Kalia, the daughter of Kasatka, who infamously almost killed her trainer by dragging him to the bottom of a tank repeatedly, is far younger than an orca who would give birth in nature. Yet SeaWorld, in its infinite greed, has bred another marine mammal who will be condemned to a nonlife in a concrete tank, never permitted to engage in what is natural and pleasant and never given the opportunity to swim great distances in the open ocean, spend time with family, or express any other types of normal behavior. Instead, to draw visitors to its amusement park, SeaWorld will put this baby through constant stress and the privations of captivity-the same dreadful fate as that of the eight orcas and 42 dolphins who died at SeaWorld San Diego alone between 1985 and 2010.
Kalia joins the ranks of several other SeaWorld orcas who have been bred at young ages -- an orca named Katina first became pregnant at SeaWorld San Diego at about six years old, while another named Takara gave birth to her first calf at age 11. Yet another, Kalina, gave birth to her first calf, Keet, when she was only seven. And an orca named Kohana was only eight when she had her first calf, Adan, and then birthed a second calf less than two years later (661 days). This short time between births is not natural, notes Ingrid Visser, founder and principal scientist at the Orca Research Trust.