Skyla was born at SeaWorld Orlando to the original Baby Shamu, Kalina and her father is Tilikum the Icelandic bull. At the young age of two years old, Skyla was separated from her mother and flown to Spain to live at the marine park Loro Parque. Skyla has grown up without a mother or any dominant adult orca female to direct and shape her behavior. As a consequence, Skyla has acted out violently against some of her orca tank mates; especially Tekoa who Skyla often abuses for hours with tooth raking. Because of her aggressive nature, at times trainers have refused to enter the water with her. Skyla has 100 percent Icelandic DNA.