Credit: Nanki Shirahama

Ruka was a 20 year old female orca who was captured in Iceland in October 1981. She passed away at Nanki Shirahama Adventure World on March 29, 2000.

A couple months after Ruka was captured, she was sold to Tierpark Hagenbeck. She became very popular, but eventually people became less interested. As a result, it was decided to sell her and she was purchased by Nanki Shirahama Adventure World in 1985. There she met Benkei and Goro. She performed at the park and got along well with her tank mates. Benkei passed away a few years later in 1989, but soon Ai and Ran moved to the park. She got along well with them too. Three more orcas moved to the park in 1997, though too passed away soon after. Eventually, it was just Goro, Ran, Kyu and Ruka. The four performed together and got along well. 

Sadly, Ruka passed away suddenly after a show from traumatic shock.




Age at Capture-Approximately 2

Place of Capture-Selvogsbanki, Iceland

Date of Death-3/29/00

Place of Death-Nanki Shirahama Adventure World

Cause of Death-Traumatic Shock


  • Unknown (Icelandic)

Origin of Ruka

  • Japanese for "Bright Blue Flower"
  • Pronounced: roo KAH

Also Known as 

  • Orca


  • 100% Icelandic


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