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On Friday, SeaWorld announced that their baby killer whale had been named “Makani,” a Hawaiian word meaning “the wind.”
Makani was the winning name in a weeklong contest voted on by fans of the SeaWorld Facebook page. Other choices included “Hako,” a name of Scandinavian origin meaning “chosen son,” and “Valentino,” a name of Italian origin meaning “strong.”
Makani took the votes by 40 percent for the win.
Little Makani, a male whale, was born on Valentine’s Day 2013 to mother Kasatka. He was her fourth calf and the sixth successful killer whale birth at SeaWorld San Diego.