was a 25 year old female orca who was captured in Iceland in October 1977. She passed away at SeaWorld Texas on April 11, 2002.

Winnie was purchased along with Hoi Wai by SeaWorld soon after they were captured. They were soon moved to Windsor Safari Park though. Winnie was originally known as Frya, but she eventually received the name Winnie at Windsor Safari Park. Winnie was the only orca at the park once Hoi Wai moved out permanently in 1979. She eventually met a young male named Nemo in 1985. The two didn't get along well though. Nemo passed away in 1986, leaving Winnie on her own again. She spent time with bottlenose dolphins when Hoi Wai and Nemo were not with her.

Winnie eventually moved to SeaWorld Orlando in 1991, however she didn't get along with the more dominant whales. In 1994, it was decided to move her to SeaWorld Aurora. Here she met 6 year old females Kayla and Katerina. Katerina moved out the next month, but Winnie got along well with Kayla. The two were both moved to SeaWorld San Antonio in 1999. Winnie got along with the other whales there as well. When Haida 2, the dominant female, passed away in 2001, Winnie eventually took on the role of the dominant female. Winnie was a submissive whale but she got along well with most whales. She was a very reliable whale and also participated in waterworks. She was a small whale, but she could easily be identified by white splotches on her right pectoral flipper.

Sadly, Winnie had consumed items from the tank at Windsor Safari Park that caused her intestines to become blocked. This led to her death the next year. She passed away on April 11, 2002.




Age at Capture-Approximately 1

Place of Capture-Ingolfshfdi, Iceland

Date of Death-4/11/02

Place of Death-SeaWorld San Antonio

Cause of Death-Blocked Intestine


  • Unknown (Icelandic)

Origin of Winnie

  • Celtic for "Whale"
  • Pronounced: win EE

Also Known as

  • Frya


  • 100% Icelandic


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