Besides the gash, Katina has a collapsed dorsal fin, which is something that frequently happens to captive orcas as a result of poor health and stress. And Katina, who is about 42 years old, has plenty of reasons to be stressed out.
In 1972, Katina was captured from the ocean off the coast of Iceland, and since then, she’s been living in tiny, shallow tanks at SeaWorld Orlando, where she’s forced to perform in shows for human entertainment. She’s had seven calves in captivity, including Kalina, who was the original baby Shamu. Katina was even bred with her own son, Taku, to produce Nalani — something that’s “taboo” in wild orca populations.