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The second generation of captive born orcas began with Keet. The first ever male born at SeaWorld, he is the "Grandbaby Shamu." When he was just 1 year old, Keet's mother, Kalina, was taken from him and moved to a different SeaWorld park. At the time, Keet and Kalina had a tight bond, and after his mother was taken from him he formed a close relationship with another adult female Katerina. Sadly, after she died, Keet was badly abused by the other whales. He was frequently found immobile and shivering. SeaWorld decided it was time to move Keet to a different park. Over the next few years of his life, Keet was moved numerous times between SeaWorld parks. Keet has sired two daughters, Kalia and Halyn. He was very close to Halyn and nurtured her until she died at the young age of 3. His trainers consider Keet to be a gentle giant.