Kilroy was a 12 year old male orca who was captured on February 15, 1967 in the United States. He passed away on September 23, 1978 from pneumonia. 

Kilroy was captured along with several other whales. For a short time, he was held at the Seattle Aquarium until he was purchased by SeaWorld. Over the next few years, Kilroy travelled between the San Diego and Aurora parks. 

Kilroy got along well with his tank mates and he also did very well in his training. He did well with trainers and even participated in waterworks regularly. 

Sadly, Kilroy came down with pnemonia in September 1978 and passed away.




Age at Capture-Approximately 1

Place of Capture-Washington, USA

Date of Death-9/23/78

Place of Death-SeaWorld San Diego

Cause of Death-Pneumonia


  • Unknown (K Pod)

Origin of Kilroy

  • Reference to "Kilroy Was Here" from WWII
  • Pronounced: kill ROY


  • 100% Southern Resident


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