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Kanduke was a 19 year old male orca who was captured in British Columbia on August 16, 1975. He passed away on September 20, 1990 from Pneumonia.

Kanduke was captured along with a female orca who was named Nootka 3. A month after his capture, Kanduke was bought by Marineland Canada. Kanduke soon met Kandu 2 and Knootka. The three were trained and started performing at the parks King Waldorf Theatre. The park went on to acquire more orcas, but those three were the main performers.

Kandu 2 ended up passing away and Kanduke was sold to SeaWorld in 1987. Here he was reintroduced to Katina, who had lived at Marineland for a short time before being sold to SeaWorld. Kanduke was moved to the Orlando park where he met several new whales. After his arrival, he mated with Kona 2 and she became pregnant with their first calf. Sadly, Kona passed away while she was pregnant.

Katina also mated with Kanduke and she became pregnant. On November 4, 1988, Katina gave birth to a female calf named Katerina. Katerina passed away on May 5, 1999. Gudrun also gave birth to his last daughter, Taima, on July 11, 1989. Kanduke became a grandfather on May 14, 1998 when Taima gave birth to her son Sumar. Taima also gave birth to another son, Tekoa, and a daughter named Malia. Taima passed away on June 6, 2010 giving birth to her fourth calf.

Kanduke didn't perform often, though he had at Marineland and has also done waterworks there. He didn't do well with another male named Kotar. The two were involved in an incident where Kotar bit Kanduke's genitals. Kotar was later moved to another park. While it is not known if Kanduke was ever grouped with Katerina or Taima, he was grouped with Kalina when she was a young calf.

In mid September 1990, Kanduke started acting abnormal. Kanduke had come down with bacterial pneumonia and passed away on September 20. 




Age at Capture-Approximately 4

Place of Capture-Pedder Bay, B.C.

Date of Death-9/20/90

Place of Death-SeaWorld Orlando

Cause of Death-Bacterial Pneumonia



  • Mother-Innis
  • Father-Unknown



Half Sister

  • Spiller (1982)

Half Brother

  • Arrow (1976)

Unknown Sibling

  • Blunden (1990)*

Unknown Niece/Nephew

  • Spiller's Calf (1995)*, Spiller's Calf (1998)*, Spiller's Calf (2005), Spiller's Calf (2010)

Origin of Kanduke

  • Telugu for "Blackness"
  • Pronounced: can DOO


  • 3,000 lbs or 1,364 Kg (1975)
  • 12,275 lbs or 5,580 Kg (1990)


  • 14 ft or 4.3 M (1975)
  • 22 ft or 6.7 M (1990)


  • 100% Bigg's Transient


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