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Credit: SeaWorld

Katerina was a female orca who was born on November 4, 1988 at SeaWorld Orlando. Her mother is Katina and her father is Kanduke. She died on May 5, 1999.

Katerina grew up spending time with her mother and older half sister Kalina. She also spent time with her half sister Taima and her mother Gudrun. When she was two years old, she was moved to SeaWorld Aurora. There she met a female calf named Kayla who was the same age. Several years later, they were joined by an adult female named Winnie.




Birth Place-SeaWorld Orlando

Type of Birth-Tail First

Time of Birth-4:19 PM EST

Length of Labor-3 Hours

Date of Death-5/5/99

Place of Death-SeaWorld San Antonio

Cause of Death-Infection



Half Sisters

  • Kalina (1985)*, Taima (1989)*, Unna (1996)*, Nalani (2006)

Half Brothers

  • Taku (1993)*, Ikaika (2002), Makaio (2010)


  • Skyla, Kalia, Halyn*, Malia, Victoria*, Amaya


  • Keet, Keto, Sumar*, Tuar, Tekoa, Trua, Adan

(Note: To see Katerina's extended wild family, go to Kanduke's Profile.)

Origin of Katerina

  • Russian for "Pure"
  • Pronounced: kat ER ee NAH


  • 50% Icelandic
  • 50% Transient

Soon after Winnie's arrival, Katerina was moved to SeaWorld San Antonio. She met her nephew Keet, whom she became very close with. Despite her young age, she played a surrogate role for Keet. 

Katerina was trained for waterworks and did well with her trainers and other whales. Unfortunately, on May 5, 1999, Katerina passed away from an infection. She had shown no signs of illness and passed away suddenly.


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