Happy 13th Birthday Nakai!
Nakai (name); Native American meaning “strong”
Nakai was born to mother, Kasatka, and father, Tilikum, in 2001 at Sea World San Diego. Nakai was the first calf to be born to artificial insemination, with his father living in Orlando.
Nakai was a playful young bull, and greatly enjoyed spending time watching the visitors at the glass. He will often continue in this behaviour, even as he grows older.
In 2012, Nakai experienced a rather severe injury when he scraped his chin against a barrier in the process of avoiding another orca. Thankfully, Nakai made a remarkable recovery and even now, his scar is hardly noticeable.
Nakai is a smart young male, and knows many show behaviours. He gets along well with most of his tankmates, and has found quite a companion in Ikaika, another young bull.
We wish a very happy birthday to Nakai!
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