Sandy was a 10 year old female orca who was rescued on March 12, 1973. She passed away on October 22, 1977 at SeaWorld San Diego.

In 1973, a lone killer whale was found stranded on a beach in Washington. She was sent to the Seattle Marine Aquarium. The aquarium did not attempt to release her. She was soon joined by another whale named Frankie. Later that year, the two were purchased by SeaWorld and moved to their park in San Diego.

Sandy performed in the parks shows along with the other killer whales. Eventually, she was moved to SeaWorld Orlando when the park opened. Sadly, Sandy passed away on October 22, 1977 from a cerebral hemorrhage. 




Age at Capture-6

Place of Capture-Ocean City, WA

Date of Death-10/22/77

Place of Death-SeaWorld Orlando

Cause of Death-Cerebral Hemorrhage


  • Southern Residents

Origin of Sandy

  • Greek for "Protector of Mankind"
  • Pronounced: san DEE


  • 100% Southern Resident


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