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Credit: Valerie Broesch

Nakai is a 17 year old male orca who lives at SeaWorld San Diego where he was born on September 1, 2001. He was the first orca to be born as a result of artificial insemination. While his mother Kasatka lived in California, his father Tilikum lived in Florida.

Nakai is a very affectionate and playful orca. When he was younger he would often interact with the parks guests. 




Birth Place-SeaWorld San Diego

Type of Birth-Head First

Time of Birth-8:50 PM (PDT)

Length of Labor-1.5 Hours



Half Sisters

  • Takara (1991), Nyar (1993)*, Unna (1996)*, Kohana (2002), Skyla (2004), Kalia (2004), Malia (2007), Sakari (2010)

Half Brothers

  • Kyuquot (1991), Taku (1993)*, Sumar (1998)*, Tuar (1999), Tekoa (2000), Ikaika (2002), Makaio (2010), Makani (2013)


  • Kohana, Nalani, Sakari, Victoria*, Kamea, Amaya, Kyara*


  • Trua, Adan

Origin of Nakai

  • Native American for "Victory"
  • Pronunciation-nah KY


  • Kai


  • 350 lbs (September 2001)
  • 3,350 lbs (June 2010)
  • 5,250 lbs (May 2015)
  • 6,000 lbs (November 2015)


  • 7 ft (September 2001)
  • 12.5 ft (June 2010)
  • 18 ft (May 2015)


  • 100% Icelandic

Nakai likes spending most of his time with Orkid, Shouka, Kalia, Makani and Amaya, though he is often seen with any member of the pod. He has grown dramatically over the past couple of years. Dispite his size, he is very gentle with the younger calves. He is closest with his family, but enjoys spending time with the other pod members as well. He would also spend a lot of time with his mother, Kasatka, before she passed away in August 2017.

Nakai did waterworks before they were stopped in 2010. He has never shown aggression to his trainers and did well with waterworks. He was young when they were stopped so he wasn't as advanced in those behaviors as some of the other whales. He has learned many advanced behaviors for dry work though.

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