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Shamu Stamp by grayorca Shamu Stamp by grayorca
Because I'm so tired of hearing/reading "I went to SeaWorld and 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: [link]

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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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:iconcamy-orca:
Camy-Orca Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really good stamp. Using. 
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grayorca Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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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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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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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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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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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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