Baby Killer Whale at SeaWorld Receives Name

SeaWorld’s baby killer whale now has a name.

After more than 7,000 votes were cast on SeaWorld’s Facebook page, the seven-and-a-half-week-old whale calf will be named Amaya.

Amaya was born to 10-year-old Kalia at Shamu Stadium on December 2 of last year. This was Kalia’s first child, though Kalia’s mother, Kasatka, has had four children total.

Voters picked the name with a landslide lead with a 30 percent victory. Kissa and Nasia were runner-up names. 

The birth was the seventh successful killer whale born at the park in its 50 year history. SeaWorld said the calf is doing well since birth. She has met some other killer whales and has started to swim on her own at times.

Guests of the park can see Amaya and Kalia occasionally at the Shamu Stadium and the underwater viewing area.

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