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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.
Third Revision: Discovered an error on Kalina and have since corrected.

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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GothicCrisps Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I would have personally included Kahana as well. She had a very painful tumor that they somehow just manged to miss even though the gross necropsy and histopathology  indicated it must have been very painful and rather constant. The theory is she had a surge of intense pain and ran into the pool wall fracturing her skull and bleeding to death.
Okura Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, there were a lot of hard cuts.
Victoria only was added in the 11th hour, bumping out Winnie because she died as I was finishing the sketches.

There's a list long enough for at least 2 more of these that I intend in the future.
GothicCrisps Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah I see. Winnie is the one who ate odd objects, is she not? I find it strange that they still haven't come out and said just what caused Vicky's death. I imagine it is either very horrific or it is very typical for captive Orca. Septicemia, influenza, other infections etc. But I think one of the more plausible theories has to do with her being an inbred calf. Sea World's "breeding program" is just utterly horrid.
Okura Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Vicky's death was said to be an intestinal issue I think if I read the places right, but there's no 100% confirmation.
Winnie was an orca that was in the UK and later shipped to the US. I think if I recall correctly, she was VERY small for an orca her age as the previous owners had starved her a lot to get her to preform. I'd have to re-go over all my notes, but that's what I recall the issue was.
GothicCrisps Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sigh that just so sick. Must be hard on the emotions to go through and take notes. But the efforts you've gone through are appreciated and beautifully expressed. I think it says a lot that there are enough deaths that you must think to recall each one. I'm not all that good at drawing marine animals myself, so I applaud your work and especially the expressions you give each one. 
allisonneal Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Now I can see why some people don't like seaworld.... But.... well... I wanna say it but I dont wanna get into a fight.
endlessoceanmew Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
just wanna say this: ahem, we do know the orcas! me and the others who follow seaworld know all the orcas. its not like we call them shamu or anything. also shamu to us is more like a family name for them. but again we know each individual, we even have footage of them etc. my favorite is corky, i got to meet her up close and personal and she totally left me in awe. i am only 50% against captivity. i know there are places out there that are simply horrible but there are also those who do good. i wouldn't be doing what i do if it wasn't for that very day on which i saw these amazing animals up close as a little kid. heck i didn't even know they existed and now i'm active in protecting the species. i thank seaworld and dolfinarium harderwijk for inspiring me. thanks to them i discovered my true goal as a kid. i just wanted to say this and also, i don't mean to pick any fights or start a war here. i just wanted to be heard too for just a moment, thats all. and please, please to those who do, stop being so harsh and cruel. it hurts me and my friends a lot when people say that we should die horribly just because of the fact that we choose to support certain things. the person before you is a living being with emotions just like you so don't say horrible things. that is all, bye.
Okura Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I completely understand you, but the average person who does not follow them or knows that the animals by their markings as individuals does not. And they are who this poster is designed for.
I understand that places like SeaWorld and such can inspire people at a young age, but that doesn't excuse the treatment of the animals, the lying, the cover ups and the list goes on.

These are animals that do not belong in captivity and people are starting to wake up to this fact.
And yes, you will encounter people who say hurtful and nasty things. On both sides of the equation too. But that's not something I do when I can help it.
endlessoceanmew Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
i never said you do but i did encounter people on youtube i had to ban in the end. i still believe in humane captivity and that it can become a reality. though places like marineland ontario really should be shut down. they do way worse than seaworld in comparison. and there is a park in my country that really should get more than just warnings. i obviously don't agree with captures today like in russia but i think that the animals that have been living in human care for years should just get better habitats and care rather than being released or being put into sea pens. though there are parks who could create sea pens since they are close to the ocean. all they would need is permission and support. though captivity isn't perfect, it still changes people. they learn about creatures of which they think they couldn't exist. they start to show interest and learn about them. if people would push for and focus on the positive side of captivity then things can change and parks won't have to shut down except for the horrible ones. 
RenegadeStudios Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is awesome, great work!
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