Captive Killer Whales that Escaped or were Released!


Of 27 killer whales , 8 escaped their holding pens and 19 were released.

NameSexOriginCapture DateHolding AreaEscaped / ReleasedTime in Captivity
No nameFPacific Northwest, North America1966/1/5Salish SeaEscaped 1966/1/94 days
HyakMGarden Bay, Pender Harbor, British Columbia, Canada1968/2/21Pender Harbor, British Columbia, CanadaReleased 1969/2346 days (11 months, 11 days)
Irving / Skookum / CecilMGarden Bay, Pender Harbor, British Columbia, Canada1968/4/26Pender Harbor, British Columbia, CanadaEscaped 1968/8/26122 days (4 months)
IshmaelMYukon Harbor, Bainbridge Island, Washington State, USA1968/10/5US Navy, HawaiiEscaped 1971/2/19867 days (2 years, 4 months, 14 days)
Charlie Chin / T1 / M1MPedder Bay, British Columbia, Canada1970/3/1Pedder Bay, British Columbia, CanadaEscaped 1970/10/27240 days (7 months, 26 days)
Pointednose Cow / T2 / M2FPedder Bay, British Columbia, Canada1970/3/1Pedder Bay, British Columbia, CanadaEscaped 1970/10/27240 days (7 months, 26 days)
Taku / K1MPedder Bay, British Columbia, Canada1973/8Pedder Bay, British Columbia, CanadaReleased 1973/1061 days (2 months)
T13 / O5FBudd Inlet, Washington State, USA1976/3/7Budd Inlet, Washington State, USAReleased 1976/4/2650 days (1 month, 19 days)
T14 / O4MBudd Inlet, Washington State, USA1976/3/7Budd Inlet, Washington State, USAReleased 1976/4/2650 days (1 month, 19 days)
No nameMIceland1978/11Saedyrasafnid, IcelandReleased 1979/292 days (3 months)
No nameN/AIceland1978/11Saedyrasafnid, IcelandReleased 1979/292 days (3 months)
No nameN/AIceland1978/11Saedyrasafnid, IcelandReleased 1979/292 days (3 months)
Keiko / Kago / KegoMMedallands Bugt, Iceland1979/11Taknes Bay, NorwayReleased 2002/7/308307 days (22 years, 8 months, 29 days)
No nameN/AJapan1982/2Taiji, JapanEscaped 1982Unknown
No nameN/AJapan1982/2Taiji, JapanEscaped1982Unknown
A73 / SpringerFSeattle, Washington State, USA2002/6/12Manchester, Washington State, USAReleased 2002/7/1432 days (1 month, 2 days)
No nameFRussia2010/7/20Russian sea penEscaped 2010/812 days
LehaMSea of Okhotsk, Russia2018/8Srednyaya Bay, Primorsky Krai, RussiaReleased 2019/6/27330 days (10 months, 26 days)
VasilievnaFSea of Okhotsk, Russia2018/8Srednyaya Bay, Primorsky Krai, RussiaReleased 2019/6/27330 days (10 months, 26 days)
AlexandraFSea of Okhotsk, Russia2018/8Srednyaya Bay, Primorsky Krai, RussiaReleased 2019/7/16349 days (11 months, 15 days)
VitasMSea of Okhotsk, Russia2018/8Srednyaya Bay, Primorsky Krai, RussiaReleased 2019/7/16349 days (11 months, 15 days)
ZinaFSea of Okhotsk, Russia2018/8Srednyaya Bay, Primorsky Krai, RussiaReleased 2019/7/16349 days (11 months, 15 days)
GaikaFSea of Okhotsk, Russia2018/8Srednyaya Bay, Primorsky Krai, RussiaReleased 2019/8/6370 days (1 year, 5 days)
TihonMSea of Okhotsk, Russia2018/8Srednyaya Bay, Primorsky Krai, RussiaReleased 2019/8/6370 days (1 year, 5 days)
ZoyaFSea of Okhotsk, Russia2018/8Srednyaya Bay, Primorsky Krai, RussiaReleased 2019/8/6370 days (1 year, 5 days)
Harja / KharyaFSea of Okhotsk, Russia2018/8Srednyaya Bay, Primorsky Krai, RussiaReleased 2019/8/27391 days (1 year, 26 days)
ForestMSea of Okhotsk, Russia2018/8Srednyaya Bay, Primorsky Krai, RussiaReleased 2019/8/27391 days (1 year, 26 days)

Sources:
 Data collected by OrcaHome.de (discontinued) was used as baseline for this spreadsheet, particularly capture dates. One notable source is “Orca – The Whale Called Killer” by Erich Hoyt
 Capture date for Ishmael was found in a U.S Navy document regarding Project Deep Ops (found here).
 Time in captivity was calculated using a calculator. The end date was not included (otherwise this would’ve added a day) as the whales passed away before the 24 hour mark. Some capture dates and death dates lack an exact day or month due to insufficient historical data. In this case, 01 is used for an unknown day and January is used for an unknown month unless a season is specified, then the first month of the season is used.