Because I'm so tired of hearing/reading "I went to SeaWorld and saw Shamu" type comments.
For those who know the truth "Shamu" is just a stage name nowadays.
For those who don't, look into it, and you might be surprised by the things you learn.
Use as you like. Photo used © National Geographic. Borrowed from the Orca Homepage: [link]
Text from Wikipedia:"Shamu was the first orca to survive more than 13 months in captivity and was the star of a very popular killer whale show at SeaWorld San Diego in the mid - late 1960s. She was the fourth killer whale (orca) ever captured (the second female) and was the third orca ever displayed in a public exhibit. After her death in 1971, the name Shamu continued to be used in SeaWorld "Shamu" orca shows for different killer whales in different SeaWorld parks."
- Shamu's name was derived from Namu (the third orca ever kept in captivity). Namu was a male, so Shamu's name was essentially a play on the words "She-Namu".
- She was originally caught to be a tankmate for Namu, but aggression between them resulted in Shamu being put up for sale, for $75,000.
- Shamu was captured on October 31st, 1965 (from Carr Inlet, Washington), spent the entirety of her captive life at SeaWorld San Diego (the first orca ever acquired by SW), and died on August 23rd, 1971.Please. Keep captivity-related comments to a minimum. In creating this stamp, I only mean to help spread the message that not every orca is "Shamu". Thank you.