[Editor's note: At the end of 2013 there were 52 orcas living in captivity around the world. Each week, 52Orcas profiles an individual orca so we can better understand his or her life history. You can see the entire project on the 52Orcas Dodo page here.]
In her 25 years of living in a tank, Orkid (i.e. Orky's kid) has experienced great loss. At 11 months old Orkid swam alongside her mother while she slowly died in front of her, bleeding out from a rupture in a main artery. One of Orkid's closest companions was Splash- a young whale with epilepsy. During epileptic episodes, Orkid would come to his aid and keep him afloat. While separated in different holding tanks, Orkid watched her friend die. Sumar and Orkid were very close. During his final moments, Orkid would not leave Sumar's side even while he was being removed from the tank. Although Orkid is loved by her trainers and gets along well with most other orcas, she has had numerous acts of aggression towards trainers and reportedly the most of all orcas at SeaWorld.