Kianu was captured along with seven other pod mates. Soon after her capture, she and pod mate Bonnie, moved to Marine World Redwood City. At the time of the move, it was suspected both females were pregnant. A month after the move, Bonnie gave birth to a stillborn calf and she passed away two weeks later. Kianu was alone, and she eventually gave birth to a stillborn calf in 1968. Both calves were conceived while the mothers still lived in the wild.
Eventually, Kianu met Nepo and Yaka. Kianu became fond of Nepo to the point she would become aggressive to Yaka. The park decided to send Kianu to Nanki Shirahama after this. At the time of her arrival, she was the only orca at the park. In 1979, three orcas came to the park. Only one survived, a male named Benkei. Unfortunately, Kianu passed away in June 1980 from a gastrointestinal disease.
Age at Capture-Approximately 8
Place of Capture-Pender Harbor, BC
Date of Death-6/--/80
Place of Death-Nanki Shirahama Adventure World
Cause of Death-Gastrointestinal Disease
Origin of Kianu
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