NATIONAL SHAMU THE WHALE DAY
National Shamu the Whale Day is observed annually on September 26.
Shamu is the name that is used in several of the SeaWorld orca shows, and it is the stage name that is given to the “star” of those shows, beginning with the original Shamu in the late 1960s. Shamu died in 1971. However, the name Shamu was trademarked by SeaWorld and has been given to different orcas at various times when performing in Shamu shows in several SeaWorld parks.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT WILD ORCAS (killer whales)
- Female orcas can live to 90 years. Male orcas can live to 60 years.
- On average, a killer whale eats 500 pounds a day.
- Killer whales imitate others and seem to deliberately teach skills to their kin
HOW TO OBSERVE
Look up and view videos of Shamu. Use #ShamuTheWhaleDay to post on social media.
The origin of National Shamu The Whale Day stems from the first surviving baby Shamu born in captivity who was born on September 26, 1985.
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