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Shamu Stamp by grayorca Shamu Stamp by grayorca
Because I'm so tired of hearing/reading "went to SeaWorld, saw Shamu" type comments. :doh:

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: orcahome.de/

YouTube:
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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."

Other facts:
- 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.
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:iconlazyorca:
LazyOrca Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
Gah hearing the Shamu thing drives me nuts too. :lmao: Poor original Shamu... 
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:iconcamy-orca:
Camy-Orca Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really good stamp. Using. 
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:icongrayorca:
grayorca Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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:iconcamy-orca:
Camy-Orca Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome.
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Thylacinus1 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
All of those animals are just "stage animals" its a circus. And circuses are being banned for their treatment of wild animals in many countries around the world and increasing.


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:icongrayorca:
grayorca Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always thought of it as a collective phase different cultures go through. Some 'outgrow' it faster than others, it seems.
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Thylacinus1 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well with the world wide focus and outrage hopefully that will be quickened.
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:icondaybreaksdawn:
DaybreaksDawn Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I read the story of the real Shamu quite a while ago. If I remember correctly, she was a female orca caught to be a companion to the male orca Namu, in a small sea-pen in Canada. She proved to be a little too rough and was sold to Seaworld. (I believe this happened in the fifties of sixties?)
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:icongrayorca:
grayorca Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True (except that she was captured in Washington). She lived in captivity from 1965 to 1971, as opposed to Namu, who barely survived eleven months.
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GenTamoraJeanCalhoun Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I had forgotten all about Shamu's death....it's been so long since I've been to Sea World.
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:icongrayorca:
grayorca Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Though I've never been, part of the reason behind me wanting to learn more about the franchise's orcas was the discovery that Shamu was merely a stage name nowadays. :hmm:
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:iconthe-corsair:
The-Corsair Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I LOVE THIS!
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:icongrayorca:
grayorca Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. I think it gets the point across. :)
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:iconthe-corsair:
The-Corsair Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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:icontreekami:
Treekami Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL I like! XD Silly kids thinking that they seen Shamu.
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:icongrayorca:
grayorca Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What I wouldn't give for a crowd of them, to show this to in person, and explain how the wool was pulled over their eyes. :XD:
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:icontreekami:
Treekami Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha I could see you smacking his stamp on their forehead and lecturing them. XD
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:icongrayorca:
grayorca Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:rofl:

I would, too. And send 'em home with it to explain to anyone they ran into on the way what it meant. :D
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:icontreekami:
Treekami Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: too funny XD *imagines this scene taking place*
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:icongrayorca:
grayorca Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Forget big, fancy speeches. Sometimes the bluntest of messages are the ones that get through. :XD:
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:icontreekami:
Treekami Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaha yup!
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NyratheDragoness Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That.would.be.so.weird.if.every.orca.was.shamu



Person:Hi Shamu!!!

All Shamus:WHICH ONE!!!!!!
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:icongrayorca:
grayorca Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed.

Kinda humans and our overly-popular names: John, for example.
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NyratheDragoness Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
yuuuuup
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:iconpartpercheron:
PartPercheron Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How come in seaworld when tilikum is coming out why do they have the crowd shout shamu and not tilikum?
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:icongrayorca:
grayorca Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Because that's the stage name SeaWorld gives their orcas.
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:iconpartpercheron:
PartPercheron Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ohhhh. I am going to seaworld this summer and I get to see Tilikum in his "One Ocean" show
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:icongrayorca:
grayorca Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Next summer, you mean? 2012's summer is just about over. ;)
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:iconpartpercheron:
PartPercheron Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yah sorry! I forgot summers over XD school sooo boring it makes it feel like its still summer
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:icongrayorca:
grayorca Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can relate. :XD:
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:iconpartpercheron:
PartPercheron Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you been to seaworld?
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:icongrayorca:
grayorca Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No. Would like to go someday, though.
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:iconthe-seawolf:
the-seawolf Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012   Photographer
I get where you are coming from, but unless somebody wants to learn the animal's names they aren't going to care either way. I know people who visit SW regularly and couldn't care less about knowing the animal's name. If people want to, they can find out and will. If they don't want to (the majority) then they went to SeaWorld and saw Shamu. And that's just great too. It'll never be more to them just because it means something more to individuals like us.

Plus, there are so many other factors to consider and explain why SeaWorld does the things the way it does.

But anyways, nice stamp.
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:icongrayorca:
grayorca Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Valid point. I'm not aiming to change the mind of every and anyone who may see this stamp. Merely expressing a fact for what it is. Thanks. :)
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:iconvanzkie:
Vanzkie Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student
So true, though I just knew them online before I learned about people calling every orca in Seaworld "Shamu"
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:icongrayorca:
grayorca Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed. I suppose for those enlightened as to the orcas' real names, hearing the name said over and over gets old fairly fast. Hence, why I thought to make this little stamp. :shrug:
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ISeeTheLattice Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL... very good
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:icongrayorca:
grayorca Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :)
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AkelahNaih Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great stamp! Each orca is so unique and have their own story, just deeming them call 'shamu' is not very fair. It's great to reserch and learn about the the different orcas :)
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:icongrayorca:
grayorca Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, it is. If even one person is motivated to look more deeply into the overall subject of captive killer whales, I'll feel this stamp was worth the time it took to make, and then some. :)
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:iconakelahnaih:
AkelahNaih Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very true!
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:iconladydemona:
LadyDemona Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
I love seaworld though I haven't been there in awhile.
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:icongrayorca:
grayorca Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't mean to discount the park in making this stamp. I'm simply stating a fact for what it is.
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:iconladydemona:
LadyDemona Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
I know it irks me that all the orcas are called Shamu I agree with you guys I think they should just keep the orca's individual names.
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:icongrayorca:
grayorca Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen. :nod:
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:iconanoorca:
AnoOrca Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That bothers me too. Hopefully this helps spread awareness, and encourages people to learn their real names, and real stories.
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:icongrayorca:
grayorca Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly. One need not ramble on and on about the issue. Something as simple as this may be enough to encourage one person to look deeper into the issue, and hopefully for the better.
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SilenceisBrilliant Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wish that Seaworld would call the orcas by their name for shows instead of "Shamu."

Now all the orcas are "Shamu" to so many people :/
I think, that the only people who really appreciate the orcas as much as the trainers do are the ones that know all of the orca's names, and really know that they are not Shamu.
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:icongrayorca:
grayorca Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed. And I don't mean to discount the orca herself in making a stamp like this, but bleak messages are sometimes all one can use to grab another's attention.
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SilenceisBrilliant Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah :/

I hope Seaworld-goers get the message soon.
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