Shouka arrives at SFWOA!

Monday, May 20, 2002 1:23 PM

The new female killer orca, arrived today at SFWoA. They had around 20-30 people helping to get her into the water carefully. Shouka was shipped on a boeing 747 over-night. Talk about fast ;)

Great Job SFWoA! She looks very *cute*. I cant wait to see her Friday! :) :)

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Monday, May 20, 2002 3:52 PM
Has anyone seen it on Fox8?

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Monday, May 20, 2002 4:02 PM
That was quick.............

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Monday, May 20, 2002 10:51 PM
Woa...haha (pun intended)...I can't wait to see her Sat! That was quick...great job Six Flags! :-D

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Tuesday, May 21, 2002 7:24 AM
Where are they going to store the orca? Where are they going to store the 2nd orca? Will they be immediately together, or given time to adapt to their new home? Does anyone know how large the tank is, and if it's the same location that the previous orcas were at before Six Flags bought out the Sea World?

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Tuesday, May 21, 2002 7:36 AM
DawgByte,

I was at SFWoA a Few weeks ago and Shamu stadium is still quite intact. I would assume that this is where the orca's wil be kept.


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Tuesday, May 21, 2002 7:42 AM
There are really two tanks at the Shamu stadium. The show tank and a holding tank behind the stage area. They are connected by smaller tanks with gates. It would be possible to keep them apart.
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Tuesday, May 21, 2002 1:55 PM
The complex of pools actually consists of 4 pools. The whole complex is 1 million gallons. The show pool, where the audience sits, is 26 feet deep. The two circular pools are 12 feet deep, and the back hexigonal pool is about 19 feet deep. All are conected by stainless steel gates. This is a good sized pool for two orcas and extremely modern compared to other orca pools around the world.
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Tuesday, May 21, 2002 3:11 PM

Still to me, that tank really would seem small with the new whales in them. Aren't they the two largest whales in captivity or something along those lines? But I don't know a lot about those kinda things so if i'm wrong, oh well.

Coasterman Mike

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Tuesday, May 21, 2002 3:29 PM

I was at the park yesterday when she arrived and she is in the old tank in Shamu Stadium. They have both the front and the back part of the tank open so she can swim around the entire enclosure and get acclimated. Someone told us she is about 2 years old so she isn't full grown. It was hard to see her whole body but she didn't look as big as I expected her to. They have the area roped off till she gets used to her surroundings. If it's still roped off this weekend, you could still get some good shots of her if she is in the back of the tank and you have a decent zoom on your camera. She was talking and singing yesterday so hopefully that means she likes her new digs. :)

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Tuesday, May 21, 2002 4:46 PM

SteveWoA said:

Shouka was shipped on a boeing 747 over-night. Talk about fast

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Man, talk about the freight charges on that puppy! LOL "Um excuse me, who will sign for the package of 1 killer whale shipped overnight via 747?" ;)

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Wednesday, May 22, 2002 11:50 AM
Shouka is not 2 years old. A 2 year old killer whale would be about 8 feet long! She is eight years old. And she or Kshamenk are not the two largest whales in captivity, although Kshamenk is close with Tillikum, who resides at Sea World Florida:) The "Old" pool isn't really "old" either. The complex was built at the same time so they are all the same age. Somone mentioned that they were at the park when she was shipped....how did you get to go their and watch...did you have to pay a fee?
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Wednesday, May 22, 2002 12:09 PM

I realize she's not 2 years old, that's why I said we were told she was 2 (another prime example of seasonal employees not knowing everything they think they do.)

We are at the park for another reason and once we realized that she had been delivered (the FOX helicopter kind of gave it away), we went over to see her.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2002 12:15 PM
I heard they didn't take care of the whales before if so why did they just get permission to get some more. IS that true?
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Wednesday, May 22, 2002 12:38 PM
Didnt take care of the whales before? Six Flags never had any whales once they bought the park. Sea World took their whales with them.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2002 1:09 PM
Ok thanks for the info.
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