Then, in August 2015, this all came to an end. According to Parra, it was costing the University of Hawaii about $900,000 a year to keep Kina, BJ and Boris, and the university decided to get rid of them.
"They say that Sea Life Park stepped up and said, 'We'll take her,' but in truth, they just auctioned her off to the highest bidder, which happened to be Sea Life Park," Parra said, although she added that the University of Hawaii wouldn't reveal how much it was paid.
The University of Hawaii, however, vehemently denies that Kina was "auctioned off." "She was sold to the program that could provide the best support, to the best people who could care for her, using the required and established state of Hawaii procedures for sales," Paul Nachtigall, director of the Marine Mammal Research Program at the University of Hawaii, told The Dodo.