Katina is the first orca in history to successfully birth and raise a calf in captivity. Today she boasts a robust bloodline of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren scattered in tanks around the globe. Ever the protective mother, Katina will separate her calves from their trainers during certain behaviors. Katina's motherly nature comes to the aid of her trainers as well, by swimming between them when the calves become aggressive. Patient, good-natured, and easy to work with, Katina is a reliable performer earning her the nickname "Cadillac" among her trainers. She is a dominant whale and as matriarch holds a strong influence over the orcas who share her Orlando home.
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