld on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000, in Orlando, Fla. Taima died in child birth on June 6, 2010. ( (AP Photo/SeaWorld, Chris Gotshall, HO))

IDA is deeply saddened by the death of Taima, a long-suffering 20-year-old captive killer whale who died prematurely and unnaturally while giving birth to her stillborn calf yesterday at SeaWorld in Orlando. Her life was as upsetting as her death..

Captive breeding of killer whales by SeaWorld or other commercial aquaria does not contribute to meaningful conservation of the species since any surviving calf would not be released back into the wild. Instead, breeding programs simply replenish the population of imprisoned killer whales who normally die decades before their wild counterparts.  SeaWorld’s bottom line is to profit financially by using killer whales to entertain the public, not to protect wild killer whales and their habitats.

The father of Taima’s stillborn calf is Tilikum, the six-ton killer whale also held at SeaWorld in Orlando. Ever since he killed his trainer in February, he’s been stuck in yet a smaller tank where he floats listlessly at the surface because of the lack of space he has to barely turn around. Since he is not participating in any shows for the time being, his main worth to SeaWorld is his semen, which is taken from him to breed more animals and make more money.  Katina, a 32-year old killer whale also at SeaWorld in Orlando, is currently carrying his calf and is due in late October. 

What You Can Do:

Even if you have already responded to our previous requests for public comments, please do so again. Urge the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to phase out marine parks and, until then, create stricter regulations and oversight for facilities with public display permits, and prohibit any further captive breeding or captures of marine mammals from the wild. Please commemorate the death of Taima and her stillborn calf in the official public comment record. We must use this opportunity to urge NMFS to stop any further dolphin captive breeding programs including killer whales, the largest species in the dolphin family.

Please submit your polite comments
on or before this Thursday, June 10 at 5:00 p.m., EST.

9 Responses to “SeaWorld Tragedies Continue As Female Killer Whale Dies While Giving Birth to Stillborn Calf”

  1. April 15, 2013 at 4:37 am, Antone Bejil said:

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  2. August 07, 2011 at 11:15 am, Serena said:

    Baby orca name


  3. August 07, 2011 at 11:14 am, Serena said:

    It cute


  4. April 06, 2011 at 6:31 am, ILONA FULNECZKOVÁ said:



  5. October 17, 2010 at 6:10 pm, Rose Stubberfield said:

    I am absolutely outraged at this inhumane treatment of sea life. All of these parks need to be eliminated because they are wildlife…simply put. They belong in deep oceans. This is so disturbing that I feel frustrated. I feel almost helpless to the fat cats who run the political system, which is based on a crooked capitalist ground. We need to stop this now. These mammals are a part of us. We are all connected in this world. These creatures do not deserve to suffer!


  6. October 08, 2010 at 1:58 pm, sydney said:

    for a seconed time these whales are not abused and the water is not filled with clorine


  7. October 08, 2010 at 9:34 am, Yet Another Premature Death of an Orca at SeaWorld – Kalina said:

    most orcas there die before they reach 20.   This year alone, the public display of orcas at SeaWorld has caused four deaths in the last four months.  (The fourth was Taima’s stillborn calf.)  In addition to the orca deaths, two people have


  8. June 11, 2010 at 5:50 am, JerreLee Gaetani said:

    I am also deeply saddened on hearing of the death of Taima and her calf. I am also sickened and heartbroken that so many people see nothing wrong with keeping living beings confined for profit. The conservation of species can and is being done in the wild in their natural environments. The only solution I can think of is EDUCATION. We must educate our children so they will not make the same mistakes of our generation and hopefully move toward eliminating forever all of these inhumane facilities.


  9. June 08, 2010 at 3:18 pm, natalie reed said:



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