Celebrate Shamu the Whale Day! Shamu was one of the first killer whales to be exhibited in a public aquarium. He was captured in October 1966 near Iceland and was brought to SeaWorld San Diego.
Shamu quickly became a star at SeaWorld. He was the largest whale in captivity and was known for his playful attitude and intelligent tricks. He performed with trainers in the water and was a hit with audiences.
Shamu died in 1971, but his legacy lives on. Today, SeaWorld has a whole team of whales that perform under the name Shamu. These magnificent creatures continue to amaze and inspire people of all ages.
On Shamu the Whale Day, take some time to learn more about these amazing animals. Watch a documentary, read a book, or visit a local aquarium. You might even be able to see one of Shamu’s successors in person!