When one of SeaWorld’s most famous whales died in 2017, the park alleged that a lung-related illness had claimed her life. But when images emerged showing sores on the orca’s skin, many people grew suspicious. And some believed the cause of her death was not quite so straightforward.
Kasatka the female Orca was born in 1976. Just two years later she was captured in the seas near Iceland with her pod-mate Katina. The pair were soon sold to SeaWorld. Subsequently, they spent four years together in San Diego, before Katina was transferred to Orlando.