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Who is Shamu? Poster by Okura Who is Shamu? Poster by Okura

There is now a mini site for further information on these individuals. You can visit it here:… 

First Revision: Have tidied up the text boxes, added the first organization supporter logo, link and Q-Code scanner. Renamed to 'Who is Shamu?'
Second Revision: Have added Orca Research Trust and Free Morgan Foundation as supporters and links to them in description.

Orca Aware -
Orca Research Trust -
Free Morgan Foundation - 


Contact Details
If you wish to contact me to use this, please contact me at okuraorca (at), so then I can arrange it to be send to you full sized.
You are more than welcome to share this about and print to use to help raise awareness.


EXTREMELY HUGE FILE if you are going full sized. This is set to an A1 poster sized resolution.

Here is my completed project.
Several weeks of research, drawing, art and so forth.
I am planning more, but this is the first one of my series.

I created this project as something big to be shared and printed for posters to be shared about. I always felt it was cruel and cold for SeaWorld to allow a whale to die and how they never seem to do anything to remind people of them. But all of them had horrible ways they died that people don't know about.
The empty spaces are for some logos and a Q-Code that will later be able to be scanned for more information.

Edit 1 (16Nov13): I have been working on a collaboration mini-site with Orca Aware to further promote the stories of these orcas. As of today, I've added a link to the mini-site as well as adding the Q-Code and Orca Aware logos. More will be added over time, but this is the first revision of the poster.

A few notes:
Corky's calves may have mostly been born outside of SeaWorld, but one miscarriage was at San Diego and Corky is still there. They are worthy of being part of this.
Morgan was captured from the wild and taken into captivity. Until she is released, she is still a wild capture, like it or not.

Important Notice

Before you comment, think twice.
I don't care if you are pro-captivity.
This is facts about the animals presented.
Arguing the point of pro-captivity is a pain and I do not care for it on my art. I have had threats and abuse slung at friends and family before and will not tolerate it here.
If you do not agree to this DO NOT COMMENT. It's that simple.
It's fine to have a discussion, but if you are simply going to bash and call it or me things, then keep it to yourself.

Finally, a great big thank you to James, who assisted with this, and everyone else who has assisted in anyway. You all know who you are and I thank you.

Logos of the supporters organisations belong to them and are used with permission.

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Shared on facebook. Keep up the good work, Okura.
Padrang Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with keeping Orcas wild, but I still feel like human interaction would be a good thing. Part of why Orcas are so popular is because of the trainers and the shows. It's just like how dolphins stay fairly popular.

It would be the coolest thing ever if they could train wild pods and keep the families together and not plop them in a cement tank but use maybe a bay instead. I have this idea in my head but the only problem with it is if the pod doesn't come, then there is no show. and people don't pay money for a no show.

And really, exploiting animals is how parks like Sea World thrive. Money makes the world go round, and as long as that is the way of it, animals will continue to be used.

I sound like an idiot, but only because it is way past when I should have gone to sleep. I just really wanted to ramble about things that I think about.

I do like this picture. I think your message gets through. Thank you.
GonakadetGirl Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
There actually are places in the world where people can feed and interact with wild dolphins. If the dolphins don't show up, no one has to pay for the fish to feed them. The dolphins are fed very small amounts so as to encourage them to hunt for themselves and not depend on people for food. They are allowed to come and go as they please.

I don't support the feeding of wild animals as they may attempt to "beg" when they are hungry, this is especially dangerous for dolphins and other cetaceans since they may end up accidentally beaching themselves or getting hit by boats. But I understand that there are places in the world where you can interact with wild cetaceans without causing such a problem. The friendly gray whales of Baja and Dwarf Minke whales of Australia are just a couple of examples. These animals aren't trained, they are genuinely curious and seem eager to interact with people of their own free will. That is why people love them and have loved them for centuries even before the advent of cetacean captivity. :)
Padrang Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is really cool to know. Thank you :)
GonakadetGirl Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Any time, good sir. ;)
TMJumpLass Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hi animals weren't made for our entertainment it isn't a right, we stay out of the orca's way bye
Padrang Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Am I not allowed to express an opinion on the internet? I mean I wouldn't mind a retort, but that wasn't a very good one.
TMJumpLass Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it's ok sorry i didn't mean anything by it
toosexyforcontacts Dec 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
*starts a rousing slow clap*

ObsydianDragon Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured here!
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