Credit: Nanki Shirahama

Ran was a 17 year old female orca who was captured in Iceland in October 1989. She passed away at Nanki Shirahama Adventure World on August 29, 2004. 

Ran and several others stayed at the Hafnarfjordur Aquarium for a few months after their capture. Finally, Ran and tank mate Ai were moved to Nanki Shirahama Adventure World in Japan. There they met Ruka and Goro. Eventually Ai passed away and three new orcas came to the park. A male and female passed away, with Kyu as the only newcomer. Ran was a reliable performer and got along well with her tank mates.

Several years later, Kyu and Ran mated and Ran became pregnant. She gave birth to a calf on August 26, 2004. The calf was born prematurely and assumed to be a female. She tried to care for her calf, but sadly the calf passed away on August 28 and it was discovered she had a broken skull. Ran came down with pneumonia quickly after the birth and passed away a day after her calf.




Age at Capture-Approximately 2

Place of Capture-Hornafjordur, Iceland

Date of Death-8/29/04

Place of Death-Nanki Shirahama Adventure World

Cause of Death-Pneumonia



Origin of Kandu

  • Japanese for "Orchid"
  • Pronounced: rahn


  • 100% Icelandic


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