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Keet is a 23 year old male orca who lives at SeaWorld San Diego. He was born at SeaWorld San Antonio on February 2,1993. His mother is Kalina and his father is Kotar. Kalina became pregnant again and she was moved to Orlando leaving Keet behind when he was a year and a half.

During his second stay in San Diego, he sired his first calf Kalia. She was born to Kasatka on December 21, 2004. The two met when he returned to San Diego for the third time on February 27, 2012. Keet became a grandfather when Kalia gave birth to her first calf, Amaya, on December 2, 2014.

He sired his second calf when he returned to San Antonio in 2004. She was born on October 9, 2005 to Kayla and was named Halyn. Kayla rejected Halyn soon after birth and once she was older, was introduced to her father.

Sex-Male

Age-23

Birthday-2/2/93

Birth Place-SeaWorld San Antonio

Type of Birth-Tail First

Time of Birth-12:00 (CST)

Family

Parents

Grandparents

Calves

Grandchildren

Half Sisters

  • Takara (1991), Skyla (2004)

Brother

  • Keto (1995)

Half Brother

  • Tuar (1999)

Aunts

  • Katerina*, Unna*, Nalani

Uncles

  • Taku*, Ikaika, Makaio

Nieces

  • Kohana, Sakari, Victoria*, Kamea

Nephews

  • Trua, Adan

Cousins

  • Trua, Unna's Stillbirth*, Nalani

Compatible Mates

  • Kasatka, Kiska, Stella, Orkid, Kayla, Shouka, Lovey, Lara, Wikie, Ran, Narnia, Malia, Morgan, Malishka, Malvina, Luna, Lynn

Origin of Keet

  • Tlingit Indian for "Orca"
  • Pronounced: kee-T

Also Known as

  • Grandbaby Shamu

Weight

  • 350 lbs (1993)
  • 7,000 Ibs (February 2012)
  • 7,700 lbs (2015)

Lengths

  • 7 ft (1993)
  • 19 ft (2015)

Breed

  • 75% Icelandic
  • 25% Southern Resident


Keet is a very gentle and sweet orca and was a perfect tank mate for Halyn. Usually fathers don't play a role in raising calves though he did very well with her, teaching her how to be an orca and providing her with company. As she grew older she became a little too energetic for her lazy father, though she was the only one who seemed to mind. Sadly, Halyn died in June 2008.

Keet returned to San Diego again on February 27, 2012. Keet is gentle with whales and trainers. Even though he is a submissive orca, he gets along with all of the orcas in San Diego, while in San Antonio the dominant orcas tended to pick on him more. Keet has never shown aggression towards his trainers and used to do waterworks before they were stopped in 2010. Keet is usually seen with Corky 2, Orkid, Shouka and Ikaika, though he spends time with all of the whales. He also does very well with young calves. In San Diego, he has spent time with the youngest members of the pod, Makani and Amaya, sometimes even playing with them. 

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