Is the Original Shamu Alive?


Quick Answer

The original Shamu died on August 23, 1971. Since then the name has been used by a variety of male and female killer whales performing at SeaWorld's Shamu show, which is the theme park's most popular event.

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Shamu was caught in October 1965, according to PBS, and was the first intentional live capture of a female killer whale. She was sold to SeaWorld San Diego later that year. During her final year of performing, Shamu was retired after attacking a SeaWorld employee who was attempting to ride her.

SeaWorld currently operates three theme parks with locations in Orlando, Fla., San Diego, Calif.

and San Antonio, Texas.

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