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Makaio is an 8 year old male orca who lives at SeaWorld Orlando. He was born on October 9, 2010. His mother is Katina and his father is Tilikum, making him the 4th calf born to the pair and Katina's 7th calf. He is the youngest orca living in Orlando and the most recent to be born at the park. He was born just after Katina's first calf Kalina had passed away on October 4th.

Makaio joins the other orcas in shows. He is learning more advanced behaviors as he grows, though he is not as quick to pick up on new behaviors.

Sex-Male

Age-8

Birthday-10/9/10

Birth Place-SeaWorld Orlando

Type of Birth-Tail First

Time of Birth-7:28 PM (EDT)

Length of Labor-45 Minutes

Family

Parents

Sister

  • Unna (1996)*

Half Sisters

  • Kalina (1985)*, Katerina (1988)*, Nyar (1993)*, Kohana (2002), Skyla (2004), Nalani (2006), Malia (2007), Sakari (2010)

Brothers

  • Taku (1993)*, Ikaika (2002)

Half Brothers

  • Kyuquot (1991), Sumar (1998)*, Tuar (1999), Tekoa (2000), Nakai (2001)

Nieces

  • Skyla, Kalia, Halyn*, Nalani, Victoria*, Amaya, Kyara*

Nephews

  • Keet, Keto, Tuar, Trua, Adan

Origin of Makaio

  • Hawaiian for "Gift of God"
  • Pronunciation-ma KY o

Nicknames

  • Mak
  • Kai

Other Names Considered

  • Haruki ("Shining Brightly" in Japanese)
  • Nico ("Victory" in Greek)

Weights

  • 350 lbs (October 2010)
  • 550 lbs (December 2010)
  • 1,300 lbs (September 2012)
  • 2,000 lbs (March 2015)
  • 2,300 lbs (March 2016)
  • 2,800 lbs (July 2017)

Lengths

  • 7 ft (October 2010)
  • 13 ft (March 2016)

Breed

  • 100% Icelandic


He can be seen with any member of the pod, though he has been spending most of his time with Trua. He was also one of the few younger orcas who met Tilikum.

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Katina giving birth to Makaio.

Meet Makaio! SeaWorld®

Meet Makaio! SeaWorld®

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