Kona 474


Kona was a 10 year old female orca who was captured in the United States in August 1971. She passed away on September 28,1977 at SeaWorld San Diego. 




Age at Capture-Approximately 4

Place of Capture-Penn Cove, WA

Date of Death-9/28/77

Place of Death-SeaWorld San Diego

Cause of Death-Septicemia


  • Southern Residents (L Pod)

Origin of Kona

  • Icelandic for "Woman"
  • Hawaiian for "Lady"
  • Pronounced: KOE nah


  • 100% Southern Resident

Soon after her capture, Kona was moved to the Seattle Marine Aquarium. Within several weeks, she was moved to SeaWorld San Diego where she stayed until April 1975. Kona had a short stay at SeaWorld Aurora before she was back in San Diego. Kona performed and participated in waterworks while at SeaWorld. Unfortunately, she passed away from septicemia on September 28, 1977. 


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