Sunday, May 20, 2012

CETACEAN CIRCUS--Namu Courtesy of King of Aquaria

 Ted Griffin riding Namu  1966

'Namu' was one of the first killer whales (Orcinus orca) to be exhibited in captivity.
Trapped in a salmon net in June 1965 in British Columbia, the 24-ft. 5-ton male orca was purchased for $8000 by Ted Griffin of the Seattle Marine Aquarium. 
In October 1965 Griffin set out to capture a mate for Namu.  The 14-ft. female, named 'Shamu' was considered too young to be a mate for the bull orca so Griffin sold her to Sea World in December 1965 for $20,000.  The rest is theme park history . . .
Namu sadly drowned by becoming entangled in the nets of his 500-ft. diameter enclosure at Rich Cove in July 1966.
Namu's capture and exhibition launched a multi-million dollar industry which saw Griffin capturing and selling killer whales to aquaria throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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