Namu 9586

Credit:Seattle Marine Aquarium

Namu was a male orca who was accidently captured from Canadian waters on June 23, 1965. Namu was over 10 years old at the time of his capture. He passed away on July 9, 1966 from an infection that resulted in his drowning.

Namu was accidently captured in June 1965. He was one of the first orcas to perform and be trained for waterworks. Namu could often be seen swimming with an owner, Ted Griffin. The two became a popular pair. 

Eventually, he was joined by a female named Shamu. The two orcas didn't get along well though and she was moved to SeaWorld in December 1965. Namu eventually became ill and passed away after getting caught in a net.




Age at Capture-Approximately 10+

Place of Capture-Warrior Cove B.C., Canada

Date of Death-7/9/66

Place of Death-Seattle Marine Aquarium

Cause of Death-Infection, Drowning



  • Mother-Kwatna* (Possibly)

Also known as

  • Romeo


  • 7,926 lbs (1965)


  • 21.4 ft (1965)
  • 24 ft (1966)


  • 100% Northern Resident (C Pod)

Namu became trapped along with a young calf. Both were able to escape, though Namu did not leave. He was soon sold to Seattle Aquarium's Ted Griffin. Griffin built a pen for Namu and started allowing guests to view him. Griffin trained Namu for shows and he was the first orca trained for waterworks. Namu never harmed his trainer and the two got along well. Namu later appeared in a film, "Namu: The Killer Whale".

A female orca named Shamu was captured soon after and was sent to the aquarium. Within a couple of months, she was sold to SeaWorld as the two whales did not get along. Unfortunately, Namu became ill the next year and passed away after becoming tangled in a net.


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