Accidentally caught by a group of fishermen, Namu was only the third orca to be captured from the wild and the first orca forced to perform tricks for the public. He was trained by Ted Griffin, photographed above. Namu died shortly after in June 1966 after contracting an infection; he was the first whale to survive more than three months in captivity.
Shamu, a female orca captured from the wild shortly after Namu, wasn't the first to perform for the public, but she did outlive her predecessor by a few years, eventually passing in 1971. Over the following five decades, her name would be synonymous with the park's hallmark circus-style show, becoming the performing name of the many other whales who would later be trained to star in SeaWorld's shows.
November 1983: Tilikum is captured off the shores of Iceland.